White Horse



➲ [Read] ➭ White Horse By Yan Ge ➽ – E17streets4all.co.uk Yun Yun lives in a small West China town with her widowed father, and an uncle, aunt and older cousin who live nearby One day, her once secure world begins to fall apart Through her eyes, we observe h Yun Yun lives in a small West China town with her widowed father, and an uncle, aunt and older cousin who live nearby One day, her once secure world begins to fall apart Through her eyes, we observe her cousin, Zhang Qing, keen to dive into the excitements of adolescence but clashing with repressive parents Ensuing tensions reveal that the relationships between the two families are founded on a terrible lie.White Horse

This is the name in PinYin Romanisation for Chinese author.

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  • White Horse
  • Yan Ge
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  • 14 June 2017

10 thoughts on “White Horse

  1. says:

    A brief young adult novella, translated from the Chinese, Yan Ge s White Horse chronicles a few years in the life of Yun Yun, a young girl whose family life begins to deteriorate, as she and her cousin Zhang Qing grow older Episodic in nature, the narrative here skips from scene to scene, depicting key moments of change, from the ways in which Zhang Qing begins to draw away from Yun Yun, and to rebel, as she reaches adolescence, to the slowly building revelation that Yun Yun s widowed father an A brief young adult novella, translated from the Chinese, Yan Ge s White Horse chronicles a few years in the life of Yun Yun, a young girl whose family life begins to deteriorate, as she and her cousin Zhang Qing grow older Episodic in nature, the narrative here skips from scene to scene, depicting key moments of change, from the ways in which Zhang Qing begins to draw away from Yun Yun, and to rebel, as she reaches adolescence, to the slowly building revelation that Yun Yun s widowed father and Zhang Qing s married mother have acomplicated relationship than either girl realized It is at these key moments that Yun Yun sees a mysterious white horse, whose function a harbinger of those changes a talisman protecting Yun Yun against the worst harm those changes can bring is not always clear The story ends as Yun Yun graduates from primary school at the top of her class, her family life terribly compromisedAt a brief eighty four pages, White Horse is a quick read, and I finished it the other day during the course of a single train commute home Mulling it over ever since, I ve come to the conclusion that I don t entirely understand it, although I did find it engrossing and at times quite poignant I m not sure that I grasped the significance of the white horse in the story, although I learn toward the interpretation that it offered both warning and protection, as Yun Yun did seem to retain quite a bit of her innocence or perhaps just distance , despite the sordid events occurring around her Of course, I also wondered whether the horse was related to her father, since one of his chess moves, at the beginning of the story, involvedwhite horse bright hoovesI found some of the revelations toward the close of the book somewhat confusing as well Apparently Yun Yun s father and Zhang Qing s mother had been pretending view spoiler to be siblings, for the benefit of Zhang Qing s father, even though the whole town knew otherwise, and had previously had a romantic relationship hide spoiler I wasn t sure if the implication of this was that Zhang Qing was Yun Yun s sister, or what to make of the identity of Yun Yun s mother Her statement to her classmate, at the close of the book, that she was the child of a white horse, just addedconfusion.This was definitely worth reading, if for nothing else than the Chinese take on the classic theme of growing up, but I think it is also worth reading for the storytelling, despite the confusion I felt Some of the scenes especially the ones in which Auntie is being abusive to Zhang Qing are very well done, and really made me cringe in sympathy Recommended to anyone looking for coming of age stories, or for young adult novels set in China

  2. says:

    When two girls cousins and best friends reach adolescence, they feel the difference in age between them As their relationship shifts, the dynamics of their parents relationships also change, revealing devastating secrets of the past and the present The story is narrated by Yun Yun, the younger girl, who manages to keep her head in her small world of home and school, but how much does she really understand And does it affect herthan she lets on This is probably the first piece of Ch When two girls cousins and best friends reach adolescence, they feel the difference in age between them As their relationship shifts, the dynamics of their parents relationships also change, revealing devastating secrets of the past and the present The story is narrated by Yun Yun, the younger girl, who manages to keep her head in her small world of home and school, but how much does she really understand And does it affect herthan she lets on This is probably the first piece of Chinese YA fiction to be translated into English There is plenty of YA fiction in China, especially online, but much of it is transient Congratulations to Hoperoad PUblishing for selecting this YA story by a very perceptive young author and a prizewinning translator

  3. says:

    This little book was such a treat It only took about an hour to read and had such gorgeously simple illustrations by James Nunn It is a tale of the coming of age of a young girl, Yun Yun, in a small town in China During important parts of her youth like her first real conversation about love, being left behind figuratively and literally by her older cousin Qing, and preparing for her big exams she sees a mysterious white horse At different times it intrigues her, frightens her, and embolde This little book was such a treat It only took about an hour to read and had such gorgeously simple illustrations by James Nunn It is a tale of the coming of age of a young girl, Yun Yun, in a small town in China During important parts of her youth like her first real conversation about love, being left behind figuratively and literally by her older cousin Qing, and preparing for her big exams she sees a mysterious white horse At different times it intrigues her, frightens her, and emboldens her There is so much packed into this little book especially the family secret that unravels everything

  4. says:

    I liked this book I was really invested in the characters and found them interesting but they just weren t developed enough The plot wasn t developed either I wish the author dedicatedpages to this book because it really would ve benefited from it I didn t get the significance of the white horse There was no backstory and it just kept on appearing randomly and made the storyweird I liked the cousin dynamics and was really interested in what happened before but the book dedicated I liked this book I was really invested in the characters and found them interesting but they just weren t developed enough The plot wasn t developed either I wish the author dedicatedpages to this book because it really would ve benefited from it I didn t get the significance of the white horse There was no backstory and it just kept on appearing randomly and made the storyweird I liked the cousin dynamics and was really interested in what happened before but the book dedicated basically one to two lines to it and just moved on I wish it was longer because it would ve been such a good book if everything was developed

  5. says:

    Yan Ge knows how to write a novel She s a genius.

  6. says:

    Well, this was a surprising pleasingly short read I recently finished Thirst for Love, by Mishima, and was looking for another Asian story, butYA ish kind of A quick Goodreads search led me to White Horse.White Horse explores the process of becoming a teenager and losing your innocence on the way It is very metaphorical, revolving around conceptual imaginary rather than a plot, which is to say that the plot is used as a means to convey something bigger I enjoyed the Chinese take on Well, this was a surprising pleasingly short read I recently finished Thirst for Love, by Mishima, and was looking for another Asian story, butYA ish kind of A quick Goodreads search led me to White Horse.White Horse explores the process of becoming a teenager and losing your innocence on the way It is very metaphorical, revolving around conceptual imaginary rather than a plot, which is to say that the plot is used as a means to convey something bigger I enjoyed the Chinese take on the ever interesting coming of age narrative, and the main character, Yun Yun, is sweet, witty and very likeable I would recommend White Horse to anyone interested in alternative fiction Plus, a novella is a quick read and is ideal for those times when you just don t feel like well committing to Mr Dostoevsky Not that I ve postponing Karamazov Brothers for a long time or anything

  7. says:

    Kind of a cute and depressing coming of age story about family It s a realist thing where the focus is on the miscommunication of family, the gulfs between them, the love they share without knowing, without saying, and how we learn to be ourselves.It s okay It might even be something you love Probably my hopes were too high, but this was just okay, I thought Still, it s worth a read It only takes about half an hour.

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