After wandering the streets, Yile returns to a worried Xu Sanguan who takes him to the Victory Restaurant for noodles.

Often using a deceptively simple style, Yu Hua delivers a gripping, suspenseful, and ultimately redemptive and satisfying family saga focusing on Xu Sanguan, who, when times get tough and money is badly needed, gets it by selling his blood. As an entertaining novel, this rates 3.5 stars, but as a portrait of rural life in China during Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, it easily merits 4-stars.

Despite being fairly depressing, the book has it's funny moments along with its sad ones, and resists being a simple tradgedy despite its depictions of hardship. 1 (2015): 88-97. Set in the 1960s after the Korean War, this film is a story of Heo Sam Gwan, a factory worker who is without money or plans and his struggles with reality and his family. I stopped reading the moment when a man said to his sons they had to rape other man's daughters to avenge their mother.

It says: "One of the decade's 10 most influential books in China"..."Vital and electric...Yua Hua's characters are real people" ...ect. There were many unexpected plots that made me laugh and cry. The Cultural Revolution arrives.

However, as He Xiaoyong only has two daughters, He’s wife approaches Yile, He Xiaoyong’s supposed biological son, for help. In the village where he lives, the men can't get married until they are able to sell their own blood.

Published by Anchor Books. Although it's very written in very simple language, the characters are suprisingly complex. Day after day, Xu Yulan stands in the street on a stool with a placard labelled ‘Xu Yulan, Prostitute’.

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Xu Sanguan notices that his life and Xu Yulan’s life combines slowly. Since it's my birthday, I'm going to do something special for you kids. Although it's very written in very simple language, the characters are suprisingly complex. It is revealed that Yile contracted hepatitis and must travel to Shanghai for proper treatment. It's so beautiful ❤, “Hứa Ngọc Lan và  Nhị Lạc vừa ngồi tại chỗ, là hai mẹ con cứ nói hết chuyện nọ lại xọ sang chuyện kia, một người đàn bà ba mươi tuổi và một cậu bé tám tuổi, khi nói chuyện với nhau giống như hai người đàn bà ba mươi tuổi, hoặc hai cậu bé tám tuổi, hai người nói chuỵện sau khi  ăn cơm, hai người nói chuyện  trước khi ngủ, hai người nói chuỵên khi cùng đi ra phố, hai người thường xuyên càng nói càng hợp gu.”, “Vừa nãy anh khóc là cứ tưởng Nhất Lạc đã chết, bây giờ khóc là vì đã trông thấy Nhất Lạc vẫn còn sống…”, KR Kitap Kulübü #1 Yu Hua - Kanını Satan Adam. The novel ends with the family having a meal of fried pork livers and yellow rice wine at the Victory Restaurant.[5]. I’m thinking more along the lines of 3.5 stars but Xu Yulan’s final chapter rants at her sons and the new blood chief in support of Xu Sanguan were memorable to me so her closing performance gave it the last little bump up to 4 stars.

Yile is sent to the countryside as part of the Communist Party’s policy of re-education.

Heo Sam Gwan is eventually able to marry. What Yu Hua brings to these narratives is a steely willingness to take things too far.”[7], Ha Jin, author of Waiting, described Yu Hua as a "major contemporary novelist" and stated that the latter "writes with a cold eye but a warm heart. After nine years, questions about Yile’s legitimacy arises, and it is revealed that Xu Yulan had slept with her ex-lover, He Xiaoyong. This book is a gem.” Nola Theiss, author of Kliatt, argued, “The story is filled with strange attitudes and behaviors, which give insight to this peculiar time and place. Michael Laris of The Washington Post argued, “The epic -- and at times crude -- stories of struggle and survival in [...] Chronicle of a Blood Merchant offer unforgettable images of cruelty and kindness, Yu Hua's characters are torn between their animal instincts and their humanity. Not a good look on a train full of pretentious... Kind of boring at first but hold on to it. Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (Heosamgwan maehyeolgi) Quotes. [9]

The two men head to Victory Restaurant for a meal afterwards, but Genlong falls ill and dies.

There have been no recommendations submitted. Long after I closed the book, the character Xu Sanguan has remained stubbornly impressed upon my heart.”, Wang Ping, author of Foreign Devil (1996) and Aching for Beauty (2000), wrote, “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant takes us straight to the heartland of China—the towns, streets, courtyards, kitchens, and bedrooms where ordinary Chinese live. Yu's book and characters suffer from these indecencies, but find strength in the family unit, getting through desperate poverty and illness, betrayal and humiliation with their humanness.

Eventually, Xu parts ways with the brothers and reaches Shanghai, where he finds Yile is alive and recovering well. The story is set in the late 1940s until the 1980s, from the early years of the People's Republic of China until after the Cultural Revolution. Tragi-comic in the darkest of ways. by Anchor. The doctors say Genlong died from a cerebral hemorrhage, but Xu suspects Genlong sold too much blood. To make extra income, Xu Sanguan decides to sell blood at a hospital. p. ñ All I have left is my blood. He plans to meet them in Shanghai and resorts to selling blood once again. I really liked it. The title promises a grand epic, but the novel turns out to be the simple tale of a silk factory worker, Sanguan, his wife, the Dough Queen and his three sons , one of whom, Yile, turns out not to be his son at all.