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UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo

UFO in Her Eyes (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Xiaolu Guo

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Title:UFO in Her Eyes
Authors:Xiaolu Guo
Info:Vintage (2010), Paperback, 208 pages
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Tags:fiction, china, chinese literature

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UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo (2009)



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Oh my goodness me this book was engrossing.

First of all, I have to start with the way this book is designed. The texture of it is incredible - there's pictures, images, post-it notes, blacked out text, maps even holes of the binder towards the spine so it feels like it's been photocopied.

This book all centres around a woman who sees a UFO in a rice field, what happens after that. It's really interesting to read - it was awesome as a reader to be able to piece together all the fragments of information from all the different interviews.

I started and finished this book in a day and I have to say it's going to be added to one of my newest and favourite niche genres: Chinese science fiction.

If you like, uneasy, ominous, well-crafted books, you should check this out. c: ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
I don't know how it got onto the Tiptree longlist 2009, there's nothing remotely SF&F in it. One person thinks they see a UFO and the whole dull tale is built on that. ( )
  SChant | Apr 26, 2013 |
The novel details what happens to a poor, obscure contemporary Chinese village in the wake of a reported UFO sighting.

Interesting structure. The book is laid out as if it was a ringed binder containing interviews and reports of the central government's subsequent investigation of the sighting. Wry indictment of the new market, but still heavy handed communism in present day China.

A friend gave me this book after seeing the movie @ the Toronto Film Festival. ( )
  Smiley | Dec 8, 2011 |
Guo tries to explain China in an avant-guard manner, being cool to both Chinese and western readers. I can't see that the story would appeal to Chinese because the events are either before their time or subjects not to be handled in this way. Most westerners would not know Chinese history and culture well enough to understand the many allusion she makes. I was also somewhat confused about the time frame this book was written in. She dates it in the future 2012-2015 and yet many of the situations seem more appropriate to 2000 than 2009 when this was first published. e.g. Lenovo is referred to as Legend even though its English name has been Lenovo for at least five years. It is a quick read so if you have the chance to read it you will learn about a Chinese way of life that will be all but extinct by 2015. ( )
  True54Blue | Feb 27, 2010 |
UFO in Her Eyes is set in a rural village in China in 2012. Local and regional intelligence agents conduct an investigation there after an illiterate peasant, Kwok Yun, sees a UFO in a rice field. At the same time Yun also discovers and treats a wounded foreigner, an American who is bitten by a snake while hiking through Hunan Province.

Several months later the American donates $2000 to the village as a token of gratitude for Yun's actions. The chief of the village, Chang Lee, is inspired by this gift, and, after the town is awarded a 2 million yuan grant by the province, embarks on a plan to modernize the village.

The villagers, mostly illiterate peasants and elderly people, are initially supportive of the plan, as they wish to become wealthy like the entrepreneurs in Shenzen and Shanghai. However, as their livelihoods and properties are disrupted by the chief's increasingly more ambitious plans, they become resistant and rebellious.

This is a very nice satire about life in rural China, and the effects of modernization and Western influence on the country. The writing is a bit sparse, as the novel (which will be made into a movie) consists of reports by intelligence agents and provincial officials, with minimal dialogue or insight into the characters. However, it was definitely an enjoyable read. ( )
3 vote kidzdoc | Mar 20, 2009 |
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Silver Hill Village, 2012. On the 20th day of the seventh moon Kwok Yun is making her way across the rice fields on her bike. Her world is upturned when she sights a UFThing - a spinning plate in the sky - and helps the Westerner in distress whom she discovers in the shadow of the alien craft.… (more)

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