The Resource Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien

Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien

Label
Do not say we have nothing
Title
Do not say we have nothing
Statement of responsibility
Madeleine Thien
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An extraordinary novel set in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989--the breakout book we've been waiting for from a bestselling, Amazon.ca First Novel Award winner. Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise. At the centre of this epic tale, as capacious and mysterious as life itself, are enigmatic Sparrow, a genius composer who wishes desperately to create music yet can find truth only in silence; his mother and aunt, Big Mother Knife and Swirl, survivors with captivating singing voices and an unbreakable bond; Sparrow's ethereal cousin Zhuli, daughter of Swirl and storyteller Wen the Dreamer, who as a child witnesses the denunciation of her parents and as a young woman becomes the target of denunciations herself; and headstrong, talented Kai, best friend of Sparrow and Zhuli, and a determinedly successful musician who is a virtuoso at masking his true self until the day he can hide no longer. Here, too, is Kai's daughter, the ever-questioning mathematician Marie, who pieces together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking a fragile meaning in the layers of their collective story. With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, a huge heart and impressive understanding, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once beautifully intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of daily life inside China, yet transcendent in its universality."--
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Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thien, Madeleine
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.3.T447
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Musicians
  • Intergenerational relations
  • Governor General's Literary Award : Fiction, 2016
  • Giller Prize, 2016
  • China
  • Families
  • Intergenerational relations
  • Manners and customs
  • Musicians
  • China
Label
Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn932093656
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345810441
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
073124C2-3324-45EA-B546-41DC8182A6AA
System control number
(OCoLC)932093656
Label
Do not say we have nothing, Madeleine Thien
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn932093656
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345810441
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
073124C2-3324-45EA-B546-41DC8182A6AA
System control number
(OCoLC)932093656

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