Kinder Than Solitude

Kinder Than Solitude

Book - 2014
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A tale set in America and China follows the experiences of three people who in their youths were involved in a mysterious accident that resulted in a friend's fatal poisoning and years later are haunted by the possibility that one of them actually committed a murder.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780812980165
9781400068142
1400068142
Branch Call Number: LI Y
Characteristics: 312 p ; 25 cm.

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January1545
Aug 08, 2017

I don't usually mind if a book is sad or depressing, as long as it is well-written -- and this one is. But I did find it very gloomy, so beware if that kind of thing bothers you.

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Candaceb108
Oct 16, 2016

Salman Rushdie complimented the author on her story telling, but she lost me. As another commenter mentioned, the characters desire to forget and stop feeling anything could reflect the aftermath of Tiananmen Square. But I think it is the state of the whole Chinese culture after the effects of Mao's Cultural Revolution. They are deadened, afraid, and greedy for material wealth.

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uncommonreader
Nov 22, 2015

This novel tells the story of three people whose lives are overshadowed by the poisoning of a political activist and who seem only to want to forget. It serves as an allegory to the aftermath of Tiananmen Square and the subsequent forgetting of that political event in the turning to a more capitalist China. The descriptions of the lives of the two women in the US are too long and serve no purpose. Overall, disappointing.

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Aug 08, 2017

January1545 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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