The book was not a smooth read, very turbulent. I think Wang Shuo's style may have been lost in translation. The plot, what there is of it, involves a private group calling themselves the Mobilization While I really liked Wang Chao's Playing for Thrills, I found Please Don't Call me Human mostly dull and difficult to get through. This may be just a case of it not really being intended for me. Human has a strong satirical element, especially as concerns China's loss of the 2000 Olympics, and I suspect if I had a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture and history, more of the humor would have rung true.
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Wang Shuo is China's most popular author, in the teeth of great government disapproval. The powers that be call him a "spiritual pollutant", yet his 20 novels have sold around 10 million copies. Even allowing for China's population, that's quite a hefty total. The result is a harum-scarum tearing-down of everything you feel the Chinese hold sacred, as Wang Shuo plays off the varying kinds of vacuous rhetoric with which the nation has been browbeaten for generations. I seem to recall lining up like this once before, a long time ago," says someone forced to celebrate publicly when a hero is found, "waving little flags and mumbling things to someone passing b.
Wang Shuo's novel, Please Don't Call Me Human, is a simplistic satire of modern China. The honour of the nation is at stake after a Caucasian "strongman with the Alvin Keller circus" (described as "a tub of lard" weighing four- or five-hundred pounds) summarily defeats a legion of "yellow opponents" in the ring. Wang Shuo's broad satire zips along at a fast pace. Much of the book is in dialogue form, and there is a great deal of often entertaining action. It is, however, a brutally simplistic and rough satire. There is no delicate touch at work here; this is cartoon fiction. Given the Chinese situation and outsiders' relative ignorance of conditions there such an over-the-top approach may be what foreign readers are most receptive to. Wang Shuo does provide a fair amount of insight into modern Chinese life, and there is entertainment value to it as well.
by Wang, Shuo, 1958-; Goldblatt, Howard, 1939-. Publication date 2000. Topics Wang, Shuo, 1958-. Publisher New York : Hyperion. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.
Don't Call Me Human is a shockingly fun read filled with off-color humor and disgusting detail. The plot revolves around a shady Beijing organization called MobCom, which is desperate to vindicate China's humiliating loss at the hands of an oafish American wrestler.
I think Wang Shuo's style may have been lost in translation. There were some brilliant sections scattered throughout the book, some hilarious moments, but you had to kind of slog your way through to find them. In Please Dont Call Me Human, he imagines an Olympics where nations compete not on the basis of athletic prowess, but on their citizens capacity for humiliationand China is determined to win at any cost. Banned in China for its rudeness and vulgarity, this astonishing, tripped-out novel is filled with outlandish antics that have earned Wang Shuo his own genre, hooligan literature. Library descriptions.
Now Wang Shuo, easily China's coolest and most popular novelist, applies his genius for satire and cultural irreverence to one of the world's sacred rituals, the Olympic Games. In Please Don't Call Me Human, he imagines an Olympics where nations compete not on the basis of athletic prowess, but on their citizens' capacity for humiliation-and China is determined to win at any cost.
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