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Read ´ 蛙 [Wā] 105 ✓ 'One of China's leading writers his work rings with refreshing authenticity' Time Before the Cultural Revolution narrator Tadpole's feisty Aunt Gugu is revered as an obstetrician in her home township in rural China Renowned for her sure hands and uncanny ability to calm anxious mothers Gugu speeds around town on her bicycle to usher thPredictable repercussions on the human price of capital Frog is an extraordinary and riveting mix of the real and the absurd the comic and the tragic It presents a searing portrait of China's recent history in Mo Yan's uniue and luminous prose Translated from the original Chinese edition by Howard Goldblatt 'His idiom has the spiralling invention and mytho maniacal uality of much world literature of a high order from Vargas Llosa to Rushdie' The Observ. Talk about disappointing Two years ago when Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature for Frog Westerners and Chinese were shocked and elated The Chinese were ecstatic that a Chinese writer won the honor at all he’s the only Chinese writer who lives in China to have ever won the prize and Westerners were amazed that the book was “about the one child policy and forced abortions” Unfortunately for people who can’t read Chinese that description was a bit of a misnomer After waiting two years for the official English translation of Frog I can tell you that there is nothing surprising shocking or reactionary in Mo Yan’s Frog In fact Frog toes the party line just like every other Chinese writer trapped in China though I don’t think Mo is actually trapped and rather enjoys his role as an exemplary Party memberMany reviewers claim that the book is about a woman named Gugu a midwife obstetrician and abortionist in China from the 1960s to the present day but that isn’t actually true The book is about Tadpole the book’s male narrator and Gugu’s nephew Gugu does have a large role in the book but she is not the protagonist and large swathes of the book leave her out entirelyThe book opens on the Great Chinese Famine from the late 50s to the early 60s The narrator and his classmates are so hungry they eat coal While this is most likely based on true events the scene is humorous and contains none of the horrors that people endured during the Great Famine Everyone who was alive at the beginning of Mo’s book is still alive after the famine even though as many as 40 million people died during that time including whole communes At one point Tadpole says that he would “have rather starved than eat a frog” This seems to imply that the famine wasn’t so bad if people could still be picky about what they would and wouldn’t eat to survive The truth is that some people ate their own children in order to survive the famine But Mo’s lighthearted approach to one of the most tragic parts of China’s history sets the tone of the novelThe book finally moves into the family planning stories and recounts the deaths of two women who are trying to have second children but the narrative is extremely sloppy and paltry The first family planning policy stated “one is good two is just right three is too many” and forced vasectomies became the norm Forced vasectomies certainly did happen in frightening numbers but they are rarely talked about They also don’t happen today unlike forced abortions But then the book jumps 20 years into the future when the one child policy is in full effect with no explanation or introductionNone of the women in the book are “forced” to have an abortion One woman Tadpole’s first wife is “coerced” Gugu begins tearing down the neighbor’s houses and the woman eventually gives in and the other one gives birth prematurely while trying to escape from Gugu These are also only two women The fact that countless women even today have been dragged out of their homes and strapped down while their wanted babies are ripped from their bodies is completely left out While the deaths of the two women who have abortions are sad and the ramifications are felt throughout the rest of the book the deaths are just not particularly significant I’m not sure if that the right word but if you feel horrified disgusted or heartbroken over their deaths you really are not very well informed about what women have been enduring in China since the one child policy came into effect over 30 years agoBut frustrating than the way Mo handles the one child policy and the women’s deaths is how he completely dissolves the Chinese government the family planning commission and even Gugu of any responsibility He says “Westerner’s critiues of China’s family planning policies are unfair;” “I wasn’t blaming Guguit was just our fate;” “Society didn’t create my problem; I was the problem;” “The men and women who defied the policy against multiple pregnancies could not escape a share of the responsibility for what happened;” and “Family planning has an impact on the national economy and the people’s livelihood and it is the greatest importance”Oh sure there are some nice feminist statements littered throughout the book such as “his head was filled with feudal ideas like favouring boys over girls” and “I want them to know how hard it is to be a woman” but in the end the book holds up the old status uo At 55 years of age Tadpole becomes a father to a son and even though he has a wonderful daughter living abroad he says that his son “is a treasure sent down to me from the heavens and is worth all my suffering” See as long as you have a son it doesn’t matter how many women died or how many kids were aborted or how many filial daughters you have having a son makes everything all rightThis book is beyond disappointing it is infuriating I honestly don’t know why it won the Nobel Prize The book does nothing to challenge preconceived notions is not original and isn’t even honest There are so many books out there that are so much better In fact I’d go as far as to say that the selection of Mo Yan as a winner is a downright sexist decision The book largely deals with women’s issues but is told by a man from a man’s perspective And while men can write about women’s issues and be allies why have Chinese female writers who have also talked about these issues with much candor honesty and emotion been snubbed Authors like Xinran and Lisa See have both written brilliantly and openly about women’s experiences in China because they have the freedom to do so by living overseasMo Yan is nothing than a communist party mouthpiece and as long as the Chinese government continues to pursue policies of censorship and artistic strangleholds this is the best Chinese authors will be able to give the world Mo Yan’s Frog is an excellent example of why Chinese authors in China shouldn’t and don’t win Nobel Prizes

