1 Minute Reviews · Bailey's Prize Longlist 2017 · books · Fiction

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien | 1 Minute Reviews

To call Do Not Say We Have Nothing an epic is to underestimate the novel before you. I spent a month poring over this book, and it was such an enjoyable experience.

Thien weaves a story of China’s revolution through generations of one family, punctuated by the tales of the Book of Records, a novel told through many notebooks and revisions, their prized possession. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is thick with music, large and small rebellions, poetry and love.

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While it didn’t win the Man Booker, it stands up as an important retelling of China under Mau and an ode to the arts.

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Thank you ever so much to Granta Books for sending me this copy to read. It has been such an experience.

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