Brothers, published as one book in English, was originally published in
China as two separate books. The first volume, published in 2005, relates
Baldi Li's and Song Gang's childhoods and early adolescence growing up during
China's Cultural Revolution (see sidebar). While the style is consistent
throughout the novel, the overall tone of the first book is increasingly dark,
with a depth that isn't carried through to the book's second half. A pervasive
sense of impending tragedy imbues much of the narrative. Yu does a remarkable
job of conveying the emotional and physical devastation inflicted on China's
populace as seen through the eyes of its children.
The second book (first published in 2006) picks up when the brothers are young men and follows their lives throughout the decades that follow. Yu chronicles China's reaction to and recovery from the ...
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