Ready to enjoy an amazing read this 2020? Take a look at this great book…

Two Lives by A Yi

Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Source: Random Things Tours
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About The Book

Seven stories, seven whispers into the ears of life: A Yi’s unexpected twists of crime burst from the everyday, with glimpses of romance distorted by the weaknesses of human motive. A Yi employs his forensic skills to offeraseries of portraits of modern life, both uniquely Chinese,and universal in their themes.


My Thoughts

Reading short stories is not always easy, you never know if you’ll like or hate them, but this is the interesting part too, don’t you think?
Starting to read a short story means that there’s no beginning or end, simply a fraction of what could be or had been. It’s like opening a present, you don’t know who is it from or if you will like or hate it, you have to open it to discover what’s inside!
This is a book of crime/murder stories, some dark and twisted, yes, but you’ll be surprised by them; maybe in a good or bad way, but the stories are original and I am sure that they will let you see a different sight of the Chinese culture.
I am discovering lately that each culture has their own way to describe the ambience and characters, and let’s say that Chinese are quite detailed in the gore situations. This makes the book more interesting since it enhances the need to discover more hints of the culture and their special way to see the world.
This is not a happy book, is a book about murder and death, it leaves a pain and strong emotion after reading each story, making you re-read some fragments to fully understand the power of them. Don’t read it in one sit, let the stories grip and scare you, but be prepared for some interesting nightmares today…
Ready for Two Lives?

About the Book

A Yi (author) is acelebrated Chinese writer living in Beijing.
He worked as a police officer before becoming editor-in-chief of Chutzpah,an avant garde literary magazine. He is the author of several collections of short stories and has published fiction in Grantaand the Guardian. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the People’s Literature Top 20Literary Giants of the Future. A Perfect Crime, his first book in English was published by Oneworld in 2015. He is noted for his unsentimental worldview,and challenging literary style.