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The Resource Happy dreams, Jia Pingwa ; translated by Nicky Harman

Happy dreams, Jia Pingwa ; translated by Nicky Harman

Label
Happy dreams
Title
Happy dreams
Statement of responsibility
Jia Pingwa ; translated by Nicky Harman
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Contributor
Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
Poverty and injustice test one man's relentless optimism. From one of China's foremost authors, Jia Pingwa's Happy Dreams is a powerful depiction of life in industrializing contemporary China, in all its humor and pathos, as seen through the eyes of Happy Liu, a charming and clever rural laborer who leaves his home for the gritty, harsh streets of Xi'an in search of a better life. After a disastrous end to a relationship, Hawa "Happy" Liu embarks on a quest to find the recipient of his donated kidney and a life that lives up to his self-given moniker. Traveling from his rural home in Freshwind to the city of Xi'an, Happy brings only an eternally positive attitude, his devoted best friend WuFu, and a pair of high-heeled women's shoes he hopes to fill with the love of his life. In Xi'an, Happy and Wufu find jobs as trash pickers sorting through the city's filth, but Happy refuses to be deterred by inauspicious beginnings. In his eyes, dusty birds become phoenixes, the streets become rivers, and life is what you make of it. When he meets the beautiful Yichun, he imagines she is the one to fill the shoes and his Cinderella-esque dream. But when the harsh city conditions and the crush of societal inequalities take the life of his friend and shake Happy to his soul, he'll need more than just his unrelenting optimism to hold on to the belief that something better is possible. -- back cover
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Tone
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10600165
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Jia, Pingwa
Dewey number
895.18/5209
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Chinese
Literary form
novels
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Harman, Nicky
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True
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  • Poverty
  • Justice
  • Optimism
  • Hope
  • Hope
  • Justice
  • Optimism
  • Poverty
  • China
  • China
Label
Happy dreams, Jia Pingwa ; translated by Nicky Harman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Original Chinese edition was previously published by the People's Literature Publishing House in 2008
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1896762
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First English edition.
Extent
480 pages
Isbn
9781611097429
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781611097429
  • (OCoLC)978291074
Label
Happy dreams, Jia Pingwa ; translated by Nicky Harman
Publication
Copyright
Note
Original Chinese edition was previously published by the People's Literature Publishing House in 2008
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1896762
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First English edition.
Extent
480 pages
Isbn
9781611097429
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781611097429
  • (OCoLC)978291074

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