Soul Mountain. Gao Xingjian, Author, Xingjian Gao, Author, Mabel Lee, Translator HarperCollins Publishers $27 (p) ISBN Soul Mountain [Gao Xingjian, Mabel Lee] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter. Editorial Reviews. Review. As one of Gao Xingjian’s characters remarks, if a fiction writer could know the true stories of the people he passes on .
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I give it a moutnain review for its moments of transendance, even though those come at the expense of long stretches of detachment. Maybe I’m an idiot and that is quit possible the book made absolutly no sense. Gao seeks the dying embers of tradition, seeks out monks, folk song singers, finds shelter in peasant beds and knows it is all in the pursuit of progress.
View all 11 comments. Too, some theorists suggest that the preponderance of mountain backgrounds a picture with river running through it, a path to the distance, grassland excites our primordial response for settling, for home. In almost every chapter, the topic, environment, and speaker switch off.
Dec 10, Corinne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nobelist Xingjian’s most famous novel is about him trying to decipher the meaning of his existence while on a literal fictitious?
In a review published inafter Gao’s Nobel win, The New York Times said “His 81 chapters are an often bewildering and considerably uneven congeries of forms: And yet his words will endure. It is gorgeously told, beautiful in its elegant simplicity, and makes for fascinating food for thought, but ultimatey it is a collection of thoughts that could only really make sense that the man himself. Publisher’s Weekly called it Gao’s “largest and perhaps most personal work”.
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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. After making some detours you will understand in your heart? None of them made me so viscerally part of their story.
Read reviews that mention soul mountain nobel prize gao xingjian lung cancer folk xlngjian mabel lee chinese writers main character cultural revolution well known diagnosed with lung must admit wrongly diagnosed bus stop reading this book along the way prize for literature diagnosis of lung last year read this book. He meets many peasants and ecologists, most of whom are hospitable. For example, there are countless references to horrible crimes against women, including a lot of rape, that do not seem to do much in the way of raising the mouhtain of the author but ixngjian instead presented as some immutable law of the universe.
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His treatment of women is also off somehow. And then it wound up to be an inspirational and impressive read after all. We cannot go high enough to rise above it, to see all. Perhaps if I was more familiar with the history of China and the culture I may have enjoyed the book.
The Feast of the Goat: It didn’t reach me.
It is therefore surprising to me that so many Western readers are able to enjoy this remarkable piece of literature. See all 93 reviews.
Oh, it wasn’t a foreclosure. There is no consistency in the book… unless you count this inconsistency as consistency.
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Gao skirts at the edges of them, frustrating our expectations. At that time sokl friend told him about respiratory practices Qi Qong that could help him. Views Read Edit View history.
Couldn’t make it through the entire 3. It’s long and dense osul packed with ideas, characters, gorgeous imagery. Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather: Li’s trip is a voyage to return to Nature, to have an authentic life; he should have abandoned pollution a long time ago.