Rickshaw: The Novel Lo-t’o Hsiang Tzu
Rickshaw, also known as Lo Tuo Xiang Zi, is considered as a classic in the world of modern Chinese literature. The author of this book is Lao She; the book was written in 1936. The story is set in Beijing. Time passes swiftly in this novel; the beginning to the end of the story is roughly five years. This novel is not just a story about rickshaw pullers, but a story about the social miseries in early modern China. Lao She’s work is a real depiction of the ugliness and cold-heartedness of this world. The writing and description itself is what makes this novel an incredible reading experience. Lao She’s literary prowess enables him to portray Xiang Zi’s world to life. - Amazon. com Review Description
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University of Hawaii Press
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Late 1930s Beijing
This novel provides a vivid description of the hardships of life in Beijing in the late 1930s. The main character wants to be an independent, wealthy man by having his own rickshaw. But he is faced with overwhelming defeats and he ultimately falls into despair. Not a cheerful book!