Join our monthly book chat on "The True Story of Ah Q" by Lu Xun. Lu Xun is the greatest Chinese writer in the 20th century. 'The True Story of Ah Q' written in 1921 is one of his most important works.

You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion! The book is available at Beijing Foreign Language Book Store in Wangfujing Street.

About the True Story of Ah Q

Considered a masterpiece, this story was written in 1921, and is set in the China of 1911: the period of the old-democratic revolution. It concerns the tragedy of Ah Q, a farm laborer who suffers a lifetime of humiliation and persecution, dreams of revolution, and ends up on the execution ground. The story colorfully reflects the rural conditions in semi-feudal and semi-colonial China, and brings to life the time's sharp class contradictions and the peasant masses' demand for revolution. Its simplicity and directness of style, and the beauty of Lu Hsun's language, place The True Story of Ah Q high among literary works of the time for both content and style.

About Lu Xun

(born Sept. 25, 1881, Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China-died Oct. 19, 1936, Shanghai) Chinese writer. He became associated with the nascent Chinese literary movement in 1918 (part of the larger May Fourth Movement), when he published his short story Diary of a Madman, a condemnation of traditional Confucian culture and the first Western-style story written wholly in Chinese. Though best known for his fiction, he was also a master of the prose essay, a vehicle he used especially late in life. He never joined the Communist Party himself, but he recruited many of his countrymen to communism and came to be considered a revolutionary hero.
  • Portraits of Lu Xun (left) and Ah Q (right)

    About CCC Book Club:



    CCC book club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.

    At the CCC' s Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

    Booklist:  Click here to view the whole booklist of the past meetings.

    CCC Book Club day group:
    10:30 am, every third Wednesday of the month.

    CCC Book Club Evening Group:
    7:30 pm, every third Thursday of the month

    Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.

  • CCC does not offer regular set packages for this class. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check non-negotiable fixed prices and propose a date for your own group. Please note that we do not create a private class or workshop and then make it available for individual people to join. We also do not contact other people to add to a group tour. Similarly, we can create custom-made private activities or events for you and your family or friends or co-workers at set-prices.