Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu is an unflinching, darkly funny take on love and life in modern China.
It's the story of three young men, Chen Zhong, Li Liang and Big Head Wang and their tragi-comic struggles to make their way in Chengdu, China's fifth most populous city.
Despite their aspirations in the newly capitalist China, the trio's lives are beset by dead-end jobs, gambling debts, drinking, drugs, and whoring.
Chen Zhong is married to Zhao Yue. Although he loves her, he plays around with other women.
But it isn't until Chen Zhong discovers that Zhao Yue is having an affair that he realizes exactly how much he stands to lose "
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Make-Do Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/11/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9789881841933
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Review by herschelian
Three Jack-the-lads take on modern life in one of China's most dynamic cities. Chen Zhong (the narrator), Li Liang and Big Head Wang were all together at university. Now they are clawing their way through the city jungle. Li Liang is a Futures Trader, making big money but with a drug problem. Big Head Wang - to the surprise of his two friends - joined the local police force, which has given him umpteen opportunities for getting bribes and other income sources. Chen Zhong has become the successful Sales Manager for an automotive supplies company, but spends most of his free time drinking and whoring. He marries the girl of his dreams, but fails to keep faithful as he is always seeking the next sexual conquest. Many readers might find this book crude and rude, but it shows a particular slice of the new capitalist China - warts and all.