Rites is a realistic depiction of China's rural life in the second half of the
twentieth century,and epitomises a generation of farmers to struggle for
survival and fate.It takes the author Xuemo twenty years to write this novel.
are no great figures in this book.What touches people most are those scenes
that depict little details in daily life.and those parts about the struggle of
soul that each life goes through when confronted with sufferings from reality.
The whole book was written in a Tolstoy-like style,Focusing on vividly
depicting the characters’ psychological life.It faithfully chronicled a
reforming era and one year’s life of a farmer family in western China.For
example, faced with life’s harship,faced with love that is unlikely to come to
fruition,Lingguang, the hero of the book, witnessed a family’s history of
suffering,and witnessed the souls of a Generation who were inhopeless silence
and helpless struggle on the land of western China.
under the helpless trace,Lingguang chose to leave his hometown,heading towards
the solitude in mind that no one ever know.The whole novel portrays human
nature in ordinary life, and is a representative work of realism in
contemporary Chinese literature that faithfully records the customs and
cultures of western China.
2016,the prominent translator Howard Goldblatt and his wife Sylvia Li-chun Lin
completed the English translation of the novel.
till now,in China,five different publishers have published different versions of
Desert Rites. The following people will like this book:Those who want to know
what the society and people’s life were actually like in 1970s China,and those
who want to break the “magical spell” of life to elevate their life to a higher