The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

Book - 2015
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The story is about a man's seven-day tour after his death. The leading character in the book, dies in an accident but can't afford the expensive cemetery. So he becomes a solitary drifting soul without a burial place. Hence he starts his seven-day infernal wandering during which he meets other dead souls who like him. Meeting them enables him to experience a series of absurdities, which are actually a reflection of real occurrences in the daily lives of Chinese people. It hinting at recent social realities fill the book: there's the "rat tribe (who can only afford to live in dark and messy basements in big cities due to high rents)," police being killed by vengeful criminals, and the illegal but rampant underground kidney selling business of the past. In the book, Yu Hua creates a fair and caring infernal world to strike a sharp contrast with the real world.
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic., The Text Publishing Company,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781922182890
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barr, Allan Hepburn - Translator


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Aug 11, 2015

The prose was fine, but the story fell flat.

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