Wolf Totem: A Novel
It is the final 1960s heyday for the people of the Inner Mongolian grasslands—a time when an age-old balance based on culture and tradition was maintained between the nomads, their livestock, and the wild wolves who roamed the plains.
Beijing intellectual Chen Zhen volunteers to live in a remote nomadic settlement on the border of Inner and Outer Mongolia. There, he discovers life of apparent idyllic simplicity based on an eternal struggle between the wolves and the humans in their fight to survive. Chen learns about the rich spiritual relationship, and respect that only equals can feel, that exists between these adversaries.
After many years spent living in solitude, Chen's peace of mind is shattered with the arrival of his kinfolk—Han Chinese, sent from the cities to bring modernity and productivity to the remote grasslands. Once the careful balance between the wolves and humans is disrupted, however, culture and tradition are damaged, and the environment suffers.
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But this story is something different - the young s... ...more
From the very first page I was hooked. Jiang Rong creates such a vivid and compelling narrative that... ...more
Chafing at custom's chain;
Again from its brumal sleep
Wakens the ferine strain."
The Wolf Totem, like The Call of the Wild, a book that it is often compared to, calls for a return to unfettered nature, with its individualism and harsh, but utterly logical values. The wolv... ...more
I read the Chinese edition (original) of this novel and posted my review on June 18, 2008 on Asia Sentinel's website. I'm re-posting it here.
Before dwelling on the good points, let me just quickly point out the one thing that I found hardest to accept, and that is the author’s tendency to explain... ...more
لا أبالغ إن قلت أن تجربتي مع سهوب منغوليا في هذا الكتاب تحمل ملامح كبير من تجربت... ...more
Wolf Totem was a massive best seller here in 2005; despite being somewhat literary it broke every sales record the country has, short of Mao's little red book. It was also made into a movie that did equally well. I decided to chec... ...more
I had to repeate... ...more
الذئب العدو الذي ستجبرك الرواية على حبه .. والإنسان الحليف الذي تجبرك على كرهه
فائدتان رئيسيتان : الصين حاولت إجبار ك... ...more