Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Listen and Listen Good, by Marcia Biederman

A Chinese student in America copes with the death of her brother during the Tianamen Square Massacre. While having lunch, she overhears a conversation that spurs her to action; she can't do anything for her brother, but perhaps she can save other innocents. She does this even while she admits that her understanding of spoken English is poor.
The basics:
setting-- New York City
main character-- Fan, college-age student from China
conflict-- language barrier
best quote--(Fan) "Why do you care? It isn't your country." (Walter) "It's my people."

While this was an easy enough read, I thought that the author could have left a few elements out, or pared them down to much smaller bits so that other parts of the story could have been developed further, and made the flow less choppy. Not a bad read, but it didn't motivate me to look for her longer works, either.

Second story read for the 100 Shots of Short Reading Challenge, master post here

1 comment:

Marcia said...

Hi, Marina. It's nice to know that I'm still being read. Maybe the flow is a bit choppy; an editor once said that my writing was too pared-down, like a radio play. Interesting blog.