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The Kite Family by Lai-chu Hon

The Kite Family

by Lai-chu Hon

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The introduction to this collection of short stories, translated from Chinese, is fascinating. Andrea Lingenfeiter explains the political situation for writers in China and gives succinct explanations for the stories that provide a lot of clarity. The Kite Family is a voice aimed to shock capitalistic society out of its absurdity in treating human beings like they are a commodity. The images in this collection are quite striking--an obesity problem so uncontrollable that a woman cannot be physically contained in a house, a stowaway set up as a real-life mannequin in a furniture display, or a man purchased from a store of salvaged wreckage. Still, I enjoyed the introduction's synopsis of the stories more than the stories themselves. Though the big picture message was easy enough to grasp, the stories had many additional elements to them that seemed important yet eluded me. I suspect this is due to how foreign the phrasing read and my own lack of familiarity with societal/political themes. I did not finish this book but I do hope to revisit it at a later date. Perhaps with maturity it will grow on me. ( )
  mandy42990 | Feb 26, 2016 |
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