Death of God & Mainline Protestantism
American Indian Stories

Red Sorghum

Red SorghumRed Sorghum by Mo Yan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in a small village surrounded by fields of red sorghum mostly during the Japanese invasion of China, this magnificent story is filled with rich characters and delightful episodes, all while detailing the horrors of war for the village people. The only reason I failed to give it five stars was because I thought the final two sections were confusingly organized (the entire book is non linear in its narrative style, which is fine until those sections) and seemed to me to get distracted by some minutiae instead of completing some of the main story. But that said, I still greatly enjoyed the novel. Among its unique features is a section narrated from the perspective of one of the village dogs. I've enjoyed the novel so much I intend to read more of Mo's novels in the years to come.

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