Book Reviews of Shanghai Baby

Shanghai Baby
Shanghai Baby
Author: Wei Hui
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ISBN-13: 9780743421577
ISBN-10: 0743421574
Publication Date: 8/7/2002
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Nice to see that hipsters in China can be just as shallow and self-centered as hipsters in America. I found the characters very unlikeable.
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Helpful Score: 3
I can imagine how, in a more repressed society, this book would be scandalous. I didn't find it particularly interesting, and thought the main character, Coco, was an egotistical, self absorbed, whiny mooch. Her journey of enlightment and sexual discovery didn't seem to bring her growth or maturity.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a great book in it's own rite, but not a book that I would have typically picked up. The writing bounces from here to there and seems like you are reading someone's journal a lot of times (you'll see what I mean when you hit the end). I can't lie, it was a good book, I just don't think I would have paid to read it new. Now, it is a great trade and well worth the credit you spend for it....For being great, even though not my typical read, I'll give it 5 stars.
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I enjoyed this book very much. I was expecting a cheap trashy novel (i admit it)- but found myself drawn in by Hui's beautiful language and imagery.