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Camel XiangZi

Author: Lao She

Intro: The novel tells about an old story of rickshaw pullers, described a young, energetic risckshaw puller’s tragic life experiences. How he changed from an honest, hardworking, robust, camel-like positive spirit to a so called “gamer or looser” of life.

Code: I247.57

One sentence for recommendation: This book reveals the dark side of the old Chinese society, accuses the ruling class of oppression of laboreres. It also shows empathy of the author towards the people at the bottom of the soceity in Beijing at the time.

Greenwood Riverside

Author: Chen Zhong Shi

Intro: This book tells about a story in Guanzhong Area of Shaanxi, the white deer village. The story of a complicated disputes between the grandparents and grandchildren of the two big families in the village,it reveals the historical change of more than half a century from the end of the Qing Dynasty to the 1970s and 1980s. 

Code: I247.5

One sentence for recommendation: This book is about finding the roots of one’s spiritual world and soul , following the confucian culture with the pursuit of “truth” in the spirit, and promotes the profound value of Chinese culture through personal description of the the characters in the text, and expresses one’s “roots seeking” idea.

Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk

Author: Lu Xun

Intro: This book is a collection of Lu Xun’s reminiscence essays, a total of 10 articles. Its a relatively complete record of Mr Lu Xun’s life path and experiences from his early childhood to teenage, its an important art document to study Lu Xun’s early thoughts, life and the society at the time. 

Code: I210.4

One sentence for recommendation: A book of memories of Lu Xun , as he said once, flowers blooming in the morning, plucked or picked up in the evening.

Six Chapters of a floating life

Author: Sheng Fu 

Intro: This book is an autobiographical work. The author was from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty, named Shen Fu, a painter who was neither red nor purple. He later married his cousin, but his parents were quite critical of the son and wife, even though the couple had deep affection to each other. Eventually he was kicked out of the house. Although the two of them are struggling in life, and even often have to go to a friend’s house to stay overnight, they can still experience fun through hardship and live a very affectionate life. Unfortunately, his wife died early, and Shen Fu was very sad. He felt that he wanted to pass on this relationship and memory to future generations, so he wrote this book.

Code: I264.9

One sentence for recommendation: This book tells us if the relationship between the husband and wife established on an unequal status for a long time, and the wife pays blindly and forbearance, husband doesn’t understand the world around him, it will be difficult for him to be mature, life is more than just piano, calligraphy, painting, poetry, and endless worries like rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar and tea.

Wild Grass

Author: Lu Xun

Intro: The writer Lu Xun lived in Beijing under the rule of the Beiyang warlords. Lu Xun was in extremely depressed at the time, but his pursuit of ideals was still not disillusioned. This collection of poems truly describes the author’s continued fighting after the division of the new cultural united front. He felt more lonely than ever after exploring the thoughts and feelings of moving forward. 

Code: I210.4

One sentence for recommendation: Each chapter of “Wild Grass” mainly describes the social status under the rule of the Beiyang warlord government and the warm call for revolutionary forces.

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