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Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather: Stories

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  908 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
These six stories by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian transport the reader to moments where the fragility of love and life, and the haunting power of memory, are beautifully unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiety overshadows the delirious happiness of an outing with his new wife on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a man narrowly escapes drown ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published 1989)
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Emer
In 2000 Gao Xingjian was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. There's a copy of his book 'Soul Mountain' sitting on my mum's bookshelf at home. I've always picked it up whenever I visit but for some reason have never actually begun to read even though I like the sound of it. So I thought I might first try some short stories by him to get a sense of what I might expect whenever I do take the plunge with 'Soul Mountain'. This English language version of 'Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather' ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
The stories do not have such old-school things like plot or characters. Instead they are write ups written with intention of exciting emotions in readers (or so says the translator's note). I normally like that sort of writing but most of these stories didn't work for me. Keeping with Goodreads tradation, I'm gonna blame the translation. The third star is entirely for titular story which was the only one that worked for me.
Sam
This is a beautifully written collection of short stories that reflect both the day to day and the utterly magical and enlightening moments in life from the discovery of a secluded temple to near death experiences and moments of utter devastation. These snippets of time, experiences and reminiscences show the pleasure that can be found anywhere and the appreciation for the little things that can be discovered in the simpliest, rawest and most humbling moments. This is a surprisingly enjoyable co ...more
Laura
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rakastin tätä. Rakastin tunnetta, joka parhaiden novellien jälkeen jäi päälle, rakastin pieniä hetkiä ja viipyilevyyttä. Muutama novelli meni ehkä hieman ohi tai en niille niin lämmennyt, mutta yli puolelle olisin voinut antaa vaikka kuusi tähteä. Paras lukemani novellikokoelma, aivan kevyesti.
Dion Yulianto
Rasa penasaran setelah membaca cerpen Gao Xingjian dalam kumcer Dijual Keajaiban yang rasanya ‘kok gitu aja?’ maka terbitnya buku ini tentu saja adalah sebuah kabar gembira. Karya lain penulis ini, novel Gunung Jiwa juga sudah susah banget nyarinya. Banyak pembaca baru macam kita-kita ini akhirnya bingung saat hendak mencicipi rasa dalam karