Party Members

Party Members Deep within the heart of China far from the glamour of Shanghai and Beijing lies the Chinese every city of Huaishi This worker s paradise of smog and concrete is home to Party Member Yang Wei a med

  • Title: Party Members
  • Author: Arthur Meursault
  • ISBN: 9781910736364
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Deep within the heart of China, far from the glamour of Shanghai and Beijing, lies the Chinese every city of Huaishi This worker s paradise of smog and concrete is home to Party Member Yang Wei, a mediocre man in a mediocre job His content life of bureaucratic monotony is shattered by an encounter with the advanced consumer goods he has long been deprived of Aided by thDeep within the heart of China, far from the glamour of Shanghai and Beijing, lies the Chinese every city of Huaishi This worker s paradise of smog and concrete is home to Party Member Yang Wei, a mediocre man in a mediocre job His content life of bureaucratic monotony is shattered by an encounter with the advanced consumer goods he has long been deprived of Aided by the cynical and malicious advice of an unlikely mentor, Yang Wei embarks on a journey of greed, corruption, and murder that takes him to the diseased underbelly of Chinese society Will Yang Wei achieve his ambition of promotion to the mysterious eighth floor Will he win the love of his beautiful but materialistic colleague, Rainy And will his penis stop telling him to eat at fast food restaurants Just how far will Yang Wei go to achieve his pursuit of wealth, glory, and a better car Party Members is a bleak and black comedic fantasy about a world where to get rich is glorious, no matter who gets hurt in the process Designer handbags, sex, karaoke, and shady property deals combine to paint a picture of modern China unlike anything seen before.

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    1. Party Members by Arthur Meursault is an intense, ugly, gruesome work of fiction that will leave most feeling nauseous. It’s also a page-turner that is kind of essential reading for China observers. Reader discretion is advised, be aware that this one may offend many if not all…Basically, the novel is a satire which viciously critiques the excesses of contemporary post-economic reform China. As titled Party Members, it stars a low-level Communist party member who lives in a third-rate pollute [...]

    2. I once worked with a man who proclaimed that God had sent him to China.Prone to long soliloquies on how China would soon overtake the West, he dismissed the Great Firewall as a Western myth while simultaneously defending the blocking of Facebook. He bragged about his powerful Chinese connections and frequently promised the people he liked that he could keep them “safe” come contract renewal time. Once he was too old and the school no longer felt like lying about his age to secure his residen [...]

    3. A grim, pessimistic (and often gross) view of how to get ahead in China and the party. I'm not sure if enjoyable would be the right word for this book, but it was a 'good' read. I laughed, I winced and got angry as this 'fictional' story feels to be very close to the truth. Along with the main narrative about "how to be a dick!", you learn about the different aspects of living in China, from the pressure exerted on sons to produce heirs, mistress culture, showing off/losing face and the ever ela [...]

    4. I think it's relevant to this review to note early on that I am currently living in Taiwan. I've lived here for eight years, for three years in Hong Kong in the late nineties, and I spent a year in Shanghai. I read this book on the recommendation of a stranger who said it was something "old China hands like us" would enjoy. I don't make a habit of taking book suggestions from strangers because my to-read list is long and intentionally cultivated, but this seemed like a quick read that would give [...]

    5. I went into this novel not really knowing what to expect. Starting with the positives, Party Members is well written, and the author (Arthur), clearly had a unique vision, which he was able to execute successfully for his purposes. As far as I know, there's no other book currently on the market quite like it.As someone who has lived abroad in China, I was intrigued by the angle Meursault chose to take in writing this story about a power-hungry mid-level bureaucrat in the country's interior (a sa [...]

    6. Obligatory 5 star rating of one's own book to counterbalance the obligatory 1 star rating from Robert :)

    7. “She was stamping her foot on the landlord’s face. She looked beautiful.”It’s difficult to review this novel without giving too much away, so I’ll keep it relatively short. Party Members by Arthur Meursault is a dark comic novel about China’s (ahem, what’s a phrase that’s diplomatic?) sociopolitical issues. It tracks the life of Yang Wei, a low level cadre who wants to, for reasons I won’t go into, lest it spoil the fun, climb the rickety social ladder. To get rich is glorious [...]

    8. Yep, certainly not for everybody, and definitely not for me. While I was appreciating the style and how the author really captures a lot of the Chinese third-tier city life and civil servants attitudes quite well I just couldn't get past the bathroom scene. I can't stomach such nauseating and, imho, unnecessary paragraphs about urine and feces everywhere.

    9. Hilarious. So many laugh out loud moments. A must read for anyone who has spent time frustrated in China. An unfortunately accurate portrayal of modern day China. Loses one star for being a bit too long. The Penis metaphor was initially funny but too many pages are dedicated to it.

    10. An absolute riotGloriously filthy and over the top, the truly great bits of this book come with the subtle cutting jokes that hide within it. Probably a bit too intense to read in a short space of time but that shouldn't dissuade anyone from reading it.

    11. Decidedly the most disturbing book you will read this year if not in your lifetime is Arthur Meursault’s Party Members (Camphor). It is rightly labeled as a “black comedy,” and you WILL laugh, but there is so much distressing material densely packed within its 286 pages that a trigger warning is required for lay readers. Take the most horrible headlines you have ever read about contemporary China, let them ferment like sorghum in the darkest corners of Meursault’s mind, distill into a bi [...]

    12. An absolutely hilarious, if somewhat dark, satire of modern life in a 'tier 88' city in China.Not for the easily offended, anyone who has spent some time living in China will recognise many of the characters contained within.

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