The Dark Road

The Dark Road Meili a young peasant woman born in the remote heart of China is married to Kongzi a village school teacher and a distant descendant of Confucius They have a daughter but desperate for a son to c

  • Title: The Dark Road
  • Author: Ma Jian Flora Drew
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  • Meili, a young peasant woman born in the remote heart of China, is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of Confucius They have a daughter, but desperate for a son to carry on his illustrious family line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant again without waiting for official permission When family planning officers storm the village to arrest violaMeili, a young peasant woman born in the remote heart of China, is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of Confucius They have a daughter, but desperate for a son to carry on his illustrious family line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant again without waiting for official permission When family planning officers storm the village to arrest violators of the population control policy, mother, father and daughter escape to the Yangtze River and begin a fugitive life.For years they drift south through the poisoned waterways and ruined landscapes of China, picking up work as they go along, scavenging for necessities and flying from police detection As Meili s body continues to be invaded by her husband and assaulted by the state, she fights to regain control of her fate and that of her unborn child.

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    • Ma Jian Flora Drew

      Ma Jian was born in Qingdao,China on the 18th of August 1953, not much is known or revealed about his early and formative years.But in 1986, Ma moved to Hong Kong after a clampdown by the Chinese government in which most of his works were banned.He moved again in 1997 to Germany, but only stayed for two years moving to England in 1999 where he now lives with his partner and translator Flora Drew.Ma came to the attention of the English speaking world with his story collection Stick Out Your Tongue Stories, translated into English in 2006.His Beijing Coma tells the story of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 from the point of view of the fictional Dai Wei, a participant in the events left in a coma by the violent end of the protests The comatose narrator functions as a metaphor for the ability to remember and the inability to act it has since received critical acclaim

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    • The Dark Road, by Ma Jian is a novel about Kongzi, Meili, and their daughter Nannan. Konzi is a direct relation to of Confucius and a school teacher. Things are well for the family until Meili becomes pregnant with a second child. The one child family policy is in full effect and the family does not have state permission to have a second child. The Family Planning Commission enforcers are ruthless. Reminders f the one child policy are all around including a sign “ Severe the fallopian tubes of [...]



    • The Dark Road by Ma Jian was the 14th book I've read this year. As some of you who are Facebook and/or friends you know I keep track of my reading each year and include a short review or reflection. I read this book about three weeks ago and I am far enough removed from it to write the reflection. It will be lengthy.This was, hands down, the most heart-wrenching and brutal book I have ever read in my life. And, I recommend it to everyone. In fact, it should be required reading for every adult.T [...]


    • Rating 3* out of 5. I was highly inclined to give it only a two-star rating, but it gets another one for the importance of the subject. This book is about Meili and her husband Kongzi who are on the run from the family planning department in China. They've committed the crime of conceiving a new baby. Their first child, Nannan, was a daughter and Kongzi desperately wants a son. The book describes many of the horrors facing parents in strictest family planning regions of China. It's stomach turni [...]


    • In the backdrop of rural China, in the villages and waterways, Ma Jian has crafted a tale both alarming and distressing on the abuses of China's one-child policy."Meili remembers seeing Yuanyuan hobbling back from the school the day they left. Her mother-in-law was beside her, one hand supporting her round the waist and the other gripping the aborted fetus by the arm. Yuanyuan went into labour as soon as she was strapped to the school desk, but by the time the baby was born the disinfectant had [...]


    • Ma Jian has written a shocking novel, THE DARK ROAD, that chronicles the inhumane policies of China’s one-child policy. It’s chilling, infuriating, and almost unbearable to read with its dark detail. Perhaps the most disturbing feature of Ma’s story is the knowledge that you, the reader, can do nothing about it.The policy of one child for each normal family is enforced by governmental agencies using forced abortion and sterilization. Brutality and inhumanity force women of China to flee an [...]


    • a rare 5 stars Shattering. For those who think, with typical western naivete, that all is rosy in the New China, dig into this novel. More likely, it will dig into you. A vivid and painful perspective on the pollution in rural areas, personal outrages like forced abortions, general civil unrest, and other detriments to ordinary Chinese citizens in the Pearl River area. The horrors are so finely woven into the story, one becomes afraid to read the next page. Yes, that is the region where the new [...]


    • Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans said: "My motto about message in a book is: flowers in honey, salt in water. The messages have disappeared, but the flavors are everywhere."Ma Jian might say: poison in honey, industrial waste in water. The multiple messages in this polemical novel coat every page like the Styrofoam and electronic waste that covers every waterway and landscape in his version of contemporary China. And that's the author's point: to raise a hue and cry against the horrors of China' [...]


    • A woman’s womb is a battleground between Old China and New China in Ma Jian’s dark new work. Meili and Kongzi are family planning fugitives. Kongzi is intent on bringing a male heir into the world and continue the Confucius line. Meili is intent on not having her baby killed by the Chinese government. She is constantly pulled by both forces, but never given a choice of her own. After violating the One Child Policy in China, they go on the run with their daughter Nannan. They choose to buy a [...]


    • la via delle riforme è lastricata di corpi lasciati a marcireKongzi, ultimo in linea genealogica di Confucio e questo spiega perchè non può esimersi da cercare un figlio maschio, è in fuga sul fiume Yangtze con quella poveretta di sua moglie Meili, la quale, avendo già una figlia femmina che sconsideratamente non ha ucciso alla nascita, non fa nemmeno in tempo a subire un Aborto di Stato che il marito ricomincia a cercare di metterla incinta del figlio maschio che, secondo lui e il suo illu [...]


    • I thought I had already read the bleakest novel ever written, Cormac McCarthy's The Road. But I've found one still bleaker, by my favourite Chinese writer Ma Jian, who hasn't had a new book in about five years. The Dark Road is the tale of Kongzi, seventy-sixth descendant of Confucius, his wife Meilie, and their daughter Nannan. It's about the brutalities of modern Chinese life, the one child policy, and the environmental chaos found there. It's about corruption and despair. These three and espe [...]


    • The Dark Road is indeed dark, the topic being the one child policy in China and the Family Planning Committee. I gave it two stars because it educated me. Let me save you the horrific visual images and give you the message. In China, women are hunted, kidnapped, forcibly have IUD's inserted, forcibly sterilized, and have late trimester abortions performed on them against their will by having disinfectant injected into them (and the baby's head). And, if that's not enough, if the baby is expelled [...]


    • If you glimpse through most of the reviews, you'll find the word 'disturbing' being used time and again. And it's true - this book really is disturbing. And graphic. And eye-opening.It's about a husband and wife who are desperate for a son to carry on a philosophical family line. Already having a daughter, they face brutality from government officers who are trying to uphold one-child policy, and thus their effort for a second children requires them to live a nomadic, depressing, inhumane, even [...]


    • Very dark. But a bit patchy. In fact, it's all a bit, I don't know, Victorian? There is welcome twist of weirdness towards the end, but for a large chunks of itit just reads like a 19th century novel. I also don't know if it is translation or not, but lot of prose is pedestrian and there is much that is unfeasible about how the main character is portrayed. Having said that, it's a gripping read, 360 pages flew by



    • MA Jian is a bestselling Chinese writer based in London whose earlier books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. The Dark Road is his sixth novel. Although he is a fervent proponent of freedom of speech and a vocal critic of China’s authoritarian regime, it is clear from his writing that he loves his native China deeply, despite the fact he has been denied the right to enter the country since 2011 and that China has banned every single one of his books. In a way, this is unde [...]


    • This is a haunting story about the women affected by China’s one-child policy. It is a well written but difficult read. At times I was so sickened by the truth behind the story that I had to walk away and wasn't sure if I could finish it. It will make you thankful for your own life and you may start checking food labels more carefully.


    • This is truly a scary book. It is so graphic and ruthless that at some point I started wondering if I am too sentimental or the rest of the world is so pitiless – how can anyone read a two-page description of an eight-month abortion – as graphic as it gets – with the embryo extracted and killed in front of his mother? By the time she gets a huge bill for services, you have been numbed to anything.The book takes place in modern-day China, a country good for businessmen and Party cadres, but [...]


    • The Dark Road describes a family's desperate struggle, a woman’s bleak way, a nation's destructive course. Ma Jian describes the travails of a woman, husband, and daughter against China's one-child policy, family-planning officials, and inhumane treatment of the rural poor in the years before the glitter of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He vividly depicts the dubious rise of a Chinese middle class among rampant toxic pollution and mountains of Western nations' electronic waste; the brutalized, te [...]


