Big Breasts & Wide Hips: A Novel - Mo Yan I loved the homage to the female- mother, nurturer, life giver, sacrificial lamb. Yan is brilliant in his use of allegories in the tale of the Shangguan family (specifically Mother and Jintong) from a China (Motherland) violated by war, suffering famine, poverty and "imprisonment" behind the bamboo curtains of the Cultural Revolution, to her eventual Reform and Awakening.