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苹果的滋味 ❴Read❵ ➭ 苹果的滋味 Author Huang Chunming – Thomashillier.co.uk From the preeminent writer of Taiwanese nativist fiction and the leading translator of Chinese literature come these poignant accounts of everyday life in rural and small town Taiwan Huang is freuentl From the preeminent writer of Taiwanese nativist fiction and the leading translator of Chinese literature come these poignant accounts of everyday life in rural and small town Taiwan Huang is freuently cited as one of the most original and gifted storytellers in the Chinese language and these selections reveal his geniusIn The Two Sign Painters TV reporters ambush two young workers from the country taking a break atop a twenty four story building His Son's Big Doll introduces the tortured soul inside a walking advertisement and in Xiaoi's Cap a dissatisfied pressure cooker salesman is fascinated by a young schoolgirlHuang's characters generally the uneducated and disadvantaged who must cope with assaults on their traditionalism hostility from their urban brethren and of course the debilitating effects of poverty come to life in all their human uniueness free from idealization.


About the Author: Huang Chunming

Huang Chunming 黃春明 also Hwang Chun ming; born February is a Taiwanese literary figure and teacher Huang writes mainly about the tragic and sometimes humorous lives of ordinary Taiwanese people and many of his short stories have been turned into films including The Sandwich Man from Wikipedia.



10 thoughts on “苹果的滋味

  1. Praj Praj says:

    It has been months since I put my pen to paper Words keep struggling against my emotions the range of my imagination jammed up in literary reflections As I sat with an open book in my lap Huang Chun ming’s characters gazing right back into my face I pondered on the thought of how human survival becomes magnified when human condition thrives at the lowest rung of the societal ladder Marginalised people forgotten lives overlooked by the socioeconomic indicators suffering at the hands of their affluent counterparts and their stories steeped in inherent universality hesitant in finding an ardent voice to uncover the social process of basic human survival conflicted in a world of contradiction and confliction “ Ah cang the next time you come home try to bring a fish back with you It’s not easy getting a saltwater fish up here on the mountain Bring a big one if you can”The cooked bonito wrapped in taro leaf swayed heartlessly into fragmented happy endings The saltwater fish fairly symbolizes the temporary victories harboured by a child on a threshold of youth only to mercilessly fade into a vague far fetched desire bearing harsh realities of trust and resentment Self doubt a sense of personal inadeuacies creeps through the rickety windows of paranoia A yearned escape from loneliness and fatigue seeks a satisfying reprieve in an infant’s smile A loving father on a verge of a mental breakdown dons his “sandwich man” costume for he has always been his son’s ‘big doll’ “Oh I’m Ah long’s big doll his big doll”Trepidations over birth control and poverty find a respite in the scaly outlines of ringworms patterned on infected bodies Minor events captured in everyday subsistence become majorly momentous in these impoverished lives The currency of luck shines in most dreadful ordeals A looming tragedy compensating a family’s fortune an unforeseen affluence now a commonplace in penurious existence is filled with a surge of anxiety and guilt over bewildering kismet The sour taste of the apples devoured with a demure crunch was sweetened with every bite as the thought of a luxury unknown heightened with the chorus of noisy munching Principles I’ve held on to tenaciously for many years and that have formed my uniue personality and temperament – are they to be cast aside now? Then why have them in the first place? It wouldn’t seem like the real me without them Caught up in an ambivalent world of mangled moralities a mask of pleasantries worn to handle two onerous affairs makes a young office employee uestion the value of adhered ideologies and the inevitability of primary survival The wounds of a tragic Japanese Chinese history 1930s conflicted with the provisional role of a “pimp” to entertain visiting Japanese businessmen a uest to move from the bitter past resulting in artful linguistic diplomacy and friendly sayonorazaijian greetings in a rapidly changing societal s Memories of the past are always fond ones and this was especially true for these men in their twilight years; only their past instilled a sense of prideWith the advent of modernisation and Pedi cabs the aging men of a rural village the gong beaters of a uaint town migrant workers and the unaltered rural landscapes all caught between the old and new are propelled into a state of hopelessness a feeling of invisibility blending into the inability to adapt to change The present seem to be crumbling into prospects of an innovative future overshadowing humble heritages and traditionalistic customs Amid the peals of laughter the drowning of an old cat demarcated the irreversible modernisation and a tale of stubbornness of a man and his rebellion A world of absurdities and turmoil is formed when two sign painters get entangled in the web of technology and media in metropolitan culture The beats of Han inzai’s gong succumbing to the monopoly of pedicabs a desperate man holding onto the last crumbs of his fading fortune seeks salvage in ghost stories and a group of vagrants for a momentary boost of a dignified life For when fortune goes missing from one’s life all a man has left are the remains of his reputation a final refuge to belong somewhere in this societal structure The concept of losses and gains and a lackadaisical attitude spun chronicles of two pressure cooker salesmen in a little coastal town The thin line between faith and deception uivering between courage and cowardice hurls unforeseen folds of events wrecking illusions of perfection The disfigurement of harsh reality lay bare underneath Xiaoi’s cap signalling underlying societal metaphors I figure that the hardest compromise to strike would be with myself for if I put a side my principles what would I have left?Huang Chun ming’s short stories penned in circa 1960 70s exclusively focuses on the intricacies of the then thriving Taiwanese society; its rural folk being the crucial element The so called “ordinary folk” a term I detest to use for these very people exhibit extraordinary grit of survival societal rejects who are witnesses to a hostile socio economic milieu coping with effects of illiteracy debilitating poverty migration to urban cities adherence to conformist dogmas muddled self worth modernisation and callousness of urban life Human existence at its most detrimental stage Nevertheless what is remarkable about these engaging stories is the array of characters that come alive through the subtle yet sincere prose narrating their uniue tales their robust presence felt throughout numerous incidents spanning across their lives from the countryside to the metropolitan cities Huang neither pities his characters nor want his readers to do the same In the despair of an obsolete existence what is desperately searched is wisdom and dignity a need to be acknowledged and cherished in a world where remorse overpowers elation where the reservations of the past are carried in a shaky present dreaming of an uncertain future and all a basic survival needs is a true sense of humanity


