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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Soul Mountain

Oct 25, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Li is lost in the forest. There were interesting parts in the book, yes, but they all seemed to be used solely as backdrops to his endless self-adoration.

Showing of 93 reviews. March 17, Sold by: Publisher’s Weekly called it Gao’s “largest and perhaps most personal work”. moumtain

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

But as a modern writer, Gao probably feel obliged to break this taboo, although in my opinion, he probably does not feel comfortable about it, nor is this one of the more successful aspects of the book. At that time a friend told him about respiratory practices Qi Qong that could help him. A book demands contemplation. Dec 10, Corinne rated it it was amazing Shelves: The woman wasn’t as happy as the couple, How can you get there? For more than 3 decades beginning fromthe only art form allowed in China was the exultation of the victory of the Communist revolution and the greatness of Mao Zedong.

What an amazing book. The central theme of the book is straightforward.

After had suffered personally the catastrophes of ten years Cultural Revolution and witnessed the destruction of traditional values, especially the metaphysical dimension of the Chinese culture under the Communist Regime, Gao wishes to paint again or recapture the original beauty of the tradition, which is inseparable from the mystical and even whimsical layers of the reality perceived by the local people who possess rather 1.


So, one star zoul subtracted. Nonetheless, he emerged a changed man, and took off on a sort of vision quest across rural China to find himself. Li knows what that means. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to The Swedish Academy for awarding this author the Nobel Prize for Literature and thus mounhain him to a global audience, as well as to Mabel Lee, for her great achievement in translating the work. Cory Sheldon I’m finding I just need to xigjian be awake due to it’s very meandering quality.

A destination chosen arbitrarily, at the suggestion of a fellow traveler, the elusive Lingshan tao rich with meaning for the narrator of Soul Mountain. Indeed, the search for Lingshan becomes a metaphor for all spiritual striving: I dug into it and was not disappointed.

What a beautifully written book of a mastermind, and it’s still being banned in Chinkland for sure, it throes me too Fuck! He reflects fleetingly on his past, full of memories of political persecution, failures in love and relationships, lack of fulfillment, and wrestles with his own demons of loneliness and homesickness.

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This decision led him to begin the journey that forms much of the autobiographical portion of the novel. Gao skirts at the edges of them, frustrating our expectations. The main character is on a journey to find soul and I am also drawn to that theme.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He meets many peasants and ecologists, most of whom are hospitable. So to place this book within a literary context is hardly to denigrate it or to take away from what makes it wonderful on the contrary, I think that that enriches it.


The protagonist ostensively searches for Lingshan Soul Mountainbut in fact the novel describes “one man’s quest for inner peace and freedom” [6] The journey, both in the author’s life and in the narrative, include visits to the districts of QiangMiao and Yilocated on the fringes of Han Chinese civilization; excursions into several nature reserves; and stops at Buddhist and Daoist institutions.

View all 3 comments. Thus with The Other and Encounter as its narrative vehicle, Soul Mountain the book itself is less an edifice itself, hard to scale, vast, unforgiving — the pages suggesting a tiring read than a lacquerware cabinet of curios: This is strange for me; usually I glaze over during such scenes in most books.

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Ultimately this is a confounding book, heavenly for the patient but beyond taxing for others. Sections did grab me, but they only ever exist for a chapter before the constant juxtaposition used to start the next chapter.

There is, however, a sense of breaching his privacy throughout, and moments here and there that give you a sense of a writer’s mental preparation that goes into their craft. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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. Each moment colors past moments and the past colors the future.