    • This is probably not the best book to read when you're nine months pregnant, but luckily I have a very strong bubble of peace from all the practice I've had to keep people's negativity out.This fictionalized account of one family's struggles living with China's one-child policy contains no happiness. Terrible things happen and when you think things can't get any worse, they do. Reading this is like watching Chinese drama: nothing good happens and there are no happy endings. There are forced abor [...]


    • A very sad, depressing, dark tale about the one child policy implemented by China. It's not an easy read and I must warn you that there's a very disturbing abortion scene that will haunt you if you decide to read. It's an eye opener for human and women's rights. I read recently that China has modified their one child policy allowing families to have a second child if one of the parents came from an only child household, but it will still be enforced. This novel follows the journey of Kongzi and [...]


    • Look, I just can't with this book. People are giving it really high ratings, lots of four or even five stars, and no, it's not that good. In fact, it's not good at all.I think a lot of people are confusing the idea of a compelling story about modern rural China under Communist oppression (something that at least in some parts is either patently false or just based in modern myth: see, baby soup) with the idea of the novel being a compelling read on its own merits. The Dark Road flatly fails in t [...]


    • Ma Jian exposes the dark side of the one child policy in this novel of suffering and loss. In the city of Heaven nobody has babies because it's so polluted, they can't be made. Rubbish is a metaphor for women's lives under the state; they don't own their bodies, they can be forced to have abortions if the family planning police track them down, their lives are worth nothing.Meili,who's pregnant and her husband Kongzi (supposedly descended from Confucius)have to flee for their lives after the dre [...]


    • Wow. I was really not sure how to rate this book. The writing is excellent. But the entire book was so grim, I hesitate to recommend it to anyone but the hardiest of readers. Not only did this book deal with the one-child policy and it's effect on one family in particular, and a segment of society in general, but the author also included the rampant corruption of lower Chinese officials and the unbelievable pollution and working conditions of workers who recycle e-waste. So where on earth could [...]


    • A very bleak page-turner. The one-child policy is probably something many people have heard of and perhaps even read a bit about. However, this book brings you right into the heart of the country, inside a village, where peasants are fighting against officials for a basic right of humanity - to reproduce. Set in the 21st century, it tells the story of one family and how one man's sense of filial piety results in an almost-nightly intrusion into his wife's womb in attempts to impregnate her with [...]


    • I really liked this book, Ma Jian certainly doesn't sugar coat the details in this book. Honestly I found it very hard to put down, I was repulsed, horrified, and curious if Meili would ever find happiness at the same time. I really liked the infant spirit's dialogue too, it was a unique insight into what was going on. Really I was prepped to give this book at least 4 starts until I got towards the endI'm not upset there was no happy ending (life rarely has any) but I'm a little disappointed and [...]


    • I’ve never really read anything that took place in China before, and this was a compelling and sometimes disturbing look into Chinese rural life. In this novel, the main character, Meili, is forced to go on the run with her husband after illegally falling pregnant with her second child. Over the next ten years, she gives birth to three more children, and raises none of them. She is raped. She forgets her daughter places way too often. She puts up with being married to a horrible guy. She works [...]


    • Yow! If I was to rate this book entirely on the quality of the writing and the power of the story it would easily get a five, a six if there was one. Ma Jian is one of my favorite authors. He makes me think. He makes me feel. He sickens, astounds, enthralls, confuses and generally riles me all up. The reason I gave this one four stars is that is so unrelentingly bleak and depressing that I just couldn't bring myself to give it the highest rating. If it wasn't so powerfully written it wouldn't ha [...]


    • I'd call this a vastly important novel for those seeking to know more of what's going on in modern day China. However, potential readers need to be cautioned that this isn't for the squeamish and it isn't entertaining. It's a graphic representation of horrors in communist China that are a result of the country's "one child" restriction. Ma Jian's novel is heart rending and one that could prompt nightmares after reading. It will make you sad and it will make you mad. It's also likely to make you [...]


    • Very difficult to review and to read. It took me a while to get into the story but once in, I was gripped. A beautiful written prose, BUT also a very difficult and disturbing subject to read about. Part truth, part mythical/fantasy, a story about the One Child Rule in China. How many women like Meili and her family suffered and still do. Forced abortions and sterilizations; government killing baby girls. How daughter Nannan suffered for feeling guilty she wasn't a son. So many horrific parts in [...]


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