Silver Hill Village, 2012. On the twentieth day of the seventh moon Kwok Yun is making her way across the rice fields on her Flying Pigeon bicycle.
Her world is turned upside down 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.
It's not long before the village is crawling with men from the National Security and Intelligence Agency armed with pointed questions. And when the Westerner that Kwok Yun saved repays her kindness with a large dollar cheque she becomes a local celebrity, albeit under constant surveillance...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/01/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099526674
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Review by True54Blue
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.
Review by Smiley
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.