A Harper Perennial Modern Chinese Classic
A classic Chinese novel?banned by Mao?s regime?that captures the ideals of rural China through the moving story of a young woman and her grandfather
Originally published in 1934, Border Town tells the story of Cuicui, a young country girl who is coming of age during a time of national turmoil. The granddaughter of a poor ferryman, Cuicui grows up in Chadong, a small town in China?s exotic southwestern frontier, where she is sheltered from the warlord fighting that was prevalent in China in the 1920s. Like any teenager, Cuicui dreams of romance and finding true love. She?s caught up in the spell of the local custom of nighttime serenades, but she is also haunted by her grandfather?s aging and imminent death. Both Cuicui and her grandfather know that she must find a husband who will take care of her once her grandfather is gone.
A moving testament to the human spirit, Border Town is a beautifully written novel?one that is considered Shen Congwen?s masterpiece for its brilliant portrayal of Chinese rural life before the Communist revolution.
Border Town : A Novel
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