Twenty Fragments of A Ravenous Youth

Twenty Fragments of A Ravenous Youth

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From the author of the 2007 Orange Prize finalist A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers comes a wholly original and thoroughly captivating coming-of-age story that follows a bright, impassioned young woman as she rushes headlong into the maelstrom of a rapidly changing Beijing to chase her dreams.

Twenty-one year old Fenfang Wang has traveled one thousand eight hundred miles to seek her fortune in contemporary urban Beijing, and has no desire to return to the drudgery of the sweet potato fields back home. However, Fenfang is ill-prepared for what greets her: a Communist regime that has outworn its welcome, a city under rampant destruction and slap-dash development, and a sexist attitude seemingly more in keeping with her peasant upbringing than the country’s progressive capital. Yet Fenfang is determined to live a modern life. With courage and purpose, she forges ahead, and soon lands a job as a film extra. While playing roles like woman-walking-over-the bridge and waitress-wiping-a-table help her eke out a meager living, Fenfang comes under the spell of two unsuitable young men, keeps her cupboard stocked with UFO noodles, and after mastering the fever and tumult of the city, ultimately finds her true independence in the one place she never expected.

At once wry and moving, Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth gives us a clear-eyed glimpse into the precarious and fragile state of China’s new identity and asserts Xiaolu Guo as her generation’s voice of modern China.



Baker & Taylor
Determined to seek her fortune in Beijing, Fenfang Wang leaves her rural farm to travel 1,800 miles to pursue her dreams in the city where, setting out to live a modern life, she lands a job as a film extra, falls under the spell of two unsuitable young men, and finally finds her true calling in an unexpected place. By the author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
From the author of the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize finalist A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers comes a wholly original novel that follows a bright, impassioned young woman as she rushes headlong into the maelstrom of a rapidly changing Beijing to chase her dreams.
Twenty-one-year-old Fenfang Wang has traveled one thousand eight hundred miles to seek her fortune in contemporary urban Beijing, and has no desire to return to the drudgery of the sweet potato fields back home. However, Fenfang is ill-prepared for what greets her: a Communist regime that has outworn its welcome, a city undergoing rampant destruction and slapdash development, and a sexist attitude seemingly more in keeping with her peasant upbringing than the country's progressive capital. Yet Fenfang is determined to live a modern life. With courage and purpose, she forges ahead and soon lands a job as a film extra. While playing roles like woman-walking-over-the-bridge and waitress-wiping-a-table helps her eke out a meager living, Fenfang comes under the spell of two unsuitable young men, keeps her cupboard stocked with UFO noodles, and, after mastering the fever and tumult of the city, ultimately finds her true independence in the one place she never expected.

Baker
& Taylor

Seeking her fortune in Beijing, Fenfang Wang leaves her rural farm to pursue her dreams in the city, lands a job as a film extra, falls for two unsuitable young men, and finally finds her true calling.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Douleday, 2008/08/05
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385525923
0385525923
Branch Call Number: FICTION GUO

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mclarjh
Aug 31, 2015

Decent writing for such a young author, but the protagonist's constant yearning for her boyfriends annoyed me.

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JudithE
Mar 29, 2014

I liked this is a lot. In some ways it reminded me of myself when I went to Montreal as a 19-year-old with just $100, thinking that was a lot of money, and my scramble to figure out how to live. But, of course, the situation is much more desperate for the young woman here, given the poverty of her background. She shows courage, determination, persistence, and she makes it. Well-written and touching.

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