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Shanghai Baby : A Novel por Wei Hui
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Shanghai Baby : A Novel (original 1993; edição 2001)

por Wei Hui

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The gap that divides those of us born in the 1970s and the older generation has never been so wide.Dark and edgy, deliciously naughty, an intoxicating cocktail of sex and the search for love, Shanghai Baby has already risen to cult status in mainland China. The risque contents of the breakthrough novel by hip new author Wei Hui have so alarmed Beijing authorities that thousands of copies have been confiscated and burned. As explicit as Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, as shocking as Trainspotting, this story of a beautiful writer and her erotically charged affairs jumps, howls, and hits the ground running as it depicts the new generation rising in the East. Set in the centuries-old port city of Shanghai, the novel follows the days, and nights, of the irrepressibly carnal Coco, who waits tables in a café when she meets her first lover, a sensitive Chinese artist. Defying her parents, Coco moves in with her boyfriend and enters a frenzied, orgasmic world of drugs and hedonism. But, helpless to stop her gentle lover's descent into addiction, Coco becomes attracted to a boisterous Westerner, a rich German businessman with a penchant for S/M and seduction. Now, with an entourage of friends ranging from a streetwise madame to a rebellious filmmaker, Coco's forays into in the territory of love and lust cross the borders between two cultures -- awakening her guilt and fears of discovery, yet stimulating her emerging sexual self. Searing a blistering image into the reader's imagination, Shanghai Baby provides an alternative travelogue into the back streets of a city and the hard-core escapades of today's liberated youth. Wei Hui's provocative portrayal of men, women, and cultural transition is an astonishing and brave exposure of the unacknowledged new China, breaking through official rhetoric to show the inroads of the West and a people determined to burst free.… (mais)
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Título:Shanghai Baby : A Novel
Autores:Wei Hui
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I would say 2.5 but meh, I don't care. The book and storyline was intriguing at first but then it got more and more dull. I guess what I hated the most is the fact that Coco kept going back to Mark, even though she claimed she loved Tian Tian so much. She's indeed a foolish character in my opinion in all confused about her own self. I guess that's what made me rating pretty low, I really didn't like the main character so much as to the fact that she would betray her lover like that. Hm, I just think it's a pet peeve of mine and to read about it is a turn off. In all, it was alright I guess. I had quite high expectations for this book but they weren't met. ( )
  nerobucciarati | Jul 27, 2020 |
Utter garbage, waste of time.

Don‘t bother. ( )
  Torijama | Sep 5, 2019 |
Shanghai Baby (上海寳貝) by Zhou Weihui is the quintessential novel of the modern, middle-class Chinese woman living in the heady days of the early 90s as China underwent massive socio-economic changes.

Semi-autobiographical in nature and with the link between fact and fiction blurred for marketing purposes, Shanghai Baby is replete with brand names, sexualised themes and empty dialogue. Commercialisation and materialism are glamorised to an obscene extent, with the protagonist at every opportunity announcing to all the brand name make-up, cars, drinks, music, places etc. she uses and visits. This vapid materialism is compounded by the sexual element of Coco's story - at every opportunity she discusses the superiority of western penises and bemoans the fact her Chinese lover is impotent.

All of this comes together in a heavily commercialised novel that reeks of self-promotion and exhibitionism; sex and material wealth are constantly exploited for commercial profit. Shanghai Baby is merely the culmination of the trend of "Babe Writers", common in the early 90s, whose novels focused on the lives of modern independent women in modern China. However, whatever sociological or literary worth this phenomenon might have had is lost in vapid, empty dialogue, obnoxious and one-dimensional characters, and exploitative writings. Unlike earlier novels by Chinese women, Shanghai Baby has nothing to do with protest, personal growth, or rebellion against social convention; rather it is testimony to the mantra "sex sells".

The only thing modern about this novel is its alternative Shanghai setting populated by artists, writers, and disaffected Generation Y members but ultimately that as well is nothing more than stereotypical hedonism and materialism. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
She writes like a disembodied spirit – atmospheric, intimate, sometimes hollow. In this novel, we follow Coco around Shanghai, and into and out of the arms of her two lovers. She maintains a firefly lightness of language and even manages a little tangle of a plot. She does remind me a lot of Anais Nin, darting from observation to sensation, always just slightly surprised. ( )
  astrologerjenny | Apr 24, 2013 |
(one of 24 books found today at 2nd hand shop...24 for $10!)
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The gap that divides those of us born in the 1970s and the older generation has never been so wide.Dark and edgy, deliciously naughty, an intoxicating cocktail of sex and the search for love, Shanghai Baby has already risen to cult status in mainland China. The risque contents of the breakthrough novel by hip new author Wei Hui have so alarmed Beijing authorities that thousands of copies have been confiscated and burned. As explicit as Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, as shocking as Trainspotting, this story of a beautiful writer and her erotically charged affairs jumps, howls, and hits the ground running as it depicts the new generation rising in the East. Set in the centuries-old port city of Shanghai, the novel follows the days, and nights, of the irrepressibly carnal Coco, who waits tables in a café when she meets her first lover, a sensitive Chinese artist. Defying her parents, Coco moves in with her boyfriend and enters a frenzied, orgasmic world of drugs and hedonism. But, helpless to stop her gentle lover's descent into addiction, Coco becomes attracted to a boisterous Westerner, a rich German businessman with a penchant for S/M and seduction. Now, with an entourage of friends ranging from a streetwise madame to a rebellious filmmaker, Coco's forays into in the territory of love and lust cross the borders between two cultures -- awakening her guilt and fears of discovery, yet stimulating her emerging sexual self. Searing a blistering image into the reader's imagination, Shanghai Baby provides an alternative travelogue into the back streets of a city and the hard-core escapades of today's liberated youth. Wei Hui's provocative portrayal of men, women, and cultural transition is an astonishing and brave exposure of the unacknowledged new China, breaking through official rhetoric to show the inroads of the West and a people determined to burst free.

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