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The River Below

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An epic novel of a painter's tumultuous life of friendship, love and exile in China and France. A bestseller and winner of a major prize in France, "The River Below" is a work of startling lyricism and beauty.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Welcome Rain Publishers (first published September 3rd 1998)
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Isabelle
I am finding it difficult to write a few lines about such a beautiful and complex book. Set against a horrific background, that of the cultural revolution with its misery and persecution, the novel invites us to share the journey of an aspiring painter to self-discovery as an artist and a man.
In fact the book is all about apprenticeship, what you learn from teachers, friends and lovers as well as strangers, jailers and other tormentors.
Defined and eventually betrayed by a friend and a lover, Tia
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Leucosie Lupi
Parce qu’au fil de ces 450 pages, c’est l’histoire de toute une vie qui y est décrite, ou plutôt ce sont trois destins qui s’entremêlent dans une seule et même destinée… C’est également et surtout tout un pan de l’histoire Chinoise qui se dévoile sous nos yeux ; celle de cette chine du début du 20eme siècle, bouleversée par le changement et qui a du mal à se trouver.

Bien qu’écrit en français, nous retrouvons au travers de l’écriture de François Cheng toute la délicatesse et la subtilité de la P
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Betty C.
As others, I had trouble getting into this book. I did slog through it, and there were some fascinating historical parts, but found myself skimming through a lot of the description. Unfortunately, I find myself doing that with a lot of contemporary novels written in French!
Francois
Amour, amitié, art, ces trois thèmes avec la révolution culturelle chinoise en toile de fond. Roman très lyrique, un peu long, mais qui en vaut tellement la peine.
Erika
Chinese French adventure...given to me by Liu Tang and shared with many. Deep experience of awakening as a foreigner, as a friend, as a prisoner, as a lover
Nerissa
Some beautiful passages among a lot of extraneous detail. I enjoyed certain quite a bit but overall I felt weary by the end.
Cristobal
A nice story about a Chinese Artist and his struggle with the Chinese Comunnism and the new political Order.
Pete
Interessant wie ein Chinese Paris erlebte.
Die Aufklärung der Mao Zeit eines Schweizers wie mich.
Dee
Jun 09, 2011 Dee marked it as to-read
Had to put it down. Could not get into it, will try again sometime, maybe.
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François Cheng is a French academician, writer, poet and calligrapher. He is the author of essays, novels, collections of poetry and books on art written in the French language, and the translator of some of the great French poets into Chinese.

Born in China and taking French citizenship in 1973, he was elected to the Académie française in 2002, and was the first person of Asian origin to be a memb
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