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The Day the Sun Died Reading this novel is exactly like listening to someone tell you their dream, where it takes them about four hours to tell you the whole thing, and it is a well known fact that listening to someone tell you about their dream is never quite as interesting dreaming it yourself. via my blog Astonished, I walked out of his room, and saw him heading toward the lake, like a ghost heading toward the grave I read somewhere this book has political meaning, and it can certainly be seen in the sleepwalking villagers, not much different from their hard working daily lives Going about their business, laboring , as if on automatic, is this the Chinese dream Are they ready to embrace the modern world, should they, do they even want to Tee via my blog Astonished, I walked out of his room, and saw him heading toward the lake, like a ghost heading toward the grave I read somewhere this book has political meaning, and it can certainly be seen in the sleepwalking villagers, not much different from their hard working daily lives Going about their business, laboring , as if on automatic, is this the Chinese dream Are they ready to embrace the modern world, should they, do they even want to Teenager Li Niannian and his parents run the New World funerary shop, his parents creating Chinese paper offerings for the dead, supplying the deceased with everything they might need in the afterlife Once, his father secretly aided his uncle by giving news when someone in the village died, denying them their secret burials forcing them to cremate their loved ones This continues to shame him, and comes to light during the somnambulism of one strange night The sun has set, but the villagers on the mountainside are acting as though the day is still on, working, some behaving in bizarre ways, finally revealing desires they would never have otherwise acted upon Some confessing things that have troubled their conscience, much like Li Niannian s father But it s turning dangerous, some are seeking the water, risking their lives Li Niannian and his family know they must save the villagers from themselves or there will be no one left come morning, if the sun hasn t truly died How do you convince people they are not really awake What if things turn violent, murderous Uncle Shao Dacheng is very successful but the villagers don t want to shirk their traditional burials for cremation, then there is the special corpse oil which is another facet of this surreal story It turns darkly disturbing as madness ensues, who will save the day When will this darkest of nights end Will they ever wake up It s interesting to think of the poverty striken and how politics control their lives, down to how they bury their dead How little control they seem to have, how true feelings can only arise in a dream state, a repressed people An original that hasmeaning than I can ever hope to explain.Linake is an award winning, successful contemporary author in China.Pulication Date December 28, 2018Grove AtlanticGrove Press Yan s latest novel to be translated into English is a poetic nightmare called The Day the Sun Died It s the creepiest book I ve read in years a social comedy that bleeds like a zombie apocalypse.The story takes place during a deadly summer night in a small village in central China Our narrator is a 14 year old boy named Li Niannian, whose parents own the New World funerary shop that sold everything dead people might need Li confesses that almost everyone refers to him as an idiot, but th Yan s latest novel to be translated into English is a poetic nightmare called The Day the Sun Died It s the creepiest book I ve read in years a social comedy that bleeds like a zombie apocalypse.The story takes place during a deadly summer night in a small village in central China Our narrator is a 14 year old boy named Li Niannian, whose parents own the New World funerary shop that sold everything dead people might need Li confesses that almost everyone refers to him as an idiot, but that s not fair He may be naive and guileless, but he s no idiot In fact, he s telling this story himself only because his neighbor, the novelist Yan Lianke, is worn out and hopeless Li tells us he s read all of Yan s books, but the experience is like asking my eyes to eat rotten fruit the first of many self deprecating jokes Until Yan can recover his inspiration, Li will have to fill in I have no choice, he tells us, but to recount everything in a halting, scattered way Hardly.What follows is an artfully organized, minute by minute description of the great somnambulism, a horrific night of sleepwalking that blotted out the sky and blanketed the earth, leaving everything in a state of chaos As soon as dusk fades into darkness, the half conscious inhabitants of Li s village rise again and lumber back to their regular work Everyone appeared to be very busy, Li says Very, very busy With her eyes closed, Li s mother madly cuts paper wreaths for the dead Li s uncle frantically threshes wheat in his sleep while chanting A man can t let his wife and children go hungry A man can t let his wife and children go hungry To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert The thing I love the most about this book is the title It is exactly as suggestive and thought provoking as the rest of the book.This isn t exactly a page turner Actually, the descriptive parts read almost like non fiction or research paper Yan Lianke really does transport you to an authentic China, one of the best Chinese writers I have read.I think this book will make many interested into the Asian culture and the story provides amazing entertainment while forcing you to ask questions you p The thing I love the most about this book is the title It is exactly as suggestive and thought provoking as the rest of the book.This isn t exactly a page turner Actually, the descriptive parts read almost like non fiction or research paper Yan Lianke really does transport you to an authentic China, one of the best Chinese writers I have read.I think this book will make many interested into the Asian culture and the story provides amazing entertainment while forcing you to ask questions you probably wouldn t want to address otherwise I felt like a whole new layer of me was added after finishing this.Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review It s an imaginative satire of modern China In a rural setting, and over the course of one night, people start dreamwalking carrying out activities that they were thinking about or doing before they went to sleep Slowly the night becomeschaotic and violent Lin is a 14 year old boy and his parents try to stem the tied and work to making the sun come up again and the night to end.My main criticism of this interesting interpretation of the dangers of modernisation, the great dream of rene It s an imaginative satire of modern China In a rural setting, and over the course of one night, people start dreamwalking carrying out activities that they were thinking about or doing before they went to sleep Slowly the night becomeschaotic and violent Lin is a 14 year old boy and his parents try to stem the tied and work to making the sun come up again and the night to end.My main criticism of this interesting interpretation of the dangers of modernisation, the great dream of renewal, is it seemed to meander repetitively for some time before something new was introduced The cheeky thoughts of Lin and how he viewed his world before dreamwalking was a highlight for me I really liked the premise of this book, but reading it felt like a chore Particularly annoying is the writer s tendency to repeat sentences or phrases For example, In front of the shop, everyone was nervous as though the air were too thin Out in the streets, everyone was nervous as though the air were too thin Or certain dialogue is always said twice, one after the other If this is supposed to be a literary style, I am just not digging it Perhaps other people foundmerit in this bo I really liked the premise of this book, but reading it felt like a chore Particularly annoying is the writer s tendency to repeat sentences or phrases For example, In front of the shop, everyone was nervous as though the air were too thin Out in the streets, everyone was nervous as though the air were too thin Or certain dialogue is always said twice, one after the other If this is supposed to be a literary style, I am just not digging it Perhaps other people foundmerit in this book Maybe something got lost in tranlation editing I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review A powerful, captivating work of artSouth China Morning PostThis exuberant but sinister fable confirms its author as one of China s most audacious and enigmatic novelistsEconomist I cannot recall another work of fiction that was so difficult to read Many times I wanted to give up, but did not because I was pretty sure this author was doing something important.By difficult, I mean the telling is dreamlike and muddled, and very repetitive A lot of what happens is bizarre and even repellent especially the business about extracting corpse oil from dead bodies before cremating them, and then storing unimaginably vast quantities of the stuff in barrels countless columns o I cannot recall another work of fiction that was so difficult to read Many times I wanted to give up, but did not because I was pretty sure this author was doing something important.By difficult, I mean the telling is dreamlike and muddled, and very repetitive A lot of what happens is bizarre and even repellent especially the business about extracting corpse oil from dead bodies before cremating them, and then storing unimaginably vast quantities of the stuff in barrels countless columns of death , potentially for use as an industrial lubricant.On the other hand, I understood this to be a commentary on a dark period in China s history, a period in which, for example, vital organs are said to be harvested from political prisoners The scenario in which burials are deemed illegal, bounties are paid to informants who report them, and the guy in charge of the crematorium grows rich it soundsor less authentic to this spouse of an immigrant from China But in all fairness China is hardly the only land to have experienced prolonged periods of darkness, and that s why it concerns me so Anything that has happened there could also happen here The metaphors are pretty obvious, and daring, and I felt I owed it to the author to continue reading Even so, the middle three quarters of the book was heavy sledding indeed I divide it that way because I made it an eighth of the way in before becoming bogged down by the pervasive weirdness, and in the final eighth there was, at long last, hope of attaining the end The bulk of the story concerns the night of the great somnambulism, which is a seemingly endless night in which the people of the narrator s town enter a dreamlike state while in many cases continuing to do in their sleep what they normally do when awake For ordinary people this means working in the fields and for rich people it means playing mah jongg and feasting Sometimes people are not aware they are dreamwalking, sometimes they are As a character in his own novel, Yan Lianke asks, Why can I not write a story about someone who knows she is sleeping while sleeping About how she is able to interact with and speak to the waking world while still in her dreams Yan too is in that state, and for that reason he has inspiration to write a story this story as long as nobody wakes him up He says being in that condition is a gift from the spirits in heaven It s like being able to observe the events of this world while in another world a great concept, don t you think.Other characters believe it s an affliction It frees people to settle old scores with those they dislike Or it causes them to stumble into the river and drown Meanwhile, quite a few others resort to rampant looting until, as one late arrival complains, the town s stores have already been robbed bare It was not clear to me whether the thieves are also dreamwalking I suppose they must be But the narrator says they re using the general chaos as a pretext.He tells us the people pray that the sun will come soon, so everything can return to normal However, at the time one would expect dawn to occur it doesn t The night s catastrophe seemed to have just started This is when a radio announcer blandly informs listeners that, due to an unusual meteorological condition, the sun will not shine today, and in fact daytime will be indistinguishable from the middle of the night The chaos intensifies, with the arrival of carloads of violent outsiders, their voices like floodwaters rushing toward the town, and with local folk tying yellow ribbons around their heads and vowing to kill anyone without that identification And people are indeed being killed, viciously, with hoes and cleavers and anything that comes to hand At this point it s hard to imagine order ever being restored.To the extent that any sense can be made of the chaos, it appears that the town s besieged residents are now trying to preserve what they ve always had, whereas the intruders are shaking up the established order of things so they can have it all The narrator observes sadly, this great war had erupted over the future and the past As for the present, it either had been completely forgotten, or had been transformed into a nightmare For me, that improbably brought to mind a line from a Lee Child novel I d just heard on audiotape while commuting The future means nothing if we don t live to see it It also suggested current events very close to home.In conclusion, I did not enjoy this reading nearly as much as the other one by Yan Lianke to have come my way But I m giving it four stars anyway because of its significance The reality of life in China today contrasts with the sunny optimism of the Chinese dream in this gripping, gruesome dystopia from one of the masters of modern Chinese literature Jung Chang One dusk in early June, in a town deep in the Balou mountains, fourteen year old Li Niannian notices that something strange is going on As the residents would usually be settling down for the night, instead they start appearing in the streets and fields There are people everywhereLi Niannian watches, mystified But then he realises the people are dreamwalking, carrying on with their daily business as if the sun hadn t already gone down And before too long, as and people succumb, in the black of night all hell breaks looseSet over the course of one night, The Day the Sun Died pits chaos and darkness against the sunny optimism of the Chinese dream promoted by President Xi Jinping We are thrown into the middle of an increasingly strange and troubling waking nightmare as Li Niannian and his father struggle to save the town, and persuade the beneficent sun to rise againPraise for Yan Lianke s books Nothing short of a masterpiece Guardian A hyper real tour de force, a blistering condemnation of political corruption and excess Financial Times Mordant satire from a brave fabulist Daily MailExuberant and imaginative Sunday TimesI can think of few better novelists than Yan, with his superlative gifts for storytelling and penetrating eye for truth New York Times Book Review Read for a book club assignment Almost every sentence in this book is expressed as a metaphor or simile Also, the narrator and characters repeat themselves as though the reader won t understand unless without reading something multiple times It s interesting at first, but soon grows tiring Perhaps this is a normal way of writing in Chinese, but I found it got in the way of the story.The story itself is an interesting way to present criticism of the government in a fictitious manner, which I Read for a book club assignment Almost every sentence in this book is expressed as a metaphor or simile Also, the narrator and characters repeat themselves as though the reader won t understand unless without reading something multiple times It s interesting at first, but soon grows tiring Perhaps this is a normal way of writing in Chinese, but I found it got in the way of the story.The story itself is an interesting way to present criticism of the government in a fictitious manner, which I assume helps the author avoid punishment The concept of people reverting to their base instincts while dream walking is compelling The author makes fun of his own books in multiple ways throughout Firstly, he make cameo appearances as a neighbor and uncle of the 14 year old narrator Also, this narrator reads, but doesn t much like, the authors books, saying things like, When I read his books, it is as though I were asking my eyes to eat rotten fruit and, Even if I felt that Uncle Yan did not write well, I would have no choice but to read his books, the same way that even if you don t like sweet potatoes, you still have no choice but to eat them if that is all you have And to top this off, he makes fun of his books by giving them fake names For example, the book Lenin s Kisses is referred to in the story as Kissing Lenin among other names.Again, much nuance might have been lost in the translation But I felt that overall the story was rather tedious and many of the characters responses to life and death rather dull and uninspired Fortunately, it s a much shorter novel than Atlas Shrugged

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