The Stolen Bicycle

by Ming-Yi Wu

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Translated Fiction Family Drama Historical fiction Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Stolen Bicycle

November 2017 Book of the Month

A beautifully written, rather special novel, detailing the highly personal journey of a family through turbulent times in Taiwan’s history. A stolen bicycle sits centre stage in this story, in fact the bicycles of Taiwan are hugely important, which sounds rather quirky, but as I read, the more I understood, and it felt… just right. The first few sentences spoke to me, the beauty of the thoughts and the description immediately shone through, by the end of the first chapter though, a chill settled over me. I felt as though I was wandering through a mind of treasured memories, some harsh, upsetting, others light as a breeze. Wu Ming-Yi is an award winning novelist, and I can see why for this is a story that meanders, transporting you through time and place.  He quite literally paints with words. The translation is seamless, I felt connected, yet completely aware of the differences in front of me. ‘The Stolen Bicycle’ is an intimate tale that sweeps through history, it’s a truly fascinating, unusual read that I adored - highly recommended. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Stolen Bicycle Synopsis

A writer embarks on an epic quest in search of his missing father’s stolen bicycle and soon finds himself caught up in the strangely intertwined stories of Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, the soldiers who fought in the jungles of South-East Asia during the Second World War and the secret worlds of the butterfly handicraft makers and antique bicycle fanatics of Taiwan.

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What To Read After The Stolen Bicycle

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Ming-Yi Wu Press Reviews

Praise for The Man with the Compound Eyes;  

'Brilliant…A haunting and evocative tale, beautifully told.’   Hugh Howey

‘We haven’t read anything like this novel. Ever. South America gave us magical realism—what is Taiwan giving us? A new way of telling our new reality, beautiful, entertaining, frightening, preposterous, true…Wu Ming-Yi treats human vulnerability and the world’s vulnerability with fearless tenderness.’   Ursula K. Le Guin

'Imaginative and moving.’   Financial Times  

‘[Ming-Yi is] reminiscent of Haruki Murakami, twisting the dreamlike into the curiously credible.’    Times Literary Supplement (London)

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ISBN: 9781911231158
Publication date: 26/10/2017
Format: Paperback

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