Book Reviews of Family

Author: Pa Chin
ISBN-13: 9780917056406
ISBN-10: 091705640X
Publication Date: 6/1/1979
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui
Book Type: Paperback
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A nice glimpse at early 20th century Chinese family life, but not all that enjoyable reading.
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Excellent! Gives the reader a lot of descriptive detail which helps the reader to understand the time and place. Can be confusing at times, but is well worth the read.
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Please note this ISBN is also for the 1989 Reprint.
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An essential work for anyone interested in the society and history of modern China! The first half of the twentieth century was a period of great turmoil in China. Family, one of the most popular Chinese novels of that time, vividly reflects that turmoil and serves as a basis for understanding what followed. Written in 1931, Family has been compared to Dream of the Red Chamber for its superb portrayal of the family life and society of its time. Drawn largely from Pa Chin's own experience, Family is the story of the Kao family compound, consisting of four generations plus servants. It is essentially a picture of the conflict between old China and the new tide rising to destroy it, as manifested in the daily lives of the Kao family, and particularly the three young Kao brothers. Here we see situations that, unique as they are to the time and place of this novel, recall many circumstances of today's world: the conflict between generations and classes, ill-fated love affairs, students' political activities, and the struggle for the liberation of women. The complex passions aroused in Family and in the reader are an indication of the universality of human experience. This novel illustrates the effectiveness of fiction as a vehicle for translating the experience of one culture to another very different one.

**author Li Fei-kan is also called Pa Chin**