Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Yiyun Li / Feb 17, 2020

Gold Boy Emerald Girl In the title story a professor introduces her middle aged son to a favorite student unaware of the student s true affections In A Man Like Him a lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly a

  • Title: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
  • Author: Yiyun Li
  • ISBN: 9780007303106
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the title story, a professor introduces her middle aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student s true affections In A Man Like Him, a lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion In The Proprietress, a reporter from Shanghai travels to a small town to write an article about the local prison, only to discover a far iIn the title story, a professor introduces her middle aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student s true affections In A Man Like Him, a lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion In The Proprietress, a reporter from Shanghai travels to a small town to write an article about the local prison, only to discover a far intriguing story involving a shopkeeper who offers refuge to the wives and children of inmates In House Fire, a young man who suspects his father of sleeping with the young man s wife seeks the help of a detective agency run by a group of feisty old women.

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      • Yiyun Li

        Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China and moved to the United States in 1996 She received an MFA from Iowa Writers Workshop and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review,and elsewhere She has received a Whiting Writers Award and was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, PEN Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction She was recently selected as one of Granta s 21 Best of Young American Novelists She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and their two sons, and teaches at University of California, Davis.


    1. 4 and 1/2 starsNuggets and gems (in keeping with the title of this collection) are scattered throughout these stories -- in some it is the culminating line; in others a sentence that at first glance seems like a throwaway. Though the stories are set in China, these are more stories of character, not place, though the changes from an 'old' to a 'new' China and the resulting transitions do inform them.The opening novella, "Kindness" -- the only story told in the first person -- sets the tone for t [...]

    2. This is one of the loneliest collections of stories I've ever read. It's also remarkably beautiful, if only because it manages to never fall into despair. The will to go on, to keep living, even when all love is gone, even after realising that love was only a word one never could believe in or that one could no longer believe in. But there is so much more here than that.--I never showed up in her dreams, I am certain, as people we keep in our memories rarely have a place for us in theirs. You ma [...]

    3. A Unique VoiceThe first story, ‘Kindness’, is about a young girl serving her required army stint the year before starting college. She’s led an isolated childhood as an only child of a depressed, unengaged mother and a loving but much older and more tired father who works as a janitor. The child has an odd talent for gaining the interest of influential people such as an aging, lonely literary woman who teaches her to read and appreciate English literature including Charles Dickens, Thomas [...]

    4. 4.5 bintanga sembilan buah cerita (novela/cerpen) dalam buku ini dengan pelbagai konflik manusia. Namun, aku membacanya dengan penuh ketenangan dek kerana langgam bahasanya yang juga tenang. Watak, perwatakan dan latar cerita diterangkan dengan terperinci namun masih tidak serabut.

    5. This is one of those books that I couldn't point a finger at and say "This was wrong, that was wrong, I didn't like this" because it was well-written, the plots and topic was good, but I simply struggled through the stories because they were all so darn depressing.But I guess when loneliness is the theme of the book that should be expected! However, can't a lonely person have something good happen once in a while?

    6. Onvan : Gold Boy, Emerald Girl - Nevisande : Yiyun Li - ISBN : 1400068134 - ISBN13 : 9781400068135 - Dar 221 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2010

    7. I think this is the book I have enjoyed reading the most this year, and it is also one of the best books I have read this year, in terms of opening a new world open to me. I have read several other Chinese authors, but this is probably my favorite. I felt that the characters were both universal and specific, and that the book was a strong insight into "real" (although it is fiction), human lives in China and would be interested to know of course what people who know more about real life in China [...]

    8. This is an 80 page novella and 8 short stories, all concerning lonely people, and mostly set in present day China.The final line of the book, and of the eponymous story, sums them all up, "They were lonely and sad people and they would not make one another less sad, but they could, with great care, make a world that would accommodate their loneliness", and that glimmer of hope is what ensure this is not a depressing collectionNDNESSThe novella is about a 40 year old single woman in Beijing, alte [...]

    9. Okładka porównuje prozę Yiyun Li do Nabokowa i Czechowa, ale spokojnie widać tu też podobieństwa do opowiadań Alice Munro. Światy zamieszkiwane przez postaci są pełne niedopowiedzień, niespełnionych namiętności (albo i żyć) i kompromisów. Części tekstów brakowało - w moim odczuciu - tego ostatecznego sznytu, zgrabnej pointy (lub braku pointy) jak to u Munro, które tak zupełnie do mnie trafia, ale nawet bez tej doskonałości, sporo tekstów czytało się znakomicie. Niemni [...]

    10. I enjoyed the short stories in this book. I thought it was interesting how all of them involved an older character who was nostalgic or regretful about their past in some way. I like Yiyun Li's writing style. I like the simplicity of her sentences (like when one character compares freedom to a restaurant you get tired of eating at), or how violence always pops up in her plots in ways that really shock you. I like how most of her characters are lonely. Her stories are sad, but somehow not depress [...]

