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The Man with the Compound Eyes - by Wu Ming-Yi (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Wu Ming-Yi

Language: English

TCIN: 16761508
UPC: 9780345802880
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-8582


"Brilliant. . . . A haunting and evocative tale, beautifully told." --Hugh Howey, author of Wool

"We haven't read anything like this novel. Ever. South America gave us magical realism--what is Taiwan giving us? A new way of telling our new reality, beautiful, entertaining, frightening, preposterous, true. . . . Wu Ming-Yi treats human vulnerability and the world's vulnerability with fearless tenderness." --Ursula K. Le Guin

"A striking book. . . . It is science fiction . . . in the way that the best Margaret Atwood books are science fiction. . . . I couldn't put it down." --Jason Sheehan, NPR

"Lyrical, haunting. . . . A heady mix of science fiction, fantasy, environmental fable and magical realism, the author had to create a genre entirely new for this singular, captivating book." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Astonishing. . . . A wonderful novel." --The Independent (London)

"An earnest, politically conscious novel, anchored in ecological concerns and Taiwanese identity. . . . Beyond the book's ecological and scientific attributes, you can see a deft novelist's hand at work." --Tash Aw, The Guardian (London)

"Imaginative and moving." --Financial Times

"[Ming-Yi is] reminiscent of Haruki Murakami, twisting the dreamlike into the curiously credible." --Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Rich, dense and dripping with life. The book sings in the key of fable, but with the timbre of reality." --Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Fictional Universe

"An entrancing, multi-faceted elegy. . . . [Ming-Yi writes with] a poet's approach. . . . Full of painful, wonderful beauty." --The Rumpus

"Beautifully written and beautifully translated. . . . [Ming-Yi] guides us to see the entirety of experience as bumping flotsam in an unending ocean of life colliding and making a mess of things or making something new. . . . Lyric, simple, soft, the story crests and recedes and comes back again." --The Bloomington Sun-Current

"[Ming-Yi's] rollercoaster of a story is about wilderness, wildness, wonderment, love. . . . [The Man with the Compound Eyes includes] perhaps the best writing to ever come out of a Taiwan novel." --Taipei Times

"A gift. . . . Ming-Yi is a naturalist as well as a storyteller, and it is perhaps his greatest achievement that this novel creates a sense of solidarity not only between his human characters, but also between [the] humans and the animals and plants he describes with such fidelity." --FullStop

"Offering a heady dose of realism, surrealism, and magic realism, with several shots of allegory, award-winning Chinese author Wu [Ming-Yi] offers a work for 'literary fiction' readers, but not in the snobbish sense. It's really for any curious, intelligent reader." --Library Journal (starred review)

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