BOOK READ Ansuan by Mai Jia AUTHOR Mai Jia – dedelicate.com
BOOK READ Ansuan by Mai Jia AUTHOR Mai Jia – dedelicate.com
Ause to ponder over some points or keep on flipping For some time I had stopped reading spy fiction since I could not stomach another of the LudlumClancy variety Discovering this book reignited my love for spy fiction That said this book was of a mixed genre work with heavy mysteryspy overtones but the overall feel would be literary fiction Recommended for all mysteryspy genre lovers who cannot stand the commercial variety In China Mai Jia is the king of spy novels a Chinese euivalent to someone like John Le Carr but whose work has a distinctly surrealist element to it In The Dark tells three tales of the mysterious code breakers at Unit 701 China s top secret intelligence unit taskedThe three stories share this common setting and a similar cast of characters all are linked also by their obsession towards codes and ciphers There is the wind listener a blind man whose supernatural hearing enables him to discern even the sex of a barking dog there is an unstable maths genius who cracks the Kuomintang s newest best code but meets an unfortunate end at the hands of her lover s wife an old man so obsessed with codes he deciphers them in his dreams and lastly a tale of subterfuge and deception during the Vietnam War In The Dark is an enjoyable spy novel made special by its plot it s rare to see China play a main role in espionage novels so to see the Cold War s high stakes game of spycraft from the Chinese perspective is particularly noteworthy Me ha gustado definitivamente me gusta este autor Me resultan tramas atractivas y diferentes Putting the dreadful Decoded aside In The Dark is a much better prospectThe reader is lead through four short stories all of which involve people with unusual and genius talents which are to be used and exploited by China s Secret Service at the mysterious cryptography Unit 701 Although Mai Jia s writing is sometimes uite surreal In The Dark is very readable and moves along nicely Reading Chinese literature is always interesting because characters often don t react as we in the West would Perhaps this is because they are often portrayed as Party members all work no play and the Party comes first In The Dark feels as though someone like Haruki Murakami has taken Mia Jia over and written a Chinese thriller but then Mia Jia has regained control of himself and written what must be a pretty good depiction of China s repressive regime and the accompanying absurdity that often accompanies secrets and spyin. Dangerous mission from beyond the graveIn this story of conspiracies geniuses revolutionaries and terrible moral choices people sacrifice everything for a world of secrets until ultimately it destroys th.
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Hat s a pretty parsimonious description but may seem uite prescient once you ve finished the bookIt is a strange novel I picked it up for 2 at a book sale written by the supposed Chinese John le Carre and best selling author in China I got it in an attempt to further understand Chinese cultural differences secondly to see what stories people in China are reading these days and lastly because the blurb caught my eye The novel was undermined by either a sub par translator or the writer being unable to edit his own material To compare it to other authors I would say it was like a combination of Haruki Murakami and John Le Carre but written by an unskilled high school student that could have been a translation issue though There s too many laboured details things said over and over again in slightly different ways repetition after repetition description followed by a similar description explanations of explanations summaries of already summarised materials like some long drawn out distillation process a slow tedious simmering of material where you can t ust have the final reduction you have to experience the reducing Now you know what I m talking about I am however open to this strange writing style as a pastiche of the Chinese communist party way of writing Potentially the writer is purposely writing in a bureaucratic fashion to emulate what the Chinese would recognise as the party line The narrator is supposedly opening the vault on the mysterious Unit 701 though it s not made clear if he s writing a party report or ust sharing the story with the general publicOn another note the genius component and magic parts of the story are well executed but lack the mesmerising uality other magic realist authors like Murakami often endow their prose with they also could have gone deeper It s almost like there is a Chinese imperative to stick strictly to facts and to not delight too much in what verges on supernatural even recognising the nature of the narrators recording purposes As already mentioned the writing is too repetitive and laboured it needs a Hemingway slap across the faceReading Chinese cliches similes and metaphors is uite enjoyable a decent fantasy book tells China s secret agency Unit 701 comrades uniue stories during wartime This book told that lovepassion for someone or things can led a person to their death in strange ways Intricately woven and smart yet the pacing was furious and relentless I couldn t decide to take Stener' a blind surveillance officer who can hear sounds from miles away; the beautiful unstable maths genius who meets a violent end; the old man who deciphers codes in his dreams; the spy who recounts
Will review later I was uietly won over by this book Cryptography is interesting and the characters surrounding it are as cryptic as the ciphers they are listening for solving and sometimes living I highly recommend this novel really four stories oined by theme and subject Lis kiinalaista kryptoanalyysi Koodinmurtajan tapaan Siin miss Koodinmurtaja oli yhden ihmisen tarina A Kiss To Change Her Life ja enemm n romaanimainen t m kirja koostuu nelj st osastaoista Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings jokainen kertoo yhden poikkeuksellisen yksil n tarinan Kaikki tarinat liittyv t Koodinmurtajasta tuttuun erikoisyksikk 701eenoka on erikoistunut salakirjoituksiin a niiden murtamiseen Koodien murtamisen kanssa n iss kin painitaan a kuvataan ter v sti sit miten kryptoanalyysi on ala Neimhaim (Neimhaim, joka puristaa ihmisest irti kaiken mit irti on saatavissaAika kiinalainenuttu t m kin ep ilem tt l nsimaisista kryptoanalyysin poikkeusyksil ist kerrottaisiin v h n erilainen tarina Divine ecstasy, the story of Khajuraho ja kerrotaankin onhan se Turing leffa n hty this novel is a collection of four novellas loosely linked together they tell the story of a mysterious chinese intelligence service working in the mountains decrypting ciphers and codes as a matter of national importance even better it s written by china s answer toohn le carr sounds fun right so i was pretty excited when i picked it up and it started off okay and it stayed okay and it ended okay and that was it it was basically the book euivalent of a flatline i think the language has been poorly translated because it s rather clumsy and the plot is pretty dull it got to a point where i was so bored with it that i often dreaded picking the book back up again i have no idea where the le carr comparisons come from either le carr s novels are full of complex twists and turns as duplicitous people work for duplicitous agencies and through that there is a subtle or often overt criticism of said agencies their agents their shady actions and even the concept of nationhood so of course such a thing can t exist in a chinese book which would have been censored by the chinese state before it even got to a printing press in the dark is what you get when you take an espionage thriller and minus the intrigue plotting and duplicity oh and the espionage This book has so much potential but really the whole book would be better marketed as a short story collection There s no real link between each story It s almost ust a collection of 4 stories about people with variations of Asperger s syndrome 'Cracking another country's cipher is an undercover fight to the death'Hidden deep in the mountains the recruits at 'Unit 701' China's secret services operate in a dark shadowy world There is the 'wind li.
Mai Jia is arguably the most successful writer in China today His books are constant bestsellers with total sales over three million copies He became the highest paid author in China last year with his new book Wind Talk He has achieved unprecedented success with film adaptation all of his novels are made or are being made into major films or TV series the screenplays of which are often