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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af C Pam Zhang (Forfatter)

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Set during the Gold Rush, in a re-imagined American West, Lucy and Sam, twelve and eleven, are newly orphaned siblings. With their father's body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial. The siblings must battle with their own memories, the illusion of the American Dream and each other. HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD is an epic debut novel about family and the search for both a home and a fortune.… (mere)
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Titel:How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel
Forfattere:C Pam Zhang (Forfatter)
Info:Riverhead Books (2021), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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How Much of These Hills Is Gold af C Pam Zhang

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    På guldbjerget af Lisa See (MM_Jones)
    MM_Jones: Fiction and nonfiction descriptions of Chinese in California Gold Rush
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The genre of the Western has been around for ages, yet in both TV and books, Westerns focus almost exclusively on white characters. When people of color show up in Westerns, they're usually secondary characters. So it's refreshing to read a Western that focuses on Chinese characters.

Lucy and Sam are young teenagers when their parents both die. At the beginning of the book, all we know is that their parents are Chinese, and the siblings must find somewhere safe to live. The book unfolds slowly, eventually revealing details of their parents' lives as immigrants and gold prospectors, Lucy's experiences at school, and the deaths of their parents.

The book is told primarily from Lucy's point of view. Sam is an enigmatic and interesting character, both to Lucy and to the reader. Sam was born and raised as a girl, but upon their mother's death, started dressing and acting as a boy. The author carefully avoids using pronouns at all to talk about Sam. The bond between Lucy and Sam is very strong, and Lucy loves Sam no matter what Sam's gender presentation is, and never really questions it, knowing that Sam is going to do things Sam's way.

The characters are interesting, and the story is compelling, but the writing is uneven. There's a jarring section that is told by the ghost of their father - it seems like the author could have found a more graceful way to include the parents' backstory. The first few chapters have some incredibly disgusting details that also don't make much logistical sense (the siblings cut up their father's corpse and put it in a trunk, which they strap to the back of a horse, and the corpse rots and parts of it keep falling out of the trunk - there are so many things wrong with this that I don't know where to begin, but mostly I want to know what kind of trunk closes so badly that body parts can fall out of it).

Despite the uneven writing, this is a good story about the quest for a place to belong, and it's important to get another perspective on the experience of the Western. ( )
  Gwendydd | Nov 28, 2021 |
How much of this story is gold! Zhang uses a variety of narrative devices to help us through a maze of different points of view. In its struggle to survive multiple hardships, the modes she employs help us to understand the economic and racial challenges that the family faces on its journey through the Gold Rush. In addition, the two children that figure prominently struggle with identity issues and acceptance as they travel into adulthood. At times a read one must work at to understand, the book nevertheless has a certain grandeur and a splendid knack for creating myth out of the mundane.

"What she does to him is the only thing she has, and she won't give it away." Zhang does not give her story away either, but allows us to gradually absorb it. This is an epic tale. ( )
  dbsovereign | Oct 21, 2021 |
historical fiction (Chinese-American siblings fend for themselves after the death of their gold-prospecting father; LGBTQAI trans/non-binary gender interest)
Rich, lyrical prose and storytelling that sometimes drags in parts. I liked it, but felt it could've done with significant editing. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
As American of a story as there ever was, replete with that OG American Dream: striking it rich in the gold of the west. But more than finding gold, it's a novel about searching; sometimes it's a search for the right burial spot, sometimes for home (but what makes a home a home? our protagonists ask), and sometimes it's the search for yourself. And much like life, we're left with no conclusive ending to this story, except an acknowledgement that the search itself is on-going, and that, perhaps, is the point.

The highly stylized prose at times steps on its own feet and comes tumbling down these golden hills. This pulled me out of what would have been a compelling narrative on its own sans bells and whistles. ( )
1 stem darsaster | Jun 23, 2021 |
Grim and beautiful. I have never read a book like this before. This is Zhang's first novel?! ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
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In this outstanding debut, Zhang does more than just push against the cowboy narrative: She shoves it clear out of the way.....Misdirection abounds here, but the novel’s grave tone seldom wavers. Eleven and 12 years old, respectively, when the novel opens, sisters Sam and Lucy are 3½ years past the loss of their mother when their father, Ba, dies one night...If anything puts the cowboy narrative out to pasture in this novel, it’s Sam....
 
Sure to be the boldest debut of the year, How Much of These Hills Is Gold by American writer C Pam Zhang grapples with the legend of the wild west and mines brilliant new gems from a well-worn setting..The story is heavy with layers of trauma, starting with the grim humour of the children, Lucy and Sam, dragging around their own father’s rotting corpse... Through Zhang’s deep attention, the classic western is given a rich new shading as race, gender, sexual identity, poverty and pubescence come into play. The novel is thick with detail, metaphor and oblique allusion – so much so that the story has to fight through the language. But at its core is a chilling sense of the utter loneliness and isolation felt by Lucy and Sam.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold is an impressive debut. Though sometimes weighed down by the sheer heft of its language and atmospherics, it rewards patient reading. The prose carries an airless, uniquely pungent flavour. By the end, it has built into an epic, powerfully wrought journey, and it is refreshing to discover a new author of such grand scale, singular focus and blistering vision.
 
Like William Faulker's As I Lay Dying, C Pam Zhang's debut novel opens with a body in need of burying...Zhang's style can be densely, airlessly lovely. Self-conscious lyricism fills the page like all that California dust, sometimes making it hard to breathe....The novel also depends so heavily on foreshadowing that it feels like we might be in a de Chirico painting. For Zhang's characters, any good thing — a baby, a new friend, sudden money — spells disaster, a feature which drains suspense and makes it impossible to sustain any hope for them. To read this novel the way it wants to be read — earnestly, wholeheartedly — would be to be in a perpetual state of longing and disappointment...... With Zhang, we hear the shredders coming from miles away — and it's hard not to resent that emotional manipulation.

But Zhang also unspools sophisticated ideas about land, ownership, rootedness, and history.
 

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Set during the Gold Rush, in a re-imagined American West, Lucy and Sam, twelve and eleven, are newly orphaned siblings. With their father's body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial. The siblings must battle with their own memories, the illusion of the American Dream and each other. HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD is an epic debut novel about family and the search for both a home and a fortune.

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