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characters Little Gods Meng Jin Í 9 characters Summary è Little Gods 109 On the night of June Fourth a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of timeWhen Su Lan dies unexpe Giving up at 25% I just can t seem to connect with the distance I m feeling from these characters The Cursed Hole of the Shinoda Family physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her Tusculan Disputations I and Scipio's Dream past fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of timeWhen Su Lan dies unexpe Giving up at 25% I just can t seem to connect with the distance I m feeling from these characters

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characters Little Gods Meng Jin Í 9 characters Summary è Little Gods 109 Ctedly seventeen years later it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life Liya who grew up in America takes her mother’s ashes to China Liya’s memories are joined by those of two others Zhu Wen the woman last to know Su Lan Reading Meng Jin s Little Gods was like trying to remember and to note a dream The whole novel felt dream like to me changing in time and place Little Gods is a story of an impoverished young Chinese girl who breaks out of her destitution by scoring well on a national exam Because of her scores she is able to receive a government sanction education She finds her passion in math Her high academic scores allow her to go to Beijing University and study Physics Her passion narrows to the timespace continuumThis girlwoman is Su Lan and the novel is her story There are three narrators in the novel each provide their impressions of Su Lan There is her neighbor Zhu Wen her husband Yongzong and her daughter Liya Liya comes to China from her American University after Su Lan dies unexpectedly Liya s upbringing is painful to read Su Lan was mostly harsh to her daughter if she noticed her at all Liya wants to understand her motherAfter reading the novel I still don t understand Su Lan Perhaps I got too caught up in the dream like state of the narrative There is much uantum physics and theoretical physics The jumps in the story and the nonlinear lines of storytelling were too much for me to remain engaged I finished it but I m not sure what Jin tried to illuminate

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characters Little Gods Meng Jin Í 9 characters Summary è Little Gods 109 Before she left China and Yongzong the father Liya has never known In this way a portrait of Su Lan emerges an ambitious scientist an ambivalent mother and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes and ultimately unmakes Liya’s own sense of displacemen With rich attentive writing Meng Jin transports us through both time and territory to late 20th century China in a novel about the complexities of long lost family ties Told as a series of stories about a mother to her daughter from the perspectives of her former neighbor and classmate we follow Liya as she tries to uncover who her mother really was The neighbor Zhu Wen lived next door to Liya and her mother Su Lan when they lived in Shanghai Her classmate Yongzong was an academic rival of Su Lan s as teenagers who knew her well into young adulthood Both of these people had complicated relationships with Liya s mother and ended up being formative in one another s lives than any of them could have imagined There s not a lot of storyline to give away most of the narrative is in the past tense being recounted by one person to another The biggest plot points take place during the Tiananmen Suare demonstrations and the student led democracy protests act as a backdrop to the events of the book This works well with the family conflicts surrounding Liya and Su Lan but also are significant moments in China s history that the state refuses to acknowledge today The portions I found the most difficult to get through concerned Yongzong and whatever bullshit he was doing It s becoming harder and harder for me to empathize with emotional mediocre men who blame and use women to cover up their own failings The fact that so much was familiar in him just highlights how common it is for women to pander to the petty whims of supposed good men I ll admit to skimming parts of his explanationsI liked this book a lot overall especially Jin s writing I m a sucker for a good roving perspective so this was right up my alley It s not a fast paced book and I can see how some readers might not appreciate the meandering storytelling the author prefers here I can t give this higher than four stars even though there s not anything wrong per say Just a bit slow and not a lot actually well happens The ending is pretty bleak too The final chapter entitled The Beginning is an unnecessary point to finish on I d recommend skipping it But Meng Jin writes lovely the cover is gorgeous and I d definitely want to read from her

  • Hardcover
  • 280
  • Little Gods
  • Meng Jin
  • English
  • 09 October 2017
  • 9780062935953