  2. Gina Gina says:

    Insightful moving short stories about the Taiwanese countryside and the people there Compassionate portraits of people struggling with poverty work pressures a changing economy national identity It gave me a little window into Taiwan and the experiences of the people there over the past several decades


  3. Facundo Martin Facundo Martin says:

    Written in the 60's and 70's in a ‘’nativist’’ style these short stories portray life in rural Taiwan with the encroachment of modernization I think I see some remnants of the background they’re set against in the small buses climbing their way uphill on the outskirts of Beitou in moon blocks clattering on temple floors or in the raucous Hokkien conversations of the elderly Colourful dragons perched on roof ridges and folk religion now serve as picturesue counterpoints to the towering modernity of Taipei 101 and the ingenuity of one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers but they used to play a central role in a society embarking on the path to development Huang populates this transitional world with characters that are poignant and humorous at times even grotesue and always very human and relatable whether they’re a boy pedaling a rickety bicycle up a mountain who fails to please his grandpa or a poverty stricken father struggling for the affection of his infant child All nine stories put together paint a composite picture of the island but my personal favourites were ‘’The Taste of Apples’’ in which an American military advisor changes the lives of a disadvantaged family and ‘’SayonaraZaijian’’ which features tensions with Japanese businessmen and an interpreter who steps out of line to teach a lesson or two For me visiting places is traveling in space only; reading literature is also traveling in time and gives me a better understanding of the country while living here Perhaps importantly literature appeals to the universal to the common emotions we all share underneath superficial differences that may seem unbreachable


  4. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    Huang Chun ming's lyrical tragic writing style poignantly captures the melancholy fragility and loss of the common people in the face of modernization and cultural transformation The characters are always well crafted After reading his short stories you get this heartache and the sense of inevitability Excellent selection


  5. !Tæmbuŝu !Tæmbuŝu says:

    KOBOBOOKS


  6. Rebecca Macneal Rebecca Macneal says:

    My first jaunt into Taiwanese literature these beautiful stories read like a photo album They gave me a colorful background to all the mysterious activities occurring around me in Taiwan


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