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Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xingjian
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Oct 23, 2011

it was ok
Read from October 22 to 23, 2011

Modest for a Nobel Prize winner. An afternoon/evening read, this book consists of six short stories that are almost all located in communist China. Very easy reading: I found most of the writing simple, elementary, my brother could have written that while in grade 4 (he actually did write similar quality prose). Some sparks of literary grace come through (mostly in the title story, "Buying a fishing rod for my grandfather") - probably signs of what was to come (i.e. these short stories represent the beginning/rookie stage of Gao's writing career).

I am not sure if I want to read Soul Mountain .... which apparently is his big (most successful) novel. We'll see. So far, though, nothing of extraordinary from the Chinese turned French Gao.

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