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Ling Ma

Autor(a) de Severance

3+ Works 2,332 Membros 103 Críticas 1 Favorited

About the Author

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Obras por Ling Ma

Severance (2018) 2,038 exemplares
Bliss Montage: Stories (2022) 293 exemplares

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2023 (2023) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1983
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Sanming, China
Locais de residência
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Educação
Cornell University (MFA)

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When I started reading this book, my thoughts initially were: oh no, another post-apocalyptic dystopian novel. I nearly abandoned it a few times for that reason. I am not a fan of that genre. However, when more of the story began to focus on the narrator’s life leading up to and including The End, as this particular apocalypse is referred to, I was drawn into the story. Ling Ma is an excellent writer. I was disappointed with the rather, in my view, abrupt ending, and I am not really sure if there was a point at all, or if there was meant to be a point, so I could not give the book five stars. The four stars are based on the strength of the writing alone.… (mais)
 
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bschweiger | 93 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2024 |
Not so different a premise to be found here from that of Station Eleven. Albeit grittier than Mandel's offering, not too gritty and very readable. A portrait of a young Asian-American woman living in NYC when an illness caused by a fungus, not a virus, (but still from China) pretty much decimates the world population. Probably this nightmarish theme is deeply embedded in our psyches, since epidemics have occurred at regular intervals. No pretty ending here, but open-ended. I'm not sure that was the best idea, actually, it feels like a writer taking the 'tough' stance because this was as far as they wanted to go. ***1/2… (mais)
½
 
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sibylline | 93 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2023 |
A page turner. I read it in a single day. Dark. But interesting in its strange prescience (written in 2018 about a pandemic ) takes place in New York City, and the whole book has a reverence and love of cites, New York in particular. About belonging, home, family. Very moving.
 
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BookyMaven | 93 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
I started this one while pregnant, and had to put it down. The experience of an abusive situation is so real and correct that it deserves some kind of content warning, but the narrator is great, and so herself, that you can endure with her and her simultaneous detachment and ability to drive real meaning from random events.
 
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zlinkous | 93 outras críticas | Oct 3, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
3
Also by
1
Membros
2,332
Popularidade
#11,000
Avaliação
3.8
Críticas
103
ISBN
21
Línguas
3
Marcado como favorito
1

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