The family ba jin novel
Ba Jin | iatt-ykp.orgHistorical novels can be windows into other cultures and eras, but it's not always clear what's fact and what's fiction. Thousands have read Ba Jin's influential novel Family , but few realize how much he shaped his depiction of s China to suit his story and his politics. In Fact in Fiction , Kristin Stapleton puts Ba Jin's bestseller into full historical context, both to illustrate how it successfully portrays human experiences during the s and to reveal its historical distortions. Stapleton's attention to historical evidence and clear prose that directly addresses themes and characters from Family create a book that scholars, students, and general readers will enjoy. She focuses on Chengdu, China, Ba Jin's birthplace and the setting for Family , which was also a cultural and political center of western China. The city's richly preserved archives allow Stapleton to create an intimate portrait of a city that seemed far from the center of national politics of the day but clearly felt the forces of—and contributed to—the turbulent stream of Chinese history. Stapleton provides invaluable insights on one of the most widely read modern Chinese novels, Ba Jin's Family.
Pa Chin's Family
Family Summary & Study Guide
His most famous novel, it chronicles inter-generational conflict between old ways and progressive aspirations in an upper-class family in the city of Chengdu , a prosperous but provincial city in the fertile Sichuan basin in the early s following the New Culture Movement. The novel was wildly popular among China's youth and established the author as a leading voice of his generation. The novel was first serialized in and then released in a single volume in The Family focuses on three brothers from the Gao family, Juexin, Juemin and Juehui, and their struggles with the oppressive autocracy of their fengjian and patriarchal family. The idealistic, if rash Juehui, the youngest brother, is the main protagonist, and he is frequently contrasted with the weak eldest brother Juexin, who gives in to the demands from his grandfather, agrees to an arranged marriage and carries on living a life he does not like to live. The Family was first serialized in
His most famous novel, it chronicles inter-generational conflict between old ways and progressive aspirations in an upper-class family in the city of Chengdu , a prosperous but provincial city in the fertile Sichuan basin in the early s following the New Culture Movement. The novel was wildly popular among China's youth and established the author as a leading voice of his generation.
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