By Yin Dalong with CK Stuart
Kids in modern rural China have skilled an remarkable second; amid radical fiscal and social adjustments that experience despatched their mom and dad to city facilities to earn money source of revenue, teenagers were left at the back of to dwell with older kinfolk. This basic redefining of position, parenting, and residing has infrequently been written approximately via the kids themselves in English. Set in rural Hunan within the overdue 20th and early twenty-first centuries, this novel vividly describes farm construction, the shift from an agricultural lifestyle to a existence financially supported through migrant hard work gains, neighborhood spiritual lifestyles, Huagu opera, schooling, advanced and violent relationships among kin and villagers, the deaths of the protagonist's (Maomao) mom and paternal grandmother, a marriage, funerals, and native fairs – from the point of view of a kid. Refusing to drop out of college and develop into a migrant employee or a soldier, Maomao finally achieves his dream of changing into a school pupil opposed to all odds. This unvarnished and vividly written description of a modern rural lifestyles in China is uniquely vital and attractive to a wide readership.
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Mother wa s very appreciative and often invited Yao Jiajia to our home for meals wh en Father wa s awa y . He happily came and brought sweets for Sister and me, just like Father. He and Mother chatted and laughed for hours. Yao Jiajia wa s humorous, and told jokes and stories to Sister and me. We were entertained by his accounts and asked him to tell another story wh en he finished one, and he wo uld comply . Sister and I were very fond of him and eagerly anticipated his next visit. Yao Jiajia and Mother grew closer and he sometimes stay ed the night.
Yao Pan and I often competed to see wh o could catch the most grasshoppers. The wa ter buffalo wa s intent on grazing and seldom stray ed far awa y , wh ich gave Yao Pan and me time to go into the nearby hills to have more fun. We climbed trees and took baby birds from their nests; searched for red bay berries, chestnuts, and grapes; and gathered the mushrooms that grew every wh ere in the hills. Grandmother didn' t scold us wh en we brought grasshoppers, baby birds, wi ld fruits, and mushrooms home.
They met difficulties and dangers on the wa y . They often ran out of money and food, and had to beg. One rainy day , wh en Grandfather wa s crossing a wo od bridge with Mother on his back, he slipped and they both plunged into the river below a nd nearly drown ed. Grandfather also went to a high mountain forty kilometers from their home to fetch a bottle of spring wa ter for Mother. It wa s said that this spring wa ter could cure countless diseases and many people went there to get some of this miracle wa ter.