From one of China's most acclaimed writers: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades. Framed by 10 phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words uses personal stories and astute analysis to reveal as never before the world's most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In "Disparity," for example, Yu Hua illustrates the expanding gaps that separate citizens of the country. In "Copycat," he depicts the escalating trend of piracy and imitation as a creative new form of revolutionary action. And in "Bamboozle," he describes the increasingly brazen practices of trickery, fraud, and chicanery that are, he suggests, becoming a way of life at every level of society. Witty, insightful, and courageous, this is a refreshingly candid vision of the "Chinese miracle" and all of its consequences.
This is probably one of the most important works by a living Chinese author to be translated into English, but audible did not have the sense to have it be read by someone familiar with the Chinese language. It is incredibly jarring to hear the narrator butcher the language. Some cultural sensitivity would have been good here.