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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The women in Gao’s book are hard for the Westerners to relate. Xingjian’s preoccupation with himself reaches the point that when one character has the temerity to impose on his splendid isolation with a story of her own This was a difficult book to read. Over the years, reading all kinds of books by a wide range of different authors from all over the world, I asked myself that question quite often. It’s long and dense and packed with ideas, characters, gorgeous imagery.

It made me move into unknown territories, discovering elements of literature that enriched me in a surprising way, and it challenged my comfort zone by inviting me to embark on a spiritual journey in China. Along the way, I and You mourn the devastations of the Cultural Revolution, when thousands of monuments, temples, and graves were reduced to rubble. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? It is full of pertinent questions with valid points for introspective thought, but those thoughts are not organised into a fluid motion for the reader to properly enjoy.

Within this baggy structure, there are repeated memories of the horrors of the Cultural Revolution, episodes concerning “wild men” the Chinese equivalent of yetireflections on China’s environmental degradation and comments on old ruins. I read the book first in Chinese my first languagethen in English, and I think I can partially explain this contradiction.


Nonetheless, he emerged a changed man, and took off on a sort of vision quest across rural China to find himself. But “you” and “I” are part of the same person, the narrator, so he creates “he”.

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This was a difficult book to read. So, the story is told by “I” being the authorwho is cognizant of the need for companionship while traveling across China!

Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Apr 26, Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In Wuyi he meets a woman, who was staring at the mountains; but then she disappeared. Amici, potrei citare centinaia di bellissimi passaggi di questo straordinario libro, scritto con una ricercatezza poetica, piena di amore per la natura e per gli uomini Consequently, seeking can go on and perpetually strikes and surprise him and us.

The topic enables the mounatin to do some profound soul searching so I came away from the book mentally and spiritually richer. Moyntain I find his jumps from reality to fantasy, from the mystic mountain to the sizzling bedroom a bit disorienting. Sep 29, Dane Huckelbridge rated it it was amazing. They are invariably portrayed as cluelessly drifting along until snatched up by some willful male. Gao, who lives in exile in Paris, was embroiled in controversy in China in the s because of his plays.

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Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Archived from the original PDF on I was both excited by the proposition of a Chinese Nobel laureate and fascinated by Xingjian’s personal trials when I chose to read his semi-autobiographical novel.

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Soul Mountain is a profoundly amazing work. Soul Mountain is essentially a two-part novel featuring two main characters—known only as “You” and “I”. 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. Apr 18, Jara rated it did not like it Shelves: For example, there are countless references to horrible crimes against women, including a lot of rape, that do soup seem to do much in the way of raising the ire of the author but are instead presented as some immutable law of the universe.


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A powerful combination of depth and lightness. And then it wound up to be an inspirational and impressive read after all. I really enjoyed reading this.

He wants to take a break and start looking for an “authentic life”—meaning the opposite of that of the state’s concept of real life. In my mind’s eye, I see the same person.

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Views Read Edit View history. A waypoint geographic and physical. Either you love it or hate it, as reflected by ratings from 1 to 5 stars. I don’t think my friend was touched either.

Thus, if my quest is to explore Chinese fiction before my move, this is an obvious pick. Yes, there is eroticism – or attempts at – but not for titillation. I then began dogpaddling through this morass of a novel rife with nature and strange sex.

How can you get there? There were times when Gao really presented wonderful images and ideas, and I did so enjoy those moments but there were mountainn pages where I was bored with the sequences xingjain seemingly aimless travel. So to do the characters speak of evil bandits, dragons, giant salamanders.

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