Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mei Chen’s Tragedy – Frog, Part 4

The drama continues to build as we finish up Frog by Mo Yan (莫言的”蛙”) this time. Part 3 has eight subchapters and focuses mainly on two entwined storylines, one following Wanxin’s fanatical pursuit of women hiding with illegal pregnancies, and … Continue reading

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Clay Dolls and Forced Abortions – Frog, Part 3

Part 1 of the novel we’re currently looking at, Frog by Mo Yan (莫言的”蛙”), ends on a particularly dramatic note that we’ve already seen building in the second to last subchapter where men were forced into sterilizations. This final subchapter … Continue reading

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Contraception and the Sweet Potato Children – Frog, Part 2

The Chinese novel we’re currently reading, Frog by Mo Yan (莫言的 “蛙”), continues with Tadpole’s feisty aunt becoming a midwife using new methods in the 50s. We learn in the section I’m covering this time both the birth and school … Continue reading

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Like a Frog on a Lotus Patiently Waiting for a Bug – Frog, Part 1

This time we’re starting our new Chinese novel, Frog by Mo Yan (莫言的”蛙”), which recently won the Nobel Prize. It can be purchased here in the original Chinese: http://www.yesasia.com/us/wa-nuo-bei-er-jiang-zhen-cang-ban/1035263062-0-0-0-en/info.html The English translation can also be preordered here: http://www.amazon.com/Frog-Novel-Mo-Yan/dp/0525427988/ref=la_B00456NMNM_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411222518&sr=1-5 The translation … Continue reading

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