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By Jennifer Reese
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:42 AM EDT
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The Girl Who Played Go

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  • Book
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In this dreamy yet powerful novel set in ’30s Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a Chinese schoolgirl escapes both her adolescent romantic tribulations and violent political upheavals by playing go, the ancient Asian board game, in a public square. She excels at the meditative game, and is drawn into a long-running match with an anonymous young Japanese soldier. Their peaceful, almost wordless interactions appear in stark contrast to the noisy, increasingly bloody battles. Despite some lyrical excesses and a slow start, this unlikely love story (gracefully translated from French by Adriana Hunter) is beautiful, shocking, and sad.

The Girl Who Played Go

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Shan Sa

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