Mian Mian Andrea Lingenfelter
- Title: Candy
- Author: Mian Mian Andrea Lingenfelter
- ISBN: 9780316563567
- Page: 170
- Format: Paperback
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I quit trusting anything that anyone told me.My life was skidding into darkness at high speed, and I couldn t stop it.I didn t think that there was a man anywhere in the world who could love me.I was 22 years old and dead on the vine.I want to see a thousand lonely strangers dancing happily at my party.An international literary phenomenon now available for the first timeI quit trusting anything that anyone told me.My life was skidding into darkness at high speed, and I couldn t stop it.I didn t think that there was a man anywhere in the world who could love me.I was 22 years old and dead on the vine.I want to see a thousand lonely strangers dancing happily at my party.An international literary phenomenon now available for the first time in English translation Candy is a blast of sex, drugs, and rock n roll that opens up to us a modern China we ve never seen before.
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You may wonder, why such a low rating? Well, personally, I did not like it. However, before you dismiss this book as completely unreadable, simply on the grounds of my rating let me first explain a little about the significance of this book and some of the others in its genre. Am I making any sense? Please bear with me, while I sum up a very brief history of contemporary China.‹!-- History blurb --›You must understand that China used to be a country that moved in cycles, dynasty followed dyn [...]
The English translation of this doesn't seem like English. Look at this:"But once, during a fight, somebody had fired a gun, and Sanmao had fainted in fear. When he woke up, he vowed to go straight, and he took up singing songs by the Taiwan pop star Qi Tai. From there he got into rock and roll. The smell of air-conditioning, the smell of heroin, real and bogus, the smell of condoms, the smell of blow jobs, the smell of fast-food take-out containers, the smell of frozen fruit, the black-and-whit [...]
I think I liked (not loved) and hated this book at the same time. It was good at the beginning and I found it quite moving. The writing is, like others say, poetic and haunting, tragic with an ounce of humour. The love story with Saining to me, didn't really get that old. It did go on for the entire book but it didn't get old for me. To me, the book went downhill fast at the end with the disjointed narrating style. Seems like Mian Mian didn't know where she was going with the story. It got confu [...]
I love this book. I find it very restful. I do not like books that portray heroin addiction as heroic. The persistent image of the artist as addict is a disservice to art and creativity. Junkies have no imagination. This book is not one of those."Honestly, heroin is nothing but glorified shit."What makes this book appealing is the author's use of creative writing as a form of rehab. Her imagination is redemptive. Special praise is due, too, to Andrea Lingenfelter, who has rendered the original C [...]
I wasn't particularly fond of this book whatsoever. Going into the book knowing it was banned in China, I was expecting something special. What I found instead was a sophomoric "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" story that was dull and repetitive. The racier, drug-laden parts of the book came across as very forced to me, almost as though they were trying to be shocking. The story didn't move in such a way that compelled me to read further, but I did finish the book. The latter half of the book was pa [...]
It was profoundly depressing in a captivating way. I read it in a very jaded state of mind and it surely catipulted me further into an existential rut. You get my drift. Take notes in case you want good material for an effective break up letter. loved it.
Banned in China! The first half of the book pulls you in.lling storybut by the 1/2 half, the drama gets old (and repetitive) and you wish the main character would grow a brain already.
Got about 90 pages in and just gave up. Not going to finish and it went into the donation pile.
Hmm. I can not quite make up my mind about this book. Or about the fact that the hype on the front of the book reckons this is one of China's most promising young writers. It's not the first book of this type I've read, although it's been a few years since I read the others. I'm not sure if the other ones were better, or I've just grown out of wanting to read this sort of thing or what.This is fiction, but I am wondering how much of it is actually based on the author's own life. It's about a Chi [...]
En Caramelos, Mian Mian dice las cosas como son, y entre frases e ideas directas, agrega muchas otras que se acercan más a lo poético, y eso me gusta mucho.Si bien el tema central de la novela es el amor y la búsqueda constante de éste (o la búsqueda de lo necesario para poder comprender al amor), no es una novela romántica en sí. Es una historia muy agridulce, en la que los dos personajes principales, Hong y Saining, se hieren mutuamente a pesar de que se aman. O a pesar de que se aman d [...]
¿Historias "crudas" de superación personal estilo Carlos Cuauthémoc Sánchez? Ya no más, por favor.Este libro me molestó, primero porque las quejas adolescentes, sumadas a pésimas decisiones respecto a las relaciones personales, no se convierten automáticamente en una gran historia si las rodeas de un ambiente de drogas y excesos. Hay muchas mujeres escribiendo cosas intensas e incómodas de una manera magistral como para perder el tiempo escuchando a una mujer de mediana edad que todaví [...]
All heroin stories have a way of kind of being the same. Junk is shitty. Yep.i don't feel like I really got the portrait of modern China I was looking for, or for that matter, any well-fleshed out characters. Rather, I felt like I was mostly just reading awkward, adolescent diary entries, with minor characters having all the humanity of cardboard cutouts. But then she catches me with a line like this:"I like clubs best in the early morning because all of the boring people have gone and only the [...]
Candy is a novel about a young woman, Hong, who is part of the youth culture in modern China. Hong in self destructive with her choices: she drops out of school; has shady friends and boyfriends; and struggles with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol. Candy gives a very good look at Hong's struggles and insecurities, as well as a good look at the nightlife in China.I loved this novel because it was potent and palpable. I was impressed with the amount of detail this novel held while still being [...]
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I often times felt like I was being dragged along through random, unimportant happenings occurring in the narrator's life. Right when I would feel like putting the book down for good, an off the wall incident would occur, grabbing my attention for the next 15 pages or so. However, I would eventually fall into the same feeling of boredom until the next incident occurred.Mian Mian's writing style was interesting and unique (her lack of quotations duri [...]
Despite an unsound narrative structure this book tugs at the heart-it's emotional and genuinely sincere in a way that you'd want/expect from the perspective of a hardcore drug user A prodigal child's story laced with surprisingly observant moments and sometimes with hackneyed poetic metaphors that can sound like the whining of a distraught adolescent. I probably couldn't identify with anything better! And I found the protagonist's major love mirror-Saining-to be a really eye-opening reflection o [...]
Obtained through BookMooch Hmm, I don't quite get the point. For me it started off as a bit of a "it doesn't matter about a story, just have a lot of swearing combined with shocking and crude acts and call it a plot". Then surprisingly, it got worse. I think I was intregued for all of 60 pages somewhere in the middle, but I could be mistaken. I've read a few of these Chinese New Generation authors, including Wei Hui, and I found those to be far better written, and even contained a plot! I think [...]
This was a dark story about youth with too much money (although she claimed she didn’t have any, she knew very well that daddy had a lot).This didn’t bother me at all. Actually it was a quite interesting subject to delve into. What bothered me about this book was that this wasn’t supposed to be a novel. Stringing bits and pieces of ideas written on cocktail napkins wouldn’t make a novel. As blogs, they could be interesting. I could pick read and stop whenever I felt like. But reading it [...]
The writing is incredibly disjointed, in a way that makes it difficult to remain interested in the story. There is not plot so much as wandering through thoughts, with point of view switching increasingly frequently towards the end of the book. In some segments, it could be any of two or three narrators. Someone's personal diary. You're only getting the opportunity to read it because she happens to have been Chinese and publishing in the late 90s.
Scattershot, schizophrenic and messy with jarring time-frame jumps between first person and third person viewpoints. Mian Mian's novel is experimental and frankly surrealistic with whatever comes into her mind jotted down with little narrative structure or plot development.Somewhat of a chore to get through there are glimpses of sunlight through the obscuring scudding clouds .
This is the most human book I've read in a long time. It's about trying to find oneself during youth.
I love this book it is my bible. I found it at a yard sale years ago. I have read it so many times I had to tape it to hold it together.
For the first hundred pages I felt it was simply "okay," maybe even closer to a book I did not really appreciate - too depressing! It gets better when it starts to pay attention to other characters that are in "the South," their stories are written with both empathy and despair. The stream of consciousness and shifting perspectives for the last third of the book kept me engaged.
"Honestly, heroin is glorified shit." -an exert from 'Candy'
Maybe 2.5? Some parts of it where a very interesting, but most of it seemed silly.
Lei muchas criticas de este libro, casi todas malas! A mi el libro me atrapo desde la primera a la ultima pagina, pero algo que odie sin duda fue al personaje, una persona que pasa de la niñez/adolescencia hasta ser adulta sin un apice de madurez. La protaginista va pasando de tragedia a tragedia que mas de la mitad fueron buscadas, eso es lo que me hizo atrapar al libro, pensaba "a ver en que quilombo se mete en el siguiente capitulo". Muchos lo catalogaron como perdida de tiemp, para minno fu [...]
“ morning as the sun was coming up I told myself that I had to swallow up all of the fear and garbage around me, and once it was inside me I had to transform it all into candy. Because I know you will be able to love me for it.”- Mian Mian I actually like Candy more than I should. I mean, the main character pretty much engrossed in the same habits over and over again, all the while remarking how they were terrible and that she would never engage in them again. Yet, I was rather surprisingly [...]
There are just some books that you're way too old for to enjoy. I felt like I would've liked this book better if I had read it when I was sixteen, or during that phase when I was so lost in the teenage angst that I fell too deeply in love with boys who didn't deserve it, that I questioned which was the cool thing to do despite of it being right or wrong, that everything my parents said came to me with a sole purpose of sucking the fun out of my life. I would have loved this book at sixteen; not [...]
Are you interested in what life is like for younger folks in relatively-contemporary Shanghai? Do you like reading confusing novels that follow around a group of drug addicts and alcoholics? Do you like never having any idea who is narrating or what the time frame is or basically any idea what the fuck is going on? If so, you'd likely love Candy by Mian Mian."It was more important than anything else in the world. Heroin was the only thing in my life. My junkie life was simple, but at the same ti [...]
This book starts off with a cringing, melancholy tone and moved fast with the death of her school friend. The friend could have been perceived in a better way, including longer details of their childhood experiences. Although I do understand the idea and reasoning for her friends death; that it is the beginning of her unruly nature/lifestyle.The way she goes about her romantic encounters has a way of making me dislike her and feel agitated with the person she is. Especially when the heroin usage [...]
Duro, violento, desgarrador, trágico, conmovedor, sincero y realista.Desde el inicio Hong me llevó a un mundo totalmente plagado de excesos de toda clase, sumergida en miedos y esperanzas. Lo que más me ha llamó la atención de este libro, es que Hong no buscaba a su verdadero amor, ella buscaba al amor en todas sus diferentes maneras. ¿Que es el amor? ¿Como se siente? ¿Todos lo experimentan? ¿Como saber quién es la persona correcta?.Aprendí mucho con este libro, es tan realista y duro [...]
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