Happy Dreams



[Download] ➼ Happy Dreams Author Jia Pingwa – E17streets4all.co.uk From one of China’s foremost authors Jia Pingwa’s Happy Dreams is a powerful depiction of life in industrializing contemporary China in all its humor and pathos as seen through the eyes of Happy L From one of China’s foremost authors Jia Pingwa’s Happy Dreams is a powerful depiction of life in industrializing contemporary China in all its humor and pathos as seen through the eyes of Happy Liu a charming and clever rural laborer who leaves his home for the gritty harsh streets of Xi’an in search of better lifeAfter a disastrous end to a relationship Hawa “Happy” Liu embarks on a uest to find the recipient of his donated kidney and a life that lives up to his self given moniker Traveling from his rural home in Freshwind to the city of Xi’an Happy brings only an eternally positive attitude his devoted best friend Wufu and a pair of high heeled women’s shoes he hopes to fill with the love of his lifeIn Xi’an Happy and Wufu find jobs as trash pickers sorting through the city’s filth but Happy refuses to be deterred by inauspicious beginnings In his eyes dusty birds become phoenixes the streets become rivers and life is what you make of it When he meets the beautiful Yichun he imagines she is the one to fill the shoes and his Cinderella esue dream But when the harsh city conditions and the crush of societal ineualities take the life of his friend and shake Happy to his soul he’ll need than just his unrelenting optimism to hold on to the belief that something better is possible.Happy Dreams

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 494 pages
  • Happy Dreams
  • Jia Pingwa
  • English
  • 07 January 2015

10 thoughts on “Happy Dreams

  1. says:

    Wonderful storySo very glad I picked this book learned how millions of people in small villages of China lived Author also comes from little village met the real Happy character with his help talked to trash pickers Story is somewhat fictionalized story of these characters Imaginative humorous but some parts was hard to read Hardship and obstacles they faced in their daily lives brought tears to my eyes Not only men from small villages but young girls with hope and dreams came to big cities It's also love story tooTranslator Nicky Harman did very good job she only missed couple places US currency was exchanged instead of Chinese currencyImagination gives you wings like a bird so you can fly

  2. says:

    I liked this book It was a Kindle First Book this month and I'm glad I chose itThis is the story of Happy Liu a trash picker in Xian China But he's really from the countryside He has migrated to the city determined to make something of himself He brings along his friend Wufu also from the same village Freshwind What you learn right away is that Happy is a decent kind upright human being Wufu who's not too bright and definitely not worldly depends on him entirely But Wufu is also basically a good man who loves his wife and children back in the village He's just childlike in his assessment of situations his reactions and his understanding So he sometimes makes mistakes Wufu was my favorite characterAt first this is a sort of brotheradventure story But it's also a pretty picaresue journey through Happy's days in the city There is a LOT of detail describing people food bodily functions weather trash you name it If you have a delicate stomach don't read this book Also it's long close to 500 pages in print I read it digitally It's a commitmentHappy gets in and out of scrapes makes money loses money falls in love with a prostituteall the while musing and thinking philosophically about life There doesn't seem to be an arc But that's okay because this book is VERY Chinese and its structure isn't meant to follow a plot arc as found in Western literaturePay close attention and you will learn or re learn an enormous amount about Chinese culture and thought While a lot of the situations and characters are universal there are parts of the plot that could only happen in China This is what I found fascinatingA word on the translation It certainly flows Happy narrates and there is a lot of dialogue Kudos to the translator who makes it come alive in English My only concern was that the entire book especially dialogue switched back and forth between British phrasing and American slang Some of the slang was outdated perhaps this was intentional but it made me stop More than onceI also recommend that you read the afterword It's fairly long but it gives insight into how the book was written and why This is not the China the tourist brochures want you to see This is modern China at a time when business is booming and a wealthy class is developingbut others are living at the bottom of society The author wants to show us the readers the dignity and humanity and variety of trash pickers Here he succeeds

  3. says:

    This book reminded me a little of a Dickens novel but one where everything is a little less dire and the characters are content and I enjoyed it The main complaint reviewers seem to have is that it has little to no forward momentum and that is definitely true For the most part it’s about the main character Happy Liu’s thoughts on his day to day life spent with his friend Wufu as a migrant trash picker in Xi’an China The book blurb makes it sound like Happy Liu’s search for the man he donated a kidney to and his uest to find a woman to love serve as a current pulling Happy through the book and they eventually begin to a little but not until almost halfway through and even then the book is still awfully meandery For whatever reason it still worked for me Maybe it’s because I like books that detail the workings and hierarchy of large portions of a society especially the lower echelon I like learning why a trash picker’s life is easier than a vegetable vendor’s and that there are five levels of trash pickers in Xi’an society and what they are I even enjoyed the multiple sections dealing with what these two eat for their meals day after day A lot of page space is dedicated to this issue alone Looks like it’s noodles and pickled vegetables again today but tomorrow it might be mutton dumplings Yay It also helped that I liked Happy Liu enough to enjoy wandering around in his thoughts for almost 500 pages I can see why not everyone would He can be a bit full of himself but he’s also funny observant and he tells it like it is I was worried when I started the book that he was going to be too “chipper” for me with a name like Happy but he wasn’t The man knows how to knit pick and criticize with the best of them while keeping himself elevated above the trash that he picks I liked him

