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Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

Updated: 2012-12-10 10:43
(China Daily)

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh is a book written by Mo Yan (Jul 16, 2003).

This book is a collection of eight of Mo Yan's abrasive and imaginative stories written in the 1980s and '90s.

The well-received title piece tells a story of old Ding, a factory worker laid off one month before retirement.

After considering every possible option, he decides to take an entrepreneurial approach and converts an abandoned bus into a "love cottage", which he rents to couples in need of privacy.

In this way, he unexpectedly achieves prosperity but his life becomes more complicated.

Publishers Weekly says it is, "more like a random buffet than a carefully planned meal".

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