Meng Xian grows up in a remote Chinese village where his family has lived for sixteen generations with one male in each generation. He escapes the village riding the crest of an auspicious change of political tides at the end of the Cultural Revolution, abandons his obscure family heritage that spans 2600 years, produces a daughter that effectively ends the Meng genealogy in the time of the strict one-child policy, and leaves behind a path of destruction. In the precarious days after the Tiananmen Square Massacre he comes to the United States a wreckage of a man, tormented by guilt and bewildered by his sudden freedom. As he overcomes the hardships of a new immigrant, embraces and betrays love and battles evil inside and out, he searches unceasingly for a purpose that is higher than survival and pleasure. What he comes to in the end is both conclusive and unsettling, mirroring mankind’s larger struggle today. BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE RAT delves into science, history, philosophy and religion, mixes Irving-like drama with Naipaul-like musings, and strives to be sincere, accurate and humorous. Alongside the serious exploration of life’s meaning is simply a funny and poignant story about a man who leaves his home and his heritage to discover himself. This novel should appeal both to readers who love a good story and to those who enjoy new insights.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 368 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.83 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1478234245