  4. says:

    This book goes nowhere fast I could live without a plot if each chapter had some entertaining elements but no luck After getting 15% of the way through I realized I was dreading picking it up again So I didn't

  5. says:

    PW Starred Pingwa I Am a Farmer winner of the 2009 Mao Dun Literature Prize again explores China’s rapid industrialization the prospects of rural workers and the conseuences of deepening class ineuality in this optimistic yet heartbreaking tale of the life of Hawa “Happy” Liu The novel follows Happy as he moves from his hometown of Freshwind to the bustling city of Xi’an to find both the man to whom he donated a kidney and the better life he believes he deserves Along with best friend Wufu he slowly integrates into the city finding work first as a trash collector before moving on to other less menial jobs While Happy works hard to be mistaken for a native of the city and an educated man Wufu misses his rural life and a world that made sense to him Through Happy’s adventures in the city Pingwa introduces the reader to a China still reeling from its recent modernization; Happy studies the class divisions in his new urban environment almost like an anthropologist as he tries to achieve his lofty ambitions Interwoven with references to China’s tumultuous political history and rich artistic tradition Pingwa’s novel captures a nation undergoing change and brutally illustrates what that change might actually cost Oct

  6. says:

    Four and a half stars Although I usually only give five stars to books I'm totally blown away by I liked this book A LOT I've been to Xi'an and although I don't remember any garbage pickers and didn't go to the poor suburbs where Happy Liu and Wufu live in Happy Dreams ruralsmall town China is EXACTLY like that People spit they clear their phlegm and the public toilets are often just a hole in the ground The voice of Happy Liu is awesome Just read the first page and you'll see what I mean But what I didn't like is that Happy Liu is an arrogant MF who thinks he's so much better than Wufu And sometimes because of the translation the prose doesn't flow That's the minus 12 starsFor a Kindle First pick this book was one of the best so far

  7. says:

    I read this book while traveling in China so was both happy and saddened to see actual trash pickers on the street reminding me of the tough life of protagonist Happy and lovable friend Wufu This is a really interesting book at times uite funny maddening and tear jerking I highly recommend this read

  8. says:

    It is difficult for me to rate and review books from other cultures because I have no frame of reference for their native genres or other literary context A friend told me to just base it on how the book made me feel so here goesI liked this book The characters are engaging and interesting There is a combination of almost slapstick humor and painful social commentary that gives depth to the story and the end really shocked me I am grateful to Crossing for bringing this author to an American audience and look forward to reading of his works

  9. says:

    I honestly don't know how to rate this really This is so far out of my wheelhouse yet I did enjoy it almost all the way through The book was very character driven and for me that was good I generally like a really character driven story I just think that if you need a little bit substance or meaning to the plot then you'll be disappointed in this Or maybe that's just me When I stopped trying to figure out if there was a point I was missing it became much enjoyable I loved the feel of the narration Happy Liu is in my opinion the most likeable narcissist that I have read in a while He's so determined to be happy that Happy is what he renames himself Yet he's got these moments where I kind of hoped someone would smack him upside the head I thought the author did a really good job of painting a vivid picture of the area Sights sounds smells etc and food There were a lot of descriptions of food And not a single one was anything I was even slightly familiar with I liked that What I didn't like were all the references to bodily fluids snot piss excrement blood etc At times I felt like I could have been reading the story of a couple of 10 year old boys Only somehow it also managed to make them endearing in a way There were some truly humorous moments in this and some really sad ones too I didn't like how the book felt to me like it just abruptly ended I think the whole process of waiting to see what was going to happen with Wufu was one of those things that bothered me subconsciously in a way And then when it did happen it kind of felt like Ok so what now? Is this it? I thought that carrying Wufu home was kind of the whole point And what about Yichun? There was a significant lack of resolution in that regard

  10. says:

    If the book had been shorter I would have given four stars In the afterword the author reveals that he intentionally made the narrative and voice of Happy the trash picker awkward and crude Makes sense but also makes for tough reading The dialogue was clipped and rife with scatology but I had to love Happy who sums up his raison d'etre everyone should have a bird singing inside them as well as a crow cawing This book written originally in Chinese was unconventional but a welcome change of pace for me Happy wonders What kind of man was happy even though he was not fortunate? He only needs to look at himself

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