Shanghai Baby A story of love sex and self discovery banned in China Publicly burned in China for its sensual nature and irreverent style this novel is the semi autobiographical story of Coco a cafe waitress wh

  • Title: Shanghai Baby
  • Author: Zhou Weihui Bruce Humes
  • ISBN: 9781841196848
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A story of love, sex and self discovery banned in China.Publicly burned in China for its sensual nature and irreverent style, this novel is the semi autobiographical story of Coco, a cafe waitress, who is full of enthusiasm and impatience for life She meets a young man, Tian Tian, for whom she feels tenderness and love, but he is reclusive, impotent and an increasing usA story of love, sex and self discovery banned in China.Publicly burned in China for its sensual nature and irreverent style, this novel is the semi autobiographical story of Coco, a cafe waitress, who is full of enthusiasm and impatience for life She meets a young man, Tian Tian, for whom she feels tenderness and love, but he is reclusive, impotent and an increasing user of drugs Despite parental objections, Coco moves in with him, leaves her job and throws herself into her writing Shortly afterwards, she meets Mark, a married Westerner The two are uncontrollably attracted and begin a highly charged, physical affair Torn between her two lovers, and tormented by her deceit, her unfinished novel and the conflicting feelings involved in love and betrayal, Coco begins to find out who she really is Here is a beautifully written novel with a distinct voice that describes China on the brink of its own social and sexual revolution I was looking for a voice of my generation The gap that divides those of us born in the 1970s and the older generation has never seemed so wide Wei Hui, Reuters

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    1. A lot of my Chinese friends encourage me to read this book, not because they think it's cool or that it's fantastic, but because the main character is a Shanghainese girl.Well, duh, you can read the title, right?It turned out, my Chinese friends - who are not from Shanghai - begged me to read this book to prove their points that Shanghai girls are *cough* a bit unruly on the sex and wild side. They have this prejudice that Shanghai girls are only after white guys and that they would do anything [...]

    2. I found this book on a sale and it kindled my interest because i had heard about the scandal and the banning it had been involved in in china - well, it's very explicit about sex, but doesn't break any real taboos in the western world. Ok, there's sex with an impotent man, there's sex with a German with an OOOOOOO SOOOOOOO HUUUUUUUUUGE penis, there's no sex with a vibrator and there's a little bit of flirting with other women. the only thing which really made me swallow (in an unpleasant way) wa [...]

    3. How this book ever became a bestseller is beyond me. However, in a world where Fifity Shades of Grey is a bestseller, that really ought not be so surprising. At least this novel has a few good passages ( I didn't actually read Fifty Shades of Grey but I read quotes from it and they were, by far, the worst and most idiotic thing I have ever read in my life). However, those lyrical passages to be found in Shangai Baby don't exactly make for a good novel. Don't be fooled by lovely quotes like these [...]

    4. why is this book so hated? 3.21 according to GR statistics makes it one of the most despised books on the websiteShanghai Baby was famously banned in China, and although failing to reach any huge level of greatness, clearly illustrates the character's self-centred after-every-expat nature. but this seems to be Shanghai in general. a complete destruction of this city would not turn it into Jerusalem. to some degree, criticism of the book is deserved in that it reflects the sort of "worst stereoty [...]

    5. Privileged Shanghai twenty-something nicknamed Coco (after Coco Chanel) loves her artist but impotent boyfriend but engages in torrid affair with married German expat businessman.Wei Hui's attempts to contrast hedonism and the search for authenticity within the lens of the post Deng Xiaopeng China and such weightier themes (East vs West, capitalism vs imperialism) doesn't work. This is more Cosmo that Keroac, more gossip column than Henry Miller. Notable largely for its overblown sex scenes lead [...]

    6. Wow! What an utterly uninspired piece of writing. The main character (apparently based on the author) is totally unrelatable and lacks depth. While I believe the character was intended to be this revolutionary and shocking women she came off as a shallow and uncaring character with no redeemable human quality. The writing itself was boring and uninvolved. A depressing attempt at shock value.

    7. Knjiga nema neku radnju. Pisana je kao dnevnik svakodnevnice 25-ogodišnjakinje i ne događa se ništa posebno: malo druženja, malo ljubovanja, malo rada na romanu U meni nije pobudila neka razmišljanja, a ni emocije. Doima se nekako nabacano i plitko s tendencijom da bude duboko i sveobuhvatno. Stilski nije nešto. Na početku svakog poglavlja autorica citira zapadne mislioce i nepotrebno citira druge autore u samom tekstu kao da nema svojih misli pa ubacuje tuđe. U drugoj polovici romana, p [...]