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'One of China's leading writers his work rings with refreshing authenticity' Time Before the Cultural Revolution narrator Tadpole's feisty Aunt Gugu is revered as an obstetrician in her home township in rural China Renowned for her sure hands and uncanny ability to calm anxious mothers Gugu speeds around town on her bicycle to usher thousands of babies into life When famine lifts and the population booms Gugu becomes the unlikely yet passionate enforce. Wa wa wa the frogs croak Wah wah wah the babies cry Tadpole is the narrator He is writing a letter which does not seem like a letter to his Japanese mentor He writes about his aunt Gugu who is revered as a midwife She is old now Look around though You and you and you It is likely you are one of the ten thousand that Gugu delivered Head first or feet first Perhaps you reached your hand out instead Gugu may have hud your parents and cooked up a potion to make sure you were a boy Wah wah wah the babies cryBut Gugu does not sleep At night the frogs come Weighed against the births are the thousands of abortions that Gugu ruthlessly performed in furtherance of China’s one child Family Planning Program This was the opposite of Choice Wa wa wa the frogs croakThis is a powerful book And brutal And artistic It ends with a play a play that Tadpole has been putting off The play adds an impressionistic coloring and a denouement of sortsIt would be wrong to give you plot than I already have And this is an advanced reader’s copy so I am forbidden to uote passages which is a shame The symbolism is accessible but not cheap Characters that you fall for will test you There are wonderful vignettes as if Mo Yan already knows how the movie should be made Here’s oneGugu late in life marries Hao Dashou who carves clay figures of babies Gugu remembers the parents So she tells him a little lips or a oblong face imagining the features of children never born There are thousands on the wall Wah wah wahI can tell you this would be a hard read for someone who has experienced difficulty in conception pregnancy or birthing It’s drainingYet there must be officials in China who are made even uncomfortable

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蛙 WāR of China's new family planning policy She is unrelenting in her mission invoking hatred in her wake In her dramatic fall from deity to demon she becomes the living incarnation of a reviled social policy violently at odds with deep rooted cultural values As China moves towards the millennium a new breed of entrepreneur emerges with a perverse interpretation of the decades old law Tadpole finds himself again caught up in the one child policy and its un. First I owe a debt of gratitude to the GoodReads FirstReads program and to the publisher who kindly provided an advance copy of Frog for early review I was eager to read a novel by Mo Yan who won the Nobel Prize last year This one published in 2009 is not new but is finally being published in the US Frog spotlights a particularly egregious Chinese policy the controversial and restrictive one child policy imposed by the Mao regime Although the scourge of overpopulation was indeed a major economic and environmental threat to China the zeal with which the Communists followed it calls to mind certain dystopian novelsNarrated in the form of four letters and a play written for a Japanese sensei by a playwrightarmy officer named Tadpole the book centers on the story of his aunt Gugu – a staunch Red party liner who follows country policy to the letter There are many haunting passages; for example a fanatical hunt for a petite woman a friend of Tadpole’s who is seven months pregnant with her second child As she races against time as soon as the baby is born the baby becomes a person with full Chinese rights the possibility lingers that she will be caught and forced into a dangerous late term abortion Indeed Tadpole himself is forced into a uandary when his wife becomes pregnant with a second child and is pursued relentlessly by his aunt to destroy itFor the western reader there are some challenges to be overcome First it is difficult to keep track of the similar Chinese names As we find out early on in the rural villages it was thought that a child represented a piece of her body Therefore there are names such as Chen Er Ears and Chen Mei Brow and Chen Bi Nose and so on For those of us who are used to concentrating on first names it’s often hard to keep it straight; certainly the fault of the reader than the writerSecondly there’s the title to consider Why Frog As easterners know and westerners mostly don’t a frog is a symbol of fertility; the cry of a newborn baby just out of the womb is thought to be not unlike the croak of a frog The auntmidwife Gugu reveals this ephiphany while in a marshy area The croaking of frogs is often described in terms of drumbeatsBut the cries that night were infused with a sense of resentment and of grievance as if the souls of countless murdered infants were hurling accusations Mo Yan only briefly skirts the despicable favoritism of boy babies over girl babies many Chinese families murdered a first born daughter so they could have another chance to hit the jackpot with a boyLastly there’s the issue of translation Sometimes the narrative veers into the cartoonish Gugu “sneers” and “snarls” so much that I envisioned her as a one dimensional villain although her back story does provide insight into why she is so heartless and overly zealous There is also a degree of detachment on the part of the characters which may or may not have been intended to that degree by Mo YanFrog is reportedly based on Mo Yan's own aunt And all in all the novel is worth the read – for its incisive view of the violence done to women through the one child policy for the insightful look at rural superstitions and mentality for several very well written scenes including ones on the ubiuitous crafting of fertility dolls I can’t say I loved it but I admired it greatly