Join our monthly book chat on Cries in the Drizzle by Yu Hua.

Yu Huas beautiful, heartbreaking novel Cries in the Drizzle follows a young Chinese boy throughout his childhood and adolescence during the era of Chairman Mao.

The middle son of three, Sun Guanglin is constantly neglected ignored by his parents and his younger and older brother. Sent away at age six to live with another family, he returns to his parents house six years later on the same night that their home burns to the ground, making him even more a black sheep. Yet Sun Guanglins status as an outcast, both at home and in his village, places him in a unique position to observe the changing nature of Chinese society, as social dynamics and his very own family are changed forever under Communist rule.

With its moving, thoughtful prose, Cries in the Drizzle is a stunning addition to the wide-ranging work of one of Chinas most distinguished contemporary writers.

About the Author:
Yu Hua was born in 1960 in Zhejiang, China. He finished high school during the Cultural Revolution and worked as a dentist for five years before beginning to write in 1983. He has published four novels, six collections of stories, and three collections of essays. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. In 2002 Yu Hua became the first Chinese writer to win the prestigious James Joyce Foundation Award. His novel To Live was awarded Italy's Premio Grinzane Cavour in 1998, and To Live and Chronicle of a Blood Merchant were named two of the last decade's ten most influential books in China. Yu Hua lives in Beijing.

Allan H. Barr is the translator of a collection of short stories by Yu Hua, and his research on Ming and Qing literature has been published both in the West and in China. He is Professor of Chinese at Pomona College.

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About CCC Chinese Book Club

The 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!

CCC Book Club day group:
10:30 am, every third Wednesday 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.
Venue: CCC Learning Centre, Chinese Culture Club, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.