Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House first published Without Words in 1998. Revolving around the life of the female writer Wu Wei, it tells the story of the marriages of the protagonist and other generations of women in her family. It depicts the ups and downs of various people’s lives in the midst of social turmoil and is an invaluable record and retrospection of the vicissitudes that China has been through throughout the 20th century. The novel has manifested a clear stance on anti-gender discrimination by condemning male domination as the source of the sufferings brought to both mothers and daughters. Man’s evil doings are ruthlessly criticized. The stories of the three generations of women, Ye Lianzi, Wu Wei and Chanyue have shown that the author is a stanch ally of the female gender. In the final part of the novel, the author rested the hope of redressing the issue of gender inequality on the younger generation. Apart from taking a clear gender stance, this novel has a strong moral sense. It despises cunning and sophistication while extoling sincerity and innocence.
With its artistic use of language, ingenious design of plot, complex and life-like character portrayal in vast settings, this novel is like a grand symphony. Movement after movement, it makes impact on the reader’s minds, questions their soul and provokes them to think.