Cries in the Drizzle (Paperback)
Anchor Books, 9780307279996, 304pp.
Publication Date: October 9, 2007
The middle son of three, Sun Guanglin is constantly neglected ignored by his parents and his younger and older brother. Sent away at age six to live with another family, he returns to his parents house six years later on the same night that their home burns to the ground, making him even more a black sheep. Yet Sun Guanglin's status as an outcast, both at home and in his village, places him in a unique position to observe the changing nature of Chinese society, as social dynamics and his very own family are changed forever under Communist rule.
With its moving, thoughtful prose, "Cries in the Drizzle" is a stunning addition to the wide-ranging work of one of China's most distinguished contemporary writers.
About the Author
Allan H. Barr is the translator of a collection of short stories by Yu Hua, and his research on Ming and Qing literature has been published both in the West and in China. He is Professor of Chinese at Pomona College.
Praise For Cries in the Drizzle…
Praise for Yu Hua’s Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
“Immensely moving. . . . Artfully constructed, beautifully written, and stealthily consuming–it repeatedly stops you in your tracks.” —The Boston Globe
“Epic. . . . Offers unforgettable images of cruelty and kindness.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Vital and electric. . . . Shows the persistence of human sensibility in the face of totalitarian logic.”