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by Huang Chun-ming,Howard Goldblatt

From the preeminent writer of Taiwanese nativist fiction and the leading translator of Chinese literature come these poignant accounts of everyday life in rural and small-town Taiwan. Huang is frequently cited as one of the most original and gifted storytellers in the Chinese language, and these selections reveal his genius. In "The Two Sign Painters," TV reporters ambush two young workers from the country taking a break atop a twenty-four-story building. "His Son's Big Doll" introduces the tortured soul inside a walking advertisement, and in "Xiaoqi's Cap" a dissatisfied pressure-cooker salesman is fascinated by a young schoolgirl.Huang's characters―generally the uneducated and disadvantaged who must cope with assaults on their traditionalism, hostility from their urban brethren and, of course, the debilitating effects of poverty―come to life in all their human uniqueness, free from idealization.
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ISBN: 0231122616
ISBN13: 978-0231122610
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Huang Chun-ming,Howard Goldblatt
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (May 15, 2001)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1692 kb
FB2 size: 1811 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 511
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I had to read this book for class, but I enjoyed this book because the stories were hilarious and well written. They also give you an understanding of the culture, characteristics, and mindsets of the general Taiwanese commoners during the time period and their opinions and perceptions of one another and of foreigners. An entertaining read.
Received the book with a big circular sticker "Textbook Rush" on the front cover and that bothered me. Otherwise book was in very good condition; almost like new.
The book was on time, in good condition, and good price. Cheaper than buying at my university bookstore. would buy again from this seller.
Taste of Apples offers a collection of stark, bittersweet short stories. Following classic form, each one of Huang Chun-Ming's stories about rural Taiwan unravels perceptions about how things appear to be ... the plots are never predictable, and his language bare and minimalist, offering little flowery foreshadowing. The title "Ringworms" seems to have nothing to do with the subject of the aforenamed story, until the sudden, unsentimental ending.
Reading the folksy translation, it's easy to forget the stories are set in the Taiwan of some 30-40 years ago. Although the prologue portrays Huang Chun-Ming as a largely self-taught author, his tales are reminscent of Twain or O. Henry.
Howard Goldblatt lived up to the formidable challenge of interpreting obscure country colloquialisms into English, I could help but feel that some of the cultural contexts could have used more explanations, in the prologue or in footnotes. The exception to this is Sayonara/Zaijian, the last and best tale in this collection, in which cultural context is laid out in almost painful bluntness.