ISBN 9780007302949,The Ancient Ship

The Ancient Ship




Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780007302949

ISBN-10 0007302940


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)


The classic bestselling Chinese novel, with over 1,000,000 copies in print, translated into English for the first time. Originally published in 1987, two years before the Tiananmen Square protests, The Ancient Ship immediately caused a sensation in China. Wei's award-winning first novel is the story of three generations of the Sui, Zhao, and Li families living in the fictional northern town of Wali during the troubled years of China's post-liberation. Wei vividly depicts the changes in Wali, where most people have made their livelihood by simply cooking and selling noodles. Once home to large sailing ships that travelled along the Luqing River, Wali is now left with an unearthed hull of an ancient wooden ship - a metaphor for China itself, mirrored in the lives of the townspeople as they live through the Land Reform Movement, the famine of 1959-1961, the Great Leap Forward, the Anti-Rightist Campaign and the Cultural Revolution. A bold examination of a society in turmoil, a study in human nature and the struggle of oppressed people to control their own fate, The Ancient Ship is a revolutionary work of Chinese fiction that speaks to people across the globe.

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