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The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Set In Post World War II Shanghai, The Song Of Everlasting Sorrow Follows The Adventures Of Wang Qiyao, A Girl Born Of The Longtong, The Crowded, Labyrinthine Alleys Of Shanghai S Working Class Neighborhoods.Infatuated With The Glitz And Glamour Of 1940s Hollywood, Wang Qiyao Seeks Fame In The Miss Shanghai Beauty Pageant, And This Fleeting Moment Of Stardom Becomes The Pinnacle Of Her Life During The Next Four Decades, Wang Qiyao Indulges In The Decadent Pleasures Of Pre Liberation Shanghai, Secretly Playing Mahjong During The Antirightist Movement And Exchanging Lovers On The Eve Of The Cultural Revolution Surviving The Vicissitudes Of Modern Chinese History, Wang Qiyao Emerges In The 1980s As A Purveyor Of Old Shanghai A Living Incarnation Of A New, Commodified Nostalgia That Prizes Splendor And Sophistication Only To Become Embroiled In A Tragedy That Echoes The Pulpy Hollywood Noirs Of Her Youth.From The Violent Persecution Of Communism To The Liberalism And Openness Of The Age Of Reform, This Sorrowful Tale Of Old China Versus New, Of Perseverance In The Face Of Adversity, Is A Timeless Rendering Of Our Never Ending Quest For Transformation And Beauty.


10 thoughts on “The Song of Everlasting Sorrow

  1. says:

    The passage of time associated with those old jazz records was indeed a good thing it had smoothed things out until they were strong and fine, rubbing off the superficial layers to reveal the inner grain, like gold emerging when the fire has burned away the dross But what he saw that day was not an object, like an old jazz record, but a person. The closest autho...


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    I have been looking for a modern Chinese novel that was not constructed around the political horrors China has passed through during the past one hundred years Wang Anyi s beautifully textured novel fits the bill One cannot quite say that it is apolitical, for the political context is always the white noise humming just outside the Shanghai apartments, restaurants, and shops where Wang Qiyao, whose life this novel traces, and her array of lovers, friends, and family mix and mingle over a perio I have been looking for a modern Chinese novel that was not constructed around the political horrors China has passed through during the past one hundred years Wang Anyi s beautifully textured novel fits the bill One cannot quite say that it is apolitical, for the political context is always the white noise humming just outside the Shanghai apartments, restaurants, and shops where Wang Qiyao, ...


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    The Song of Everlasting Sorrow A Novel of Shanghai by Wang Anyi opens with exquisite descriptions of Shanghai and its distinct and mysterious longtang neighborhoods that are as much a character as Wang Qiyao, a former beauty queen whose life has gone sadly awry Wang Oiyao, comes together with ...


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    By the time Wang Anyi introduces her protagonist Wang Qiyao, she shares an intimate tour of the city, Shanghai Wang Anyi takes time to tell her readers the long intricate alleys, the way gossip travels through crevices of shared walls, the beautiful view of the city through the eyes of its pigeons and the changing times when girls dream of beauty pageants and PhDs The protagonist and Shanghai are coming to terms with China s newfound modernity and the influence of the west on the country, on t By the time Wang Anyi introduces her protagonist Wang Qiyao, she shares an intimate tour of the city, Shanghai Wang Anyi takes time to tell her readers the long intricate alleys, the way gossip travels through crevices of shared walls, the beautiful view of the city through the eyes of its pigeons and the changing times when girls dream of beauty pageants and PhDs The protagonist and Shanghai are coming to terms with China s newfound modernity and the influence of the west on t...


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    Think a Chinese Zola an epic novel of social change revolving around the life of a single woman, from her youth in the glittering heyday of Paris of the East Shanghai, to the tumult of the Deng Xiaoping era This alone should be a ringing enough endorsement.Wang Anyi s relationship to the upheavals of 20th Century China is also fascinating, and often in a rather perverse way While the great realists of the 19th Century whom Wang takes her cue from Zola, Balzac, Tolstoy were all able to Think a Chinese Zola an epic novel of social change revolving around the life of a single woman, from her youth in the glittering heyday of Paris of the East Shanghai, to the tumult of the Deng Xiaoping era This alone should be a ringing enough endorsement.Wang Anyi s relationship to the upheavals of 20th Century China is also fascinating, and often in a rather perverse way While the great realists of the 19th Century whom Wang takes her cue from Zola, Balzac, Tolstoy were all able to toss full fledged political bombs, you can sense the invisible bonds of self censorship The 1948 Revolution is almost an afterthought, and the Cultural Revolution is addressedlike a sidenote and then times were tough and shit It s only when Deng enters the scene that Wang Anyi actually comes out guns blazing, and her narration doesn t ...


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    OnceI ve read a Chinese novel that I just couldn t get into I SHOULD have been able to get into this novel because it talked about the struggles of a woman protagonist But I just couldn t understand the character I couldn t feel much empathy for her either All of the time, I kept thinking, Just what is going through her mind Why did she do that Why did she say that She seemed every bit as much a stranger to me at the end of the book as at the beginning.And the end of the book ende OnceI ve read a Chinese novel that I just couldn t get into I SHOULD have been able to get into this novel because it talked about the struggles of a woman protagonist But I just couldn t understand the character I couldn t feel much empathy for her either All of the time, I kept thinking, Just what is going through her mind Why did she do that Why did she say that She seemed every bit as...


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    It s not, unfortunately, as good as its reputation would lead one to believe The style can occasionally become wearisome, in particular in those purple passages where the author seems to be trying too hard to impress I had always been brought up to believe that excessive use of , especially run together one after another, is a sign of weak writing, rather than of cleverness This is no presumably not the fault of the author, but, like other writers publishing in China today, Wang conveys the It s not, unfortunately, as good as its reput...


  8. says:

    Some years ago there s a movie based on this novel, but I never am interested enough to watch it, and I don t think I ll be interested enough to read the book any time soon.


  9. says:

    Splendid translation of a fine novel, way to go Michael Berry and Susan Chan Egan


  10. says:

    The longtang are the backdrop of this city Streets and buildings emerge around them in a series of dots and lines, like the subtle brushstrokes that bring life to the empty expanses of white paper in a traditional Chinese landscape painting As day turns into night and the city lights up, these dots and lines begin to glimmer However, underneath the glitter lies an immense blanket of darkness these are the longtang of Shanghai Wang s writing style takes a while to get into The Song of Eve The longtang are the backdrop of this city Streets and buildings emerge around them in a series of...


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