By Kate Rockland
A smartly-written novel of 2 girls beginning at contrary ends of the scale--and discovering compromise and friendship of their trip in the direction of a hundred and fifty pounds
In the quick paced lifetime of running a blog, girls stand out: Alexis Allbright, of thin Chick, and Shoshana Weiner, who writes fats and superb. either have over 5 million unswerving readers. either are hungry for fulfillment. however the similarities cease there.
With over a hundred kilos at the scale isolating them, weight isn't their in basic terms distinction. Alexis is a loner who's so bitchy the one one that can stand her corporation is her homosexual ally Billy. She provides neurotic New Yorkers a run for his or her funds along with her strict day-by-day exercise routine regimen, and weighing of nutrition. Shoshana is Alexis’s contrary. residing in Jersey with rowdy roommates, she is an individual who “collects friends,” as her mom places it; and treasures a lifetime of increasing circles...and waistlines.
When either seem as panelists on a well-liked speak express, their lives intersect in methods neither may have imagined. In turns comedic, heartwarming--and usual to any lady who's ever stepped on a scale--Alexis and Shoshana become aware of they've got way more in universal than both can have most likely imagined, and extra importantly, anything to supply.
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But despite such historical precedents, the Cultural Revolution, particularly at its beginning stage, ambitiously presented itself as the summa of all the previous revolutions in world history. It thus endowed China with the power of hijacking world history in the name of “world revolution,” with the revolutionary Chinese youth—the Red Guards—as legitimate agents carrying out this task under the command of the great helmsman, Chairman Mao. Duo Duo ● 21 This radically utopian vision was evinced, most typically, in the poetry of the Red Guards themselves during the 1966–68 peak period of the Cultural Revolution: We are the faithful Red Guards of Chairman Mao!
Yet there is a more daring reading of this disjunction. Can the “She,” the poetry that Duo Duo is making after Tsvetaeva, also symbolize the stagnant and spiteful condition that China as a nation suffered during the waning stages of the Cultural Revolution, as well as the more general fate that modern China has suffered in spite of its successive revolutions? If we read the poem in this sense, the degeneration of youth and poetry coincides with— instead of contradicting—what has happened to China as a nation versus the world.
It would be certainly wrong to say that it is entirely counterrevolutionary. In fact the poem narrates the revolution in a very sympathetic and understanding tone. For example, by viewing the revolution as a revenge against “the whole world blessed by God,” Duo Duo seems to imply that the Russian Revolution was actually a (il)legtimate experiment in competing with the West by taking a different historical course. It is against this background that Duo Duo gives a concentrated description of Tsvetaeva’s personal tragedy in the second half of part B: Still noble, still sorrowful Marina Tsvetaeva Was seeing off the chariot of youth Duo Duo ● 43 While begging with indifferent expression In a Bolshevik spring She is holding the flower basket made by her daughter This is Tsvetaeva Who died in poverty and chastity (…) Leaving behind her proud heartbreaking verses Like love, like disciples Wandering on the Kremlin Square in solitude Around which the white snow wall of Communism has been silently erected If in part A there is a certain sympathy of tone toward the revolution, and even a kind of emotional identification of himself with “This stubborn baby in a pool of blood,” in parts B and C, Duo Duo shifts his perspective and sides with those who fell victim to the revolution as single individuals.
150 Pounds: A Novel of Waists and Measures by Kate Rockland