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The Gunners of Shenyang [EPUB] ✸ The Gunners of Shenyang ✻ Jihui Yu – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In Yu Jihui s memoir of his life as a university student in China as the nation starved during Mao s Great Leap Forward, carrots are decadent luxuries and flatulence is the people s true common langua In Yu Jihui s memoir of his life as a university student in China as the nation starved during Mao s Great Leap Forward, carrots are decadent luxuries and flatulence is the people s true common language Soapy, the author s nickname during The Gunners PDF or his college days, has been dubious about the benefits of the socialist revolution sweeping the country ever since his father was exiled to a desolate town in the middle of nowhere for daring to question the wisdom of trying to industrialize overnight As a young adult, Soapy and his dorm mates attend classes, chase girls, and attend endless political meetings, always struggling with the need to maintain a cheerfully patriotic outlook despite that pesky urge to faint from hunger from time to time When Big Zhang, an older boy from the provinces, dares to be a nonconformist, openly mocking the system, the dangerous silliness of the day turns to literal, life or death danger The Gunners of Shenyang is at once hilarious, revealing, informative, thought provoking, and sometimes college boy vulgar a memoir of the horrors of the times from a boy still young enough to enjoy himself and a man now wise enough to see the big picture for what it was.


10 thoughts on “The Gunners of Shenyang

  1. Mary Fan Mary Fan says:

    Every so often, I read a book so brilliant, I feel like my skills as a reviewer are insufficient for expressing just how amazing I found it The Gunners of Shenyang is one of those books I m sure my few paragraphs won t do the book justice, but I ll try The Gunners of Shenyang is the poignant, sometimes laugh out loud funny, and ultimately tragic true story of Yu s time at university During the mid twentieth century, the Chinese government s attempts to steer the country toward progress and p Every so often, I read a book so brilliant, I feel like my skills as a reviewer are insufficient for expressing just how amazing I found it The Gunners of Shenyang is one of those books I m sure my few paragraphs won t do the book justice, but I ll try The Gunners of Shenyang is the poignant, sometimes laugh out loud funny, and ultimately tragic true story of Yu s time at university During the mid twentieth century, the Chinese government s attempts to steer the country toward progress and prosperity inadvertently led to devastation In their attempts to industrialize overnight, they left the agricultural sector unattended, and the result was a famine that lasted years, costing millions of lives But to even say one was hungry was considered and insult to the government, for it implied that the socialist regime could not provide for its people.Yu, known as Soapy, shares a dorm room with four other young men, all but one of whom are from impoverished backgrounds like his Because the famine, Soapy was forced to eat whatever he could get his hands on in order to survive, including bean curd dregs While these dregs filled his stomach, they upset his bowels, leading him to become a serial farter As it turns out, his big gun pales next to those of his roommates, all of whom frequently engage in flatulence for the same reason they are forced to eat all manner of unsuitable foods, their digestive systems rebel The book s title refers to this flatulence, which becomes a language of camaraderie Helpless to change their circumstances, all the students can do is laugh about their big guns in a crude college boy fashion.While Soapy is the central character, the hero of the story is his roommate, Big Zhang, a courageous older student who dares to be nonconformist in a society where one wrong remark can get you sent to a desolate town in the middle of nowhere Big Zhang is a truly delightful character Bold, clever, and unabashedly crude, he uses sarcasm to mock and protest the system at the mandatory student political meetings His brand of comedy is easy to laugh at, but its basis in truth is nothing short of tragic Throughout the book, he walks a razor s edge as he butts heads with the students towing the party line.Yu writes in a crisp, efficient style that brings the characters and setting to life without a wasted word The story he tells is gripping, revealing, and powerful Some moments had me cracking up, others had me gripping the book in nervousness, and others still had me on the verge of tears It s easy to sense Soapy and Big Zhang s frustrations They re trapped in a society where they re not only hungry, but can t even express that hunger without fear of persecution.For readers unaccustomed to Chinese culture, The Gunners of Shenyang also offers a portrait a society where everyone has a nickname, where heightened emotions are expressed, and where one s greatest fear is being publicly shamed, or losing face Informative and entertaining, the book paints a vivid portrait of Soapy s world.Dystopia is a hot genre right now Stories of intrepid teenagers fighting evil governments are flying off the shelves so quickly, it s easy to forget that dystopia isn t always a fantasy Yu Jihui s memoir, The Gunners of Shenyang, tells the story of one young man s experiences in a real life totalitarian dystopia China during the Cultural Revolution


  2. Susan Susan says:

    Of all the memoirs written from 1960s China, most center on the Cultural Revolution The Gunners of Shenyang, however, takes place just after the Great Leap Forward, a famine that killed 45 million people Yu Jihui captured the spirit of those times with characters who were happy to be back in school yet still recovering from years of starvation The story takes place mainly in a Shenyang university dormitory room that is shared by five young men Zhang Da Li is the oldest of the roommates and t Of all the memoirs written from 1960s China, most center on the Cultural Revolution The Gunners of Shenyang, however, takes place just after the Great Leap Forward, a famine that killed 45 million people Yu Jihui captured the spirit of those times with characters who were happy to be back in school yet still recovering from years of starvation The story takes place mainly in a Shenyang university dormitory room that is shared by five young men Zhang Da Li is the oldest of the roommates and the largest in stature and spirit He still suffers from hunger and is outspoken about the government Although narrated by Yu, the story ends up beingabout Zhang, his past, and the desperate choices he makes to survive Yu is a beautiful writer and reminds me of Yan Lianke


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  4. Sam Still Reading Sam Still Reading says:

    China is a country that always seemed far away to me, both in physical distance and also in terms of my knowledge At school, we had to learn the rivers, the export items and that their government was different to ours However, we didn t learn much about the everyday people and how they coped The Gunners of Shenyang helped to fill in that blank Set during the Great Leap Forward, this is the memoir of Soapy a character in an English text as he attends university.At this time, China was foc China is a country that always seemed far away to me, both in physical distance and also in terms of my knowledge At school, we had to learn the rivers, the export items and that their government was different to ours However, we didn t learn much about the everyday people and how they coped The Gunners of Shenyang helped to fill in that blank Set during the Great Leap Forward, this is the memoir of Soapy a character in an English text as he attends university.At this time, China was focusing on the production of steel to the detriment of agriculture to feed the people One of the characters wryly notes that China wasn t overly good at producing steel note how far they ve come and wonders why it is done Crops are left to waste and fields lay barren as Soapy and his fellow students endlessly talk about how they are hungry, hungry, hungry Their diet consists of Small Millstones small bread rolls , turnip soup and not much else When you compare that to what a university aged boy eats in Australia, it s no wonder that food is their main topic of conversation.Unfortunately, the types of food produce flatulence There s quite a lot of it in this book, sure to delight a teenage boy audience I found it a bit tiring after a while, but it does go to illustrate the effects of the lack of food Plus, the efforts of the supervisors for the Party to ban breaking wind provide both light relief and insight into what minor things are considered misdemeanours.This book reminded me somewhat of The Rainbow Troops in its solidarity of friendships, overcoming adversity and trying to change the system from within The constant struggle of Big Zhang to outwit the officials is amusing, but reminds you of just how difficult life was for the everyday person stealing some carrots becoming a gaol worthy offence.The writing style is easy and transports you into Soapy s world The humour is ever present, which is a good thing as otherwise you d likely be crying at the students plight.Thank you to Signal 8 Press for the eBook.http samstillreading.wordpress.com


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