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An Excess Male: A Novel por Maggie Shen King
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An Excess Male: A Novel (original 2017; edición 2017)

por Maggie Shen King (Autor)

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Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son. Now 40 million of them can't find wives. China's One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man's quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritatian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband-the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family-one harboring an illegal spouse-shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything-walls, streetlights, garbage cans-are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear. In Maggie Shen King's startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all too plausible future.… (más)
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Título:An Excess Male: A Novel
Autores:Maggie Shen King (Autor)
Info:Harper Voyager (2017), 417 pages
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I read this one because of a review that recommended it for how it deals with notions of gender and relationships. This was a ride.
I'm not sure how I feel about it. I was hooked to the story and the characters without doubt, but I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the way that all of the characters were dealing with the strains of a society not built to support them, or maybe it was the practical, but romantic in its own worldview plot-line. I really don't know.
What I do know is that this story is going to linger with me, and would probably make some people think about things that they don't normally about family and relationship structures. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
Near future dystopian vision of a scenario that could play out with the gender imbalance present in China (and potentially other countries). Disturbingly believable in places. ( )
  brakketh | Mar 8, 2020 |
This book has some of my favorite things, realistic, flawed but still likable characters, complex relationship dynamics, and characters engaged in small acts of resistance. I really enjoyed it. It started out a bit slow, but once the plot kicks in it became really hard to put down. It presents a interesting and unique take on a dystopian novel. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the dystopia genre. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Nov 19, 2019 |
I fully expected this book to be grim, sad, and terrifying, much like The Handmaid's tale, which the Goodreads description compares it to. Instead (and no offense to Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is genius), within the pages of this book I found an incredibly readable, human, and compassionate tale about a group of people struggling to live in an authoritarian, repressive society. I think the biggest difference between this and The Handmaid's tale is An Excess Male's continued focus on the ways that its characters are still human, and are still trying to do the best that they can for each other in terrible circumstances, even when the hurts, rules, and prohibitions that their society has left them with make it hard, or even impossible. There are villains here, assuredly, and the situation is grim. But the sweetness of the core family of protagonists more than makes up for it. You can't help but feel hopeful when good people continue to be good even in the most horrible of circumstances

Definitely go check this book out if you want something that manages to ask some hard questions while also centering good people. ( )
  VLarkinAnderson | Sep 24, 2018 |
In near-future China, the surfeit of males has led the government to an ingenious solution for social stability: polyandry to stabilize as many men as possible, and a military-light preparedness preoccupation to occupy the rest. Core to being a good member of Chinese society now is men's deep love for their husbands, polyamorous child-raising, and families' wooing of each other to find their sons a mate. The book also incorporates literary reflections on autism, male homosexuals, security, and authoritarianism.

This is a fast and engaging read, featuring a phenomenal setting that raises core questions and extremely loveable characters. The plot is by far the weakest part, being mostly there to allow the author to explore the world and characters. The book also felt a bit propagandist against China -- or at least very explicit in its messaging (perhaps connected to the author's Taiwanese heritage?). Overall, I found the book unputdownable and representative of the very best contemporary speculative fiction. ( )
  pammab | Jun 9, 2018 |
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Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son. Now 40 million of them can't find wives. China's One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man's quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritatian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband-the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family-one harboring an illegal spouse-shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything-walls, streetlights, garbage cans-are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear. In Maggie Shen King's startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all too plausible future.

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