Red Sorghum: A Novel of China

Front Cover
Viking; Penguin, 1993 - Fiction - 359 pages
13 Reviews
Red Sorghum is a novel of family, myth, and memory, set during the fratricidal barbarity of the 1930s, when the Chinese battled both Japanese invaders and each other. [It is] narrated by a young man at the end of the cultural revolution who tells the stories of his father, Douguan; his granddad, the most ruthless and infamous bandit and guerrilla commander in the region; and his grandma who fell in love with the commander when he raped her in the sorghum fields, only three days after her arranged marriage.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
7
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
2

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Algybama - LibraryThing

One of the slowest of slow-burns around. The back-and-forth temporality does nothing but annoy until the very end, when the final few chapters retroactively supply the missing emotional core of the ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - flashflood42 - LibraryThing

Copied from another's review: "Over decades that seem but a moment in time, lines of scarlet figures shuttled among the sorghum stalks to weave a vast human tapestry. They killed, they looted, and ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
24
Copyright

32 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1993)

Guan Moye was born in 1955 in the Shandong Province of China. He became a teenager during the Cultural Revolution, leaving school to work first on a farm and then in a cottonseed oil factory. He started writing while he was serving in the People's Liberation Army. His first short story was published in 1981. He writes under the pen name Mo Yan. His works include Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out, Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, The Republic of Wine, and Sandalwood Death. He received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bibliographic information