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The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.


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Buffheart May 20th, 2007 09:00 PM PST

The Good Women of China was one of the best books I read last year! I simply cannot tell you enough about how good it was. It is basically a collection of short stories about various women in China that Xinran has had contact with. The stories are very interesting because sometimes you would never expect for these women to have lived through what they have. Highly reccomended!


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Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958. She suffered a very difficult childhood during the Cultural Revolution and took the name Xinran later - which means "doing something with pleasure". From 1989 to 1997, she worked as a radio-presenter and journalist, hosting the programme ‘Words on the Night Breeze’, in which she invited women to call in and share their life stories. Not only did Xinran talk to these women on the radio, she went and met them. Xinran accumulated material from the thousands of women she interviewed. In 1997, she travelled to the U.K., where she now lives, in London. It was here, for the first time that Xinran was able to write these stories down. In July 2002, they appeared in Britain in the form of a book: The Good Women of China, which has now been published all over the world in more than 30 languages and became an international bestseller.

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