The Dark Road

The Dark Road

Book - 2013
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Meili, a young peasant woman born in the remote heart of China, is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of Confucius. They have a daughter, but desperate for a son to carry on his illustrious family line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant again without waiting for official permission. When family planning officers storm the village to arrest violators of the population control policy, mother, father and daughter escape to the Yangtze River and begin a fugitive life. For years they drift south through the poisoned waterways and ruined landscapes of China, picking up work as they go along, scavenging for necessities and flying from police detection. As Meili's body continues to be invaded by her husband and assaulted by the state, she fights to regain control of her fate and that of her unborn child.
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2013
Description: 360 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780701187538
Branch Call Number: MaJi
Additional Contributors: Drew, Flora.


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neshamah18 Mar 04, 2014


Oct 23, 2013

A compelling narrative that was both realistic and poetic at the same time.

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