    11. SUBTLE AMBIGUITIES. "As innocent as new blossoms, unaware of the time sweeping past like a river."—page 134Subtlety and futility seem to suffuse the eight short stories of Yiyun Li's nuanced collection, GOLDEN BOY, EMERALD GIRL. Recommendation: Not a comfortable read for the linear-minded (nothing ever seems to be resolved), but poetically lyrical if you can abide a touch of ambiguity. "The one to show up at the right time beats the earlier risers."—page 135"But animosity is easier to live w [...]

    12. One of the best collections of stories I have ever read. This one I'd buy and keep to re-read! Yiyun Li's tales have a different perspective; a quiet, wise outlook on the passage of time and humans events. I really enjoyed this one.

    13. "My father, on the way home, warned me gently that the chickens were too young to last more than a day or two. I built a nest for the chicks out of a shoebox and ripped newspaper, and fed them water-softened millet grains and a day later, when they looked ill, aspirin dissolved in water. Two days later they died, the one I named Dot and marked with ink on his forehead the first one to go, followed by Mushroom. I stole two eggs from the kitchen when my father went to help a neighbour fix a leakin [...]

    14. YiYun Li was my gateway to Contemporary Asian Literature - well not Asian literature because they were originally written and published in English. But I think there is something special about asian writers - they have an edge to their writing that you cannot find anywhere else. Their succinct yet all-encompassing prose and distinctly cultural undertones can easily come across as rudimentary and second-rate, but Li's literary craftsmenship and thematic ideas really make her stand out among the c [...]

    15. I picked up this book on a whim after seeing it displayed prominently at my local public library. It is the One Book, One Chicago 2012 Spring pick, and as a collection of short stories, I thought it would fit into my reading time, which is stolen in snatches and bits from my daily responsibilities.Each story is a vignette that reveals quietly tragic figures going about their daily lives, but each contains a turning point or special event in their lives that is often the culmination of many years [...]

    16. Like Li's first set of stories, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, the tales in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl feel mythic and grandiose yet familiar scope. A standout, in my opinion, is House Fire, which examines domestic lives lived through multiple perspectives by moving seamlessly between six narrators, all of whom draw from six decades of life experience, packing with rich ambition and quick bouts of whimsy. The other bit I'd like to note, is the last line of the last story in this collection, which [...]

    17. This is a powerful collection of stories by Yiyun Li. Most are set in 20th century China and certainly there is a strong sense of time and place. But the dominant feature of the stories are the characters. Li’s main characters are outsiders; people who in various ways have positioned themselves away from their family members, co-workers and the rest of society. They often have different expectations for their lives than the people around them and in many ways they are alone. Through these peop [...]

    18. Crushingly beautiful and sad collection of short stories. The characters in these stories find love to be a word that is never to be believed, or that it is something they can no longer believe in. There is so much sadness seeped into this book, although the men and women you encounter in this collection never falter. The old do not understand the young, and vice versa. The youth do not care. Even though their worlds may be collapsing they have a calm aura about them. They are waiting for the ne [...]

    19. Magician, weaver, elegant storyteller, I am awestruck again by Yiyun Li. Her words pull emotions and insights from the corners in our hearts into the light, but gently, like a thoughtful teacher guiding. Her extraordinary talent to connect all humanity in a short story with local characters is ennobling and humbling together. Li grants readers the gift of seeing life with other eyes. Sublime, grandiose, personal. Makes me believe that small stories, told well, can change the shape and color of t [...]

    20. This is one of the best story collections I've ever read. The quality of voice, the scope of lives that we meet, the overall tone incredible. I noticed a few references to Dickens, and I think that's clearly an influence. Most resonant is how many of the stories portray the entire arc of a life or lives, and conclude with a balance of about 6 parts bitterness to 1 part sweet. Poignant! True? Not in line with American beliefs about "happily ever after," that's for sure!

    21. This is a beautifully quiet and restrained collection of stories. Many of them deal with loneliness (often stubbornly self-imposed) as a way to maintain a sense of self. There is nothing showy about these stories, but at the end of almost every one, I wanted to flip back to the beginning and start again to see how they had managed to build up so much psychological punch and complexity. The final story (and title story) is stunning.

    22. This is a collection of short stories that all center on Chinese life, culture, and Li's unbelievable characters. She has really mastered the art of the short story because I feel as if I deeply know the characters within pages of each story beginning. I enjoyed her fluid writing style and I found this a refreshing glimpse into loneliness and hope.

    23. My interview with Yiyun Li, The Daily Beast:ttp://thedailybeast/blogs-and-storid my NPR review of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl:npr/templates/story/st

    24. I wonder at the elegance of Li's writing. Whole stories are beautifully visualized on the page and not one metaphor or similie. It's all just accurately described and the accumulation of accurately described moments adds up to beauty.I guess I'll quit writing now.

    25. I can't remember when I have felt so drawn in to short stories which are not of the O'Henry style. Each one is poignant in its own way and put together give such a kaleidoscopic view of China that it is tempting to want to continue the stories in your mind.

    26. I would give this a 3.5 rating actually, I like the writing. The short stories are indeed interesting but they are depressing.

    27. Melankolisia novelleja nyky-Kiinasta, lähinnä naisista. Osa napakampia, osa hieman haipuvia. Hieno lukukokemus kuitenkin.

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