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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

What is the most violent thing ever done? In Chloe Gong’s “These Violent Delights,” a young woman in the city of Shanghai leads her friends to an overnight house party where she murders two people. The novel was initially published as a short story in the New Yorker and later adapted into a movie. It tells the story of how this 18-year-old girl’s life spirals out of control after the police kill her father. The book takes place during China’s disappearances when people are taken from their homes without explanation or knowledge of what happened to them. If you’re looking for a thrilling read that will keep you guessing, “These Violent Delights” is one of your best bets. It frames the girl’s life as a callous criminal and a choice between starvation or damnation. 

Introduction to “These Violent Delights”

This novel tells the story of 18-year-old Juliette Cai, trying to use her summer vacation before she starts college. Juliette Cai and her friends decide to throw an overnight house party. On the night of the party, Juliette Cai murders two people in a fit of rage. Gong said that “These Violent Delights” was originally published as a short story in the New Yorker because she didn’t want to publish it as a full novel. If you’re looking for a thriller with suspenseful action and twists, “These Violent Delights” is perfect for you! Chloe Gong’s “These Violent Delights” is one of the most recent novels to become adapted into a movie. It tells the story of a girl who leads her friends to an overnight house party where she murders two people in cold blood. 

Characters

The main character in the book is 18-year-old Juliette Cai. She’s a rebellious teenager who goes on a house party with her friends, indulging in drugs and alcohol and getting into various arguments with her friends. The party started as one of their usual nights drinking at home, but it turned violent. So, when she convinces two of her friends to come over for an overnight house party, she makes sure to bring plenty of booze and drugs to make the night even more enjoyable. This leads to an incident where Juliette Cai kills two people with a kitchen knife.

“These Violent Delights” is told from the point-of-view of Juliette Cai’s lead defense attorney, Hua Cuoqiang, which makes for an intriguing perspective on the case because he knows exactly what went down inside Juliette Cai’s mind. While this novel centers around Juliette Cai’s life, many other characters are introduced throughout the story. One of the most interesting characters introduced is Roma Montagov, who is the primary member of an opponent gang and a mortal enemy of Juliette Cai. But with the tragedy, he becomes a close friend of Juliette Cai after encountering various paths of mystery.

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