Thursday, November 24, 2016

Book: The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian

The Noodle Maker is essentially a book of short stories. The book held my interest at the start, but over time I lost interest in the various tales and I ended up discarding the book to move on to other material.

2 1/2


... 'for a thousand days we train our troops, to use them in just one battle.'

...'he doesn't have to tax his brains, so he never experiences the dizziness, insomnia and disturbing dreams the writer suffers from....the affliction of the intellectuals'

'He is lazy by nature, and self-obsessed, and is destined to eke out the rest of his life on the poverty-stricken margins of society. He will never settle down to any serious work. There is always some obscure detail to research or mundane duty to perform, and while these provide a welcome distraction, they do also give him excuses to delay what he needs to do....'

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