Village Of Stone

Author:   Xiaolu Guo
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9780099459071


Pages:   192
Publication Date:   04 August 2005
Format:   Paperback
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I see myself on a boat, steering far out to sea, to the seas of the Village of Stone, and as the waves grow clearer in my memory, I find myself moving farther away from this enormous city, from these enormous buildings and crowds - Coral and her Frisbee-obsessed boyfriend Red live on the ground floor of a cramped, oppressive tower block in modern-day Beijing. The arrival of a mysterious package threatens to shatter an already fragile existence; and as the smell of the sea floods her home, Coral is transported back to a childhood dominated by solitude, fear and shame. Born on a boat during a storm, and orphaned soon after, Coral was raised by silent grandparents amongst the stern and superstitious fishermen of the Village of Stone. Shunned from birth as a bringer of ill fortune, she was exposed to the malevolent, threatening forces of a closed-off society. At fifteen, she escaped to the big city and shut the door on the darkness of her past. As the narrative shifts between the forbidding sprawl of Beijing and the hypnotic rhythms of a tiny coastal village, our narrator struggles to navigate a path through painful and hidden memories of a time of hatred; a time spent helpless, cold and alone. But when an old, sick man appears on Coral's doorstep, the past and present shockingly converge, and she is forced to confront the secrets of her history in order to realise her dreams for the future. Beautifully poetic and lyrical, haunting yet infused with a quiet and gentle humour, VILLAGE OF STONE is a startling and bewitching novel about memory, loss, and the search for redemption, from one of contemporary China's freshest voices.

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Author:   Xiaolu Guo
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Vintage
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.30cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.138kg
ISBN:  

9780099459071


ISBN 10:   0099459078
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   04 August 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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A refreshing departure from much of the recent Chinese fiction to reach these shores. The language has the pared-down simplicity of a fable; the effect is a bit like that of a Haruki Murakami novel Times Literary Supplement Open this book and you will see a Chinese girl stepping towards you out of China's past and into its present, with all her dreams and striving -- Xinran Exquisitely written and intricately contructed Independent Reading it is rather like finding yourself in a dream: once upon a time... People are going to like this book very much... What could have been a misery of a story has the mysterious charm of a fairy tale or a legend -- Doris Lessing


A refreshing departure from much of the recent Chinese fiction to reach these shores. The language has the pared-down simplicity of a fable; the effect is a bit like that of a Haruki Murakami novel * Times Literary Supplement * Open this book and you will see a Chinese girl stepping towards you out of China's past and into its present, with all her dreams and striving -- Xinran Exquisitely written and intricately contructed * Independent * Reading it is rather like finding yourself in a dream: once upon a time... People are going to like this book very much... What could have been a misery of a story has the mysterious charm of a fairy tale or a legend -- Doris Lessing


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Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in the south of China in 1973. She was awarded an MA in Film from the Beijing Film Academy in 2000 and has worked as a novelist, essayist, screenwriter and filmmaker. Having studied documentary film at the National Film and Television School in London, she now lives in Berkshire and is working on a new novel. Her most recent documentary The Concrete Revolution has been screened at the Raindance Independent Film Festival, the Oxford International Documentary film festival and the New York film festival.

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