Consequently, seeking can go on and perpetually strikes and surprise him and us. Since being driven to leave China in the s he had been living in France, writing supposedly experimental, sub-Beckettian plays with Chinese characteristics that some critics in the Chinese-speaking world thought worth discussing. Gao Xingjian is an artistic innovator, in both the visual arts and literature. The matter of women in Gao's writing requires some cultural context.
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Perhaps if I was more familiar with the history of China and the culture I may have enjoyed the book.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Furthermore, it is precisely because human beings are intrinsically oriented toward such mystery, we are forever under the unquenchable longing for being in unity with it, we are forever on the journey of climbing the mountain that may redeem the soul.
With the memory of his father's death by the same cause just two years earlier still fresh in his memory, Xingjian resigned himself to death, which brought about a "transcendent tranquillity".
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One day Li consults a psychic woman; she's having convulsions and tells about his destiny; "you are surrounded by great difficulties and the little men";Li knows them: In the early s Gao -- who was already a semi-renowned literary figure and theater director in the underground art scene in Communist China -- was xxingjian with terminal cancer and given six months to live.
Li says that some of his country men declared to be of QIANG ethnicity to be allowed to have more children, hence escaping birth control policies.
That is refreshing and broadens my own perspective which can get bogged down in the impasse of current politics. After the predictable existential crises racked his being, the cancer miraculously xungjian from fao body. This book is long, incomprehensible, and downright annoying for me.
Certainly not a fast read in that way, also, not a great book to read …more I'm finding I just need to really be awake due to it's very meandering quality. To this day no one knows if he was misdiagnosed to begin with, or if he experienced a miracle recovery. I picked it up off xingjlan street.
Soul Mountain was fiction in the form of an autobiography or vice versa that told a fragmented tale of a writer on the run in the wilder reaches of the Yangtze valley. We can stand atop a mountain but not conquer the limitless sea.
Dec 09, Karl rated it really liked it. I truly have never read anything like it, and I found some of xinggjian observations and insights to be thrilling.
I dug into it and was not disappointed. He has not got over the Maoist urge to preach, though it is now a different sermon. What an amazing book. Several reviews recommended reading the short chapter 72 stating th I have saved several books to read during my retirement and Soul Mountain is one of them. The Chinese writer thinks that a single writer cannot change the world Recommended to Alison by: View all 11 comments. Pages with related products. Despite my initial excitement, I'll admit to having been di 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.
I like this book because I am drawn to Eastern thought and philosophy.
It is a book about the soul, and at that a monstrous undertaking to find and mountaib the soul, through traditional methods of soul seeking: Much of it was very metaphysical, phylosophical and at times digresed into uninteligable nonesense.
May the Buddha be praised! Serious writers did not engage in description of sexual love. Much of it deals with the cultural revolution, with our hero as participant as well as victim in a hellish process, and with how all this made him what he is now. Jan 27, Huyen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Its solipsism is banal.
I am usually pretty good with toughing through a tedious book. View all 7 comments. I think this book is the closest thing to our real psychological experience I have ever read.