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Rickshaw Boy

Rickshaw Boy

Author(s): Lao She

Location(s): Beijing (Peking)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): early 20th century

First published in China in 1937, Rickshaw Boy is the story of Xiangzi, an honest and serious country boy who works as a rickshaw puller in Beijing. A man of simple needs whose greatest ambition is to one day own his own rickshaw, Xiangzi is nonetheless thwarted, time and again, in his attempts to improve his lot in life.

One of the most important and popular works of twentieth-century Chinese literature, Rickshaw Boy is an unflinchingly honest, darkly comic look at a life on the margins of society and a searing indictment of the philosophy of individualism.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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