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Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke

Dream of Ding Village (edition 2011)

by Yan Lianke (Author), Cindy Carter (Translator)

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Title:Dream of Ding Village
Authors:Yan Lianke (Author)
Other authors:Cindy Carter (Translator)
Info:Grove Press (2018), Edition: Reprint, 353 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Chinese Literature, Fiction, Translation, K

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Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke



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'You would hear them calling "Blood collector! Anyone selling blood?" like pedlars hawking their wares'
By sally tarbox on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
Based on the true story of China's villagers who were encouraged to sell blood to make money; a few years after the initial prosperity, the unsanitary methods of blood collecting led to widespread AIDS.
Narrated by the dead son of one of the 'bloodheads', the novel exposes the utter corruption that permeated this activity. From the individuals setting up their own 'clinics' - and making a vast profit by re-using needles and taking more blood than they should, to later crooked dealings in coffin selling...
This was an interesting and indeed horrifying expose of these events, but I felt quite detatched from the people who make up the story. ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
This is a fictionalized account of a blood-selling scandal that occurred in a small rural community in China. As the government issued calls for blood, a number of blood collection points were set up by unscrupulous people. No sanitary precautions were taken, and people were allowed to sell their blood as frequently as they wished. The villagers were happy because they received small payments which allowed them to better their lives in small ways. The owners of the collection sites grew fabulously wealthy. Everyone was happy for a few years, until a huge percentage of the villagers found themselves infected with AIDS. At first the government downplayed their plight, promising cures and so forth. Ultimately the villagers are betrayed by the government as well.

This was an interesting glimpse into the perils of the rapid development of China. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Mar 15, 2016 |
I'm not sure what to think of this book. It's horrifying that it's based somewhat on fact, and it made me very uncomfortable as a reader -- partly because it 's hard to tell where the reality ends and the fiction begins.

It's certainly something different, in any case. Parts of it are gorgeously written, though overall I didn't find the prose powerful exactly; even when writing of illness and death, this feels like a fable, like it's detached. Still, it's interesting -- and I think the first book I've read that so deeply involved AIDs, other than in the gay community. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Despite the tragic nature of its subject matter, this is a funny and engaging book. The story of a village devastated by AIDS, it explores human relationships and how people react when something as final as an incurable illness affects an entire community. Inhibitions are lost and social contracts are ripped up. In a strange way, though, the illness ceases to matter. It is a background detail. At the centre of the story is one family - the cause of the AIDS epidemic, the exploiters of it, and the source of tension between neighbours and within its own structure. The use of dream sequences to move the story along reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's writing, and I enjoyed the dispassionate narration of the tale. ( )
  missizicks | Mar 30, 2013 |
Very interesting book. ( )
  wbwilburn5 | Jan 28, 2013 |
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A previously banned work based on a true scandal finds an impoverished village targeted by a blood-selling operation that leads to a catastrophic outbreak of AIDS and decimates an entire community.

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