    8. Crap. Self-indulgent, narcissistic, unabashedly ignorant, poorly written crap. It's a shame that Chinese literature is being represented by such an atrocious wanna-be.

    9. I should start by saying I am not the target audience for this, and also by recording my surprise that this was a banned book in China. Why was is banned? For its self-indulgence?Although already announced in the blurb on the back as semi-autobiographical, it is a pretty thin veil being cast over the author, who clearly is for a large part the main character.Pretty author, nicknamed Coco (after Coco Chanel) who everybody fawns over, quits her job as a waitress to live with artist boyfriend and c [...]

    10. Much of the praise this novel got is undeserved. Its raise to popularity has to do ( I strongly believe) mainly with the fact that it was banned by the Chinese government. I actually agree with what the Chinese government had to say about it, how it was an imitation of the west or something like that.The protagonist is this Shanghai girl nicknamed Coco whose idol is Coco Chanel. You could say that the two have something in common--- While Coco Chanel was famous for her relationship with a Nazi o [...]

    11. أعتقد أن اشكالية المكان تتلاشي تدريجيا بفعل عامل التكنولوجيا وثورة الاتصالات ومع إبداع الكاتبة أحسست أنني في قلب أحداثها أتخاطب مع أبطالها وأتفاعل معهمسرد بسيط مؤثر فعال وقيم كما أن الترجمة كانت موفقة بشكل كبير أضفت على الرواية متعة وابداع رواية جميلة تستحق القراءة

    12. About the BookWei Hui calls the novel a semi-autobiographical account of her spiritual and sexual awakeningmi-autobiographical (influenced by American writer Henry Miller), close resemblance to the author’s life, but partially fiction to make it more entertaining or use it for one’s conclusions, could not find out morebanned in China for its sexual content, its bold depiction of China’s ’New Generation’, especially that of women’swas a local bestseller, after the banishment—which i [...]

    13. THE GOOD: The protagonist falls in love with an impotent man but finds a "sexy, Western man" to fill her "void". Said impotent man develops a drug habit while the German moves back to Berlin. What is she really left with?Of course, the author leaves us with a "who I'm I?" cliff-hanger moment near the end of the book which seems to be the major theme running throughout. From the reviews on here, one would describe the protagonist ("Coco") to be a heartless, selfish, and deeply narcissistic charac [...]

    14. I grabbed this book off of a free book exchange shelf thinking it was Shanghai Girls but decided to read it anyway. Big mistake! Granted this book was written in 1999 and was almost banned by the Chinese government because of it's sensuality, it was not worth being printed. This was a very shallow twenty-something version of Sex in the City without the best friends. The only parts that were interesting were brief commentaries on western expats. I found the narrator obsessed with all things weste [...]

    15. If this had been published here in 2011, not 2001, it would have been called a hipster novel. It's more conventionally written than Taipei or How Should A Person Be? (plus the descriptions often teeter on a subjective line between 'intense melancholy beauty' and 'a bit emo'), but most of the characters are, as in Alt-Lit, well-off urban middle class arty twentysomethings who barely have a thought for anyone and anything outside their own social set. There are even vists to a therapist. Shanghai [...]

    16. Nikki (or Coco) is a writer in China which was not popular enough. She is a tough woman who lives on her own. She had a boyfriend named Tian Tian and she lived together with him. Tian Tian was a nice weak loyal guy who loved painting. They both lived happily although Tian Tian could not give her offspring. He was impotent and Coco explained it really clear that they do not mind with that.Coco has many great friends beside her. They sometimes asked Coco hang out and spend the night together. Coco [...]

    17. Wei Hui is Shanghai-ese spoiled spoiled spoiled who can think of nothing better to do, so she decides to become a writer, and because she's a writer, she must be tortured! Oh! It's so hard being her! It's so hard living the life of luxury and not having to care! Don't you feel sorry for her? Because she wants you to.Also, Wei Hui most pretentious. And her writing, ugh. "A team of Japanese boys on roller skates looked like mounted butterflies as they showed off their techniques their dyed hair li [...]

    18. I bought this book because of the controversy and upon reading it I understand why this book caused such a stir in China that drove them to burn the copies. Personally I found the topic quite ordinary, drug addiction and female sexuality is something that an army of Indonesian young writers love to discuss since the fall of New Order era. But given the fact that this is a book from a young woman in a country as repressed as China, I gotta give it some credit. The author was very brave. She spoke [...]

    19. Situated by the changing Shanghai, Coco started to write her second novel. Coco was formerly a journalist, but resigned after she launched her first novel. By encouraging her boy friend, Tian Tian, a painter, Coco felt self confidence to write her novel. Tian Tian saw that Coco was very talented at writing.This novel also described that Shanghai was a changing city. Where modern met old. And East met West. That's why Shanghai is always interesting city in the world.In the wilderness of Shanghai, [...]

    20. I bought this book because it seemed to have the potencial of being an interesting story; but at the end it only showed to be a very pretentious novel written by a pseudo-feminist and pseudo-intellectual narcissist woman.

    21. This book was so odd. It is touted as being banned because it was "too sensual". I found it more about a strange, narcissistic woman and her very needy childlike boyfriend. Not great, but I finished it

    22. Nunca entiendo las historias en las que las chicas se "enamoran" de un drogon ni las entendere, jamas. Fin. Un bodrio fenomenal, pretenciosa. Y aburrida como chupar un clavo.

    23. It was a beautiful book written by a woman at my age. I can see her hesitations, mistakes, worries and fears in myself, thus it was easy for me to associate myself with her although I am from nowhere close to Shanghai. It is about the dilemma that we women, in their mid-20s, go through about love, sex, relationships and work.

    24. Shanghai Baby is a story about a twenty-something, Shanghainese writer who falls in love with two men: an impotent Chinese and a married German. If it's all about that, I will have abandoned the book after a few chapters. But Wei Hui also paints a picture of 1999, post-colonial Shanghai, maybe not representative of industrial China, but at least enough to satisfy a traveler like me. The main character is called Coco and she wants to be famous, a characteristic that she attributes to Shanghai's s [...]

    25. Tenía curiosidad por esta novela que tan controversial fue en China. No se, quizás mi mente acostumbrada a la literatura moderna no se horroriza facilmente, o tal vez el nivel de aceptación y pensamiento en ese país es bastante conservador. Cuando salió se quemaron publicamente miles de ediciones, pero una vez más, el mercado negro triunfó y ayudó en la difusión.Shangai Baby no es un libro que leería dos veces, al menos no de momento. Es interesante, está bien escrito y tiene ciertos [...]

    26. Shanghai Baby (上海寳貝) by Zhou Weihui is the quintessential novel of the modern, middle-class Chinese woman living in the heady days of the early 90s as China underwent massive socio-economic changes. Semi-autobiographical in nature and with the link between fact and fiction blurred for marketing purposes, Shanghai Baby is replete with brand names, sexualised themes and empty dialogue. Commercialisation and materialism are glamorised to an obscene extent, with the protagonist at every oppo [...]

    27. I don’t think the mediocrity of a badly written book can be overemphasized. It is not easy to fail the reader on so many fronts: story, promise of one thing and delivery of another, lack of climax, poor use of the language followed by a miserable pointless ending. Zhou Wei Hui succeeds tremendously in achieving all of this in “Shanghai Baby”. The author only redeems herself in the poetic prose and phrases, despite the uninteresting background against which it all fell.The protagonist Nikki [...]

    28. The title’s not usually what I go for since it sounds like typical chick-lit but I thought I’d have a go. What intrigued me most about it was the fact that it was banned and publicly burned in China because it was thought “decadent” (i.e. raunchy).So let’s start. Wei Hui’s first novel is largely semi-autobiographical. It’s about Coco trying to write a novel and being torn between two men: a largely virile German (and married) lover and an intensely loving, impotent druggie called T [...]

    29. Offensive drivel.The lead character is an obnoxiously selfish c-word that it's impossible to feel anything for.She is boring, simply in love with her own cutesyness, nd the tone does not suggest that we are meant to hold this opinion. Seemingly we are meant to share her opinion of herself.I understand that having an affair with a foreigner is a taboo that she broke with this book. But picking a taboo and breaking it for shock value seems to be all she has achieved. The attitude to sex is so imma [...]

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