The Fat Years
Beijing, sometime in the future. Economic armageddon has ravaged the West, but China has emerged richer and stronger. The Chinese own Starbucks, which now serves Dragon Lattes. But mysteriously, a month has gone missing from historical records, and no-one can remember a thing about it. Chen and a quirky circle of dissidents set out on a quest to uncover what happened. He travels across China to witness evidence of what is terribly wrong with China's new prosperity. We meet a Chinese slave, Zhang Dou, and encounter a village that is being exterminated by pollution from a local factory. Chen kidnaps a high-ranking party official to make him spill the beans. Gradually, the horrifying truth of China's false boom comes to light... Methods of cunning, deception and terror are unveiled by the truth-seekers in this thriller-expose of the information-controlled China of today.
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Review: The Fat YearsUser Review - Michael - Goodreads
It had an interesting premise - a whole month disappears in the lives of people in China. What happened to it - unfortunately something was lost in the translation to English. Nevertheless intriguing and of course with faint references to 1984. Read full review
Review: The Fat YearsUser Review - Theresa - Goodreads
Wow. Clearly I am lacking general knowledge of modern Chinese history. It was very detailed & verbose. In the third part, I admit to skimming pages just to get to the end. Not my favorite. Read full review