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Butterfly tears : stories

by Zoë S Roy

  Print book : Fiction

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Butterfly Tears    (2010-08-27)

Excellent

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by zhuoya

As I’m getting deeper and deeper into Zoe Roy’s Butterfly tears, I feel that various scenes of the old society are unfolded in front of me. Out of these short stories I’m deeply impressed with two stories, “Frog Fishing” and “Ten Yuan”. I have discovered that both stories deal with people spying on and reporting each other, but both end up failing. In “Frog Fishing”, Baton report to the principal Long Face that Jade and Lotus verbally attack the Communist Party’s central leaders. Eventually Jade and Lotus get themselves out of trouble by arguing back and brilliantly quoting what Chairman Mao said. In “Ten Yuan”, Flower Geek reported Tea Ma for commenting that steamed buns taste sour like human flesh, although Tea Ma is just making a joke. The sector leader takes it as an intention of blackening their socialistic society. In the end Tea Ma is not put behind bars but suspended from work for several days. He is also ordered to write a self-criticism report.

 While reading these, things kept vividly displaying in front of my eyes. I could see there is no trust, no freedom in the society that is being described in the book. People choose to spy on and report each other to get themselves promoted. No one dares to say truth because everyone around is watching. Such a twisted society implicitly reveals the dark side of human beings: being selfish, cheating, spying, trampling on others to gain promotion and so on. Shock and depression are surrounding me at this moment. I can hardly imagine how much hope they can foresee during that turbulent era. I believe some message is being passed on through this book to tell people to avoid making the same mistake as yesterday. Luckily such turbulent era has faded away and hopefully it will never repeat.  




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