Something Like A House
Publisher:Picador ISBN:9780330480871 Published Date:11th January 2002 Dimensions:128 X 194 X 20 mm Weight:0.1407 kilograms Pages:240 Binding:Paperback Condition:New
Short DescriptionThe winner of the 2001 Whitbread First Novel Award, this is an extraordinary story of an unknown China.
This is Jim Fraser's story: an incredible, often chilling account of his life as an army deserter living through the terrible upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, when China descended into a moral and physical chaos so extreme that cannibalism became, for some, the only way of survival. Unable to speak the language and totally ignorant of local customs, Jim Fraser makes his home in a community so isolated that even the Cultural Revolution impinges little on the ways of the villagers. Except that the village's very isolation has made it the perfect location for experiments of sheer, indescribable terror . . .
'I suspect this book will be compared with Robinson Crusoe (the outsider building his own abode) and Lord of the Flies (the long-term effects of context on individual mortality). It is a profound and sophisticated work of fiction' Observer