The Song of Everlasting Sorrow follows the adventures of Wang Qiyao, a girl born of the crowded, labyrinthine alleys of Shanghai's working-class neighborhoods. Infatuated with the glitz and glamour of 1940s Hollywood, Wang Qiyao seeks fame in the Miss Shanghai beauty pageant, and this fleeting moment of stardom becomes the pinnacle of her life. After the Communist victory, Wang Qiyao continues to indulge in the decadent pleasures of the Shanghai bourgeoisie, secretly playing mahjong during the antirightist campaign and exchanging lovers on the eve of the Cultural Revolution. She reemerges in the 1980s as a purveyor of qold Shanghai, q only to become embroiled in a tragedy that echoes the Hollywood noirs of her youth.With neither mother nor father, nor any livelihood, he buzzed around all day long like a headless fly, an ingratiating smile on his face ... Emerging at last into the street, he was annoyed that his bicycle refused to budge, un- til he realized he had forgotten to undo the lock. ... For several days on end he visited Peace Lane twice a dayamorning and nightabut he never ran part ii /221 34627_ch01.221- 330.pdf.
|Title||:||The Song of Everlasting Sorrow|
|Publisher||:||Columbia University Press - 2009-12-01|