(above,Buddha Sakyamuni and Mahakayapa)
Lingshaw means Soul Mountain.
In this book there's an enlightening preface by Noël Dutrait referring that, in China, "in the end of the 1970's there was a timid political liberalization", therefore allowing writers not to serve the (communist) party. Gao Xin...more
I am prone to exaggeration. But I have such specific remembrances--memories of feelings and moments of hyper-awareness--tied to this book.... For all the incredible books I have come across so far, NONE of them gave me what this book did. None of them made me so viscerally part of their...more
What is it with mountains? Be they Bare, Magic or Soulful like this, they exert a pull on the soul and they move men to poetry.
Equating height with Homeric majesty, Keats stood his Cortez silent upon a peak in Darien, to tug his conquistador’s soul towards some higher sublimity. Where Christianity has the abode of God and attendant angels reposing in the celestial crenelations of cumulonimbus and nimbostratus, Homer – grounded realist that he was, had his on semi-earthly Olympus. Not for nothin...more
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...more
The author frequently refers to China's many Dynastys and The Culturol Revolution ( a very sad time for the people of China and their culture. ) Perhaps if I was more familiar with the history of China and the culture I may have enjoyed the book.Perhaps something was lost in translation ? Much of it was very metaphysical, phy...more
This is not an easy work to some up. As a critic speaking with one of the narrative perspectives says, Gao has 'slapped together travel notes, moralistic ramblings, feelings, notes, jottings, untheoretical discussions, unfable-like fables, copied out some folk songs, added some legend like nonsense of [his] own invention, and [is] calling it fiction.” A combination I found utterly bewitching.
Fiction is perhaps the wrong way to think about Soul Mountain. A landscape woul...more
The International Fiction Book Club met on the evening of April 18th, 2012 to discuss “Soul Mountain” by the Nobel Prize winning author from China, Gao Xingjian. During the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution this author burned hundreds of manuscripts for fear of having them discovered by “those who oppose spiritual pollution”. Then, in 1983, he was diagnosed with lung cancer only to be given a reprieve six weeks later by a follow-up x-ray. As the ax of ce...more
Essentially, what makes the book frustrating is that it is not consistent or logical in any imaginable way. It doesn’t have any main characters. Instead, Gao Xingjian refers to his main characters simply as I, You, He, and She. When the...more
In the early 1980s Gao -- who was already a semi-renowned literary figure and theater director in the underground art scen...more
That being said, it is a 5* book all the way.
What is challenging, is it is a book in which the narrator starts off auto-biographically telling his life story emerging from post-Cultural Revolution China in the early 80s with a life threatening cancer and threat of imprisonment. When his diagn...more
As far as I know, no other readrs have commented on the dreamlike, or even Kafkaesque, quality that some passages have, such as:
May I walk with you? Again, this is really a stupid thing to say.
You're really a funny person, you seem to hear her mumbling. She looks reproachful and yet approving. However you can tell she's trying to look cheerful...
Thus far in my progress, the above is about as dramatic as any passages get. The rest are detached sum...more
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Por essa época , o indivíduo não existia, não havia diferença entre o "eu" e "você". O "eu" apareceu muito no início por causa do medo da morte; a coisa estranha que não era "eu" transformou-se no que era chamado você. O homem então ainda era incapaz de ter medo de si próprio, seu conhecimento de si vinha unicamente do outro. Só o fato de considerar ou de ser considerado, de ser submetido ou de submeter, o confirmava em sua existência. A terceira pessoa, que não tem relação direta com "eu" e "v...more
Second, this is a very unusual book. I would liken it to watching the scenery roll by from a train. Everything flashes by, sometimes you stop and look at something more closely, then off you go again, flash, flash, flash.
I thought the author described his own book very well in chapter 72, in the words of his fictional book critic:
"You've slapped together travel notes...more
If you liked Frazier's meandering style (in Cold Mountain anyway), then huzzah; this is the book for you.
ch51: history of "I" and "you"
"At that time the individual did not exist. There was not an awareness of a distinction between "I" and "you". The birth of I derived from fear of death, and only afterwards an entity which was not I came to constitute you. At that time people did not have an awareness of fearing oneself, knowledge of the self came from an other and was affirmed by possessing and being possessed, and by conquering and being conquered. He, the t...more
Despite lacking a proper story, the novel reads well. Descriptions of nature, ethnicities and religious life along side of the road to the Soul Mountain are eye catching....more