Author: Lao Ma
Page Count/Review Word Count: 180
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
There were typos in this, but I didn’t care – that’s how good it was. This is the second book of Chinese contemporary fiction that I’ve been sent in recent months, and both of them have been exceptional. In this one, Lao Ma has released a sequence of flash fiction pieces which are loosely connected through their shared theme of life as a lecturer at a university in mainland China.
I’ll admit, I’m not the most multi-cultured person that I know, and I knew next to nothing about China before I picked this book up, but I really, really enjoyed it. Lao Ma has got a rare talent, and that’s probably best illustrated by the work of Charles Bukowski – he can deliver one line which is just so simple and yet so perfect that, as a writer myself, I can’t help but feel blown away by it. Amazing!