Northern Girls: : Life Goes On

Northern Girls Life Goes On Qian Xiaohong is born into a sleepy Hunan village where the new China rush towards development is a mere distant rumour A buxom na ve sixteen year old she yearns to leave behind hometown scandal a

  • Title: Northern Girls: : Life Goes On
  • Author: Sheng Keyi
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  • Page: 333
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  • Qian Xiaohong is born into a sleepy Hunan village, where the new China rush towards development is a mere distant rumour A buxom, na ve sixteen year old, she yearns to leave behind hometown scandal, and joins the mass migration to the bustling boomtown of Shenzhen There, she must navigate dangerous encounters with ruthless bosses, jealous wives, sympathetic hookers and cQian Xiaohong is born into a sleepy Hunan village, where the new China rush towards development is a mere distant rumour A buxom, na ve sixteen year old, she yearns to leave behind hometown scandal, and joins the mass migration to the bustling boomtown of Shenzhen There, she must navigate dangerous encounters with ruthless bosses, jealous wives, sympathetic hookers and corrupt policemen as she tries to find her place in the ever evolving society Hardship and tragedy are in no short supply as her journey takes her through a grinding succession of dead end jobs To help her through this confusing maze, Xiaohong finds solace in the close ties she makes with the other migrant girls the community of her fellow northern girls who quickly learn to rely on each other for humour and the enjoyment of life s simple pleasures A beautiful coming of age novel, Northern Girls explores the inner lives of a generation of young, rural Chinese women who embark on life changing journeys in search of something better.

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    1. Alex

      Part of my Fall 2017 Best Of Chinese Literature project; more here, and a cool list of books here.Here's what Xiaohong's breasts are like. I'm not kidding! This is what the book is about!- She "allowed her twin bulging mounds to appear as openly and ominously as storm clouds descending upon an unsuspecting city."- They "heave with enthusiasm, leaping like rabbits trying to escape the confines of her blouse."- "Like a mound of warm, wet sand."- "Like flowing oil, they refused to be bound."- They [...]

    2. Amy

      I got this book at the Shanghai lit fest. It is one of a few Chinese novels that is translated into English. It is a good book, but one thing I find when reading these migrant worker stories is that they are pretty all the same. The girls have a very hard and often brutal life. They experience either incredibly bad or incredibly good luck. Many of the situations and family interactions seem so foreign to me. It is hard to understand how they can treat each other so poorly in many cases. The marr [...]

    3. Linda

      The adventures of the mentally tough, sexually straightforward main character and her childhood friend as they negotiate a treachorous, sexist and often misogynistic world make for a rivetting narrative. There are harrowing scenes, and funny ones, and some beautifully drawn characters. Northern Girls has generated a lot of favourable hype, and the subject matter, the experiences of young women from the interior of China (Hunan province in this case) seeking their fortune in the south, interests [...]

    4. Marcio Saito

      Northern Girls is a coming-of-age and a migrant story. The protagonist, Qian Xiaohong is a girl born in the rural area of Hunan who escapes to Shenzhen, seeking a new life. There, she faces the challenges of exploitation of women, the poor, the uneducated, the oppressed.Evaluating a book that has been both language and culturally translated has to be done in context. I am mostly Western culturally (though from an Asian/Latin background), live in the US, have Chinese friends, read it in English, [...]

    5. Mark Staniforth

      Qian Xiaohong is the kind of character who comes along all too rarely in modern fiction: a strong-willed siren who explicitly rejects the role society has pre-determined for her, who will brazenly use what she has to get what she wants, yet who retains a heart so winsome you positively yearn for her success. In short, a character for whom you will pine long after the final page.Xiaohong is the heroine of Sheng Keyi’s debut novel (published in Mandarin in 2004), and her first to be translated i [...]

    6. Lisa

      I’ve been keen to read a novel by a female contemporary Chinese author for a while, so I was pleased when I stumbled across Northern Girls at the library. It’s a novel which was long-listed for the now defunct Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012, and it’s easy to see why: it’s a fresh, lively voice, writing about a slice of life in China that is little known to the West.I’ve noted before, in the fiction of Ouyang Yu, that Chinese writing can be rather ‘earthy’ and this is certainly tr [...]

    7. Calzean

      Northern Girls is the derogatory name given to the relatively uneducated and unskilled farm girls who come to Shenzen. Qian Xiaohong is the main character and we see her through the ages of 16-20 as she works in a Saloon, factory, hotel receptionist in a women’s and children’s hospital. The storylines from the hospital were particularly shameful.The life of these marginalised young women is extremely tough with men preying on them, employees exploiting them and a State that limits and at tim [...]

    8. Mehdi Miri Disfani

      The book shows the costs the vulnerable parts of a society pay in its thrive toward economical development. The protagonist is a Chinese teenager who migrates from her village to a large developing city in which we see how people are crushed under the wheels of development. She is continuously sexually exploited and in my view she stays captive of a sexist society. The main issue I had with the book was that there is too much happening and some of them do not add too much to the story. Great rea [...]

    9. Renske-marie

      A very promising read but in the end I thought it disappointing. The whole book long you get the feeling Xiaohong will get what she aims for but it doesn't come. Instead, the writer chooses some surrealistic ending, seemingly to prevent inventing a decent plot. By times the book is very funny and very shocking (and makes you think badly about Chinese men in general) but the narrative is not consistent enough. Presumably the writer's inexperience and an allowing editor are to blame.

    10. Cindy

      i quite enjoyed this debut by Shenge heroine was interesting, and thestoryline as well. the women (and girls)in the story meet some hard times andthere is some tragedy, abuse, etc, in thenovel--at the same time, by virtue of the pov (the heroine isn't really a downer)the novel itself didn't read as a downer tome. the heroine's large breasts featureas secondary charactersin the novel! 8)i'd definitely be interested in readingmore from this chinese female author.

    11. Andrew

      Sex in the City in Shenzhen except based on my superficial i.e. I have never watched the TV show I think the "Norther Girls" experience more downs than ups than their American counterparts. I finished it on my flight to Shenzhen. This could be a movie, the director would need to find the next Gong Li and Hollywood would change the ending for sure.

    12. Brian

      Compelling glimpse into the life of a 16-year-old working-class girl from Hunan seeking better life in Shenzhen. Her resistance to the near-constant attempts to monetize her sexuality while avoiding the trap of premature motherhood is nothing short of heroic. She manages to quietly carve out a new path despite the circumscribed role of women and the restrictions of the hukou work-permit system.

    13. Rui Igreja

      This is a fictional story, set in the late 90s, about two 15/16 years old girls from Hunan who go to Shenzhen to work. Basically, it's the story of modern China.This was the author's (herself also from Hunan) first book, and also her first book translated to English. It's a well readable book, but a bit too repetitive in my opinion.

    14. Paul French

      An interesting book for translation from China charting the often absurd, very funny but sadly often too accurate portrayal of the great internal migration of young women from China's villages and small towns to the factory zones. Great translation too.

    15. Silke

      A novel describing the life and plight of young working class women from the north trying to make a living in Shenzhen. Funny at times and shocking at the same time. Surely the picture that women are treated equally or have got equal chances in China distorts the truth.

    16. Reid

      A quick read and a window into China's upwardly mobile village girls (and they ain't women yet; mostly under age 18) who leave their towns and go to the big city in search of moneeeeeeeey.

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