Thu 5 Dec 2013
Newspaper reporter Lu Yanxia
The 76 year old Jiang Shumei has a nickname on the Internet, called “the legend of grandma”. Speaking of her life is indeed some legends: at the age of 60 began to read it, began to learn writing at the age of 75, to this year I wrote a 10 word works “chaos, poor time”. This is almost as big vernacular amusing book, personal perspective to witness China nearly a hundred years of history, not only by the netizens Repeng, also won the praise of experts and scholars. Jiang Shumei fans call themselves “Ginger”, “the legend,” grandma “mention shredded ginger” say: “this is not just the worthiness of the story, is an inspirational legend.”
60 years old start copy home literacy
“Out of time, poor time” on the cover, painted a plait son back cloth girl, living is Jiang Shumei child’s image. Jiang Shumei was born in 1937 in Shandong province Juye County, in 1960 moved to Anda City in Heilongjiang province. Like many rural old lady, all her life she ate a lot of suffering, suffering life experience into easy text, it was because of her daughter.
In 1996, Jiang Shumei’s husband died in a car accident, her daughter Ai Ling afraid mother a person too painful, think the way to her. Ai Ling is a writer, she gradually discovered, mother’s biggest fun is to tell the story, but also always wants her daughter to write these stories. If you heard that her daughter has not started, Jiang Shumei will be very disappointed. So, you Ai Ling said to her: “you write your own.” Jiang Shumei said: “I do not write the name.”
For Jiang Shumei, the story’s charm is too large, in 1997, at the age of 60, she decided to start learning to read. Her learning process from writing began, “I beg to write in another paper, I again think it over and over, write well, I’ll copy. The letter I wrote half a month.” That year, she wrote two letters.
Jiang Shumei said, she is learning to write is not the East West a school, but to find a trick — Coding and allegro. “I made a very long Allegro, let my grandson down, want to learn to read without ask others, a word to read, read it again a word a word to write.” See the billboard, TV did not know a word, she would always ask to others.
Round RingFor several months, Jiang Shumei can read a book. “The first time I read the book with pictures of the kids are all books, then I will read fairy tales, fairy tale” is “Green” one thousand one night “.” She likes most is Qiao Ye ‘novel “the slowest is alive”, because the book is old familiar life. “The little girl was written too good, really fine details, so it is.” She said to her daughter.
The 75 year old writing from the beginning of the three five lines
Jiang Shumei really writing, happened in 2012. Ai Ling advised her: “you have a stomach, stories, don’t write too has been a pity.” Jiang Shumei’s head: “I can deal with the read a book, we thank one’s stars. Many educated people can’t write, I which can learn?” A talk not, two times to persuade not, but the third time, Ai Ling felt a small fire in the mother heart burning up.
At the beginning, Jiang Shumei one day can write three five lines. “Every day my daughter boast, say my progress, to the end of last June, she said you can write, want to write what to write what.” But at that time, Jiang Shumei was a little stimulation. She wanted to write to tell his brother. “My brother is a civilized people, never laugh, laugh, laugh for a moment, you write about it, write it.” Jiang Shumei said.
This time, Jiang Shumei really want to write, she will start calling her “teacher”. Soon, the teacher received the first essay, students no title, no end, no punctuation, word askew lying on the paper, let a person see little. But the teacher still patiently encourages her: “I saw the story in between the lines, to see a very good story in detail.”
The teacher help students, old people could tell the story to carry a conversation about, but really want to write the story won’t say, “now you tell the story is not told me, to speak to a person who they had never met, must from A to Z to tell you.” Then turn in homework, although still not segment, no punctuation, but the teacher found the precious place in the exercise: “have their own breathing the characters, especially about the suffering of the kind of calm, I can not do.”
At the age of 76, second works have begun
Jiang Shumei did not think of, their homework fire on the internet. “I wrote an article, the teacher will help me on an article, posted on the blog, wrote my name, teacher and I said, a lot of people like to see my Vernacular Stories, they finished, leave a message on the teacher’s blog. I’m not Pinyin, don’t look up the dictionary, can’t use a computer, the teacher gave me to read the message, they say is so good.”
Netizens like breath Jiang Shumei text in the soil. In the article, she recorded the foot binding, widowed, knelt door old rural custom, depicting the different times of life, also with different taste like a locust leaves, mulberry leaves, the leaves of Ailanthus altissima, elm leaves. Her language is no prostitute, with the flavor of life, she said, the old man’s speech, “ran slowly nipped by the wolf, run out the wolf”, “nothing to hide things, things came to a head is not afraid of it”. Netizens commented, he looked at these simple words, crying.
Ai Ling and the mother’s recommended articles to read “library” through a friend, did not expect not only articles published, also received 3000 yuan of money, Jiang Shumei pleased to night didn’t sleep a wink. Ai Ling said: “look, someone is sure to give you the book.” Jiang Shumei is OK with playing cards into several times, it is not smooth, she felt that her teacher was not said. Who knows after a few days, also really a book editor searchs come to come, to discuss a matter.
The first time I saw my own book, Jiang Shumei excitedly: “I first read after read, cover it, paper or a book, very beautiful. Never thought, I this life can book.”
This book is famous. Critic Jie Xizhang said: “most of our history is the official record, people write their own history rarely, but everyone can write, said his thoughts had written down is writing.” He thinks, Jiang Shumei give us a revelation, is that everyone can pick up the pen to write history, writing his family history, write your own experience.Rebar Anchor
The great Jiang Shumei is higher. At present, she has invested second works. Therefore, she also made a special trip back home in Shandong, interviews of my hometown, home to about people and things. Now, this book has written 8 words.
■ Anjia that local rules, there are rules do. Mother had told me: “the little girl can’t laugh, say not dew lip laugh not grinningly.”
■ come back from Ji’nan, and I speak a word’s son, also do the girl rules: “a learning to walk quietly, two cut dresses, observe the College of Wang Sanjie, four, the Li Sanniang mill.”
■ at that time, two people registered have a say don’t agree, registration is not there, I said “Deng fork”. Who the girl registration fork, lost family, then to find a husband is not easy.
■ son eat egg. I didn’t chicken, on the base of the four coop, covered with dry grass nest, and others to egg shell, made four lead egg. Institute of chicken to lay something neighbors in the nest, I have to catch, mother-in-law chicken, I do not drive, the day has a chicken eggs. Five or six days later, six chickens, my mother-in-law all come here to lay eggs.
Two years ago, I admitted, three sons: “when the power?”
A time to say the fat little’s most powerful, said one at the age of thirty the most powerful, a full most of the time.
I told them: “when the poor people the most.”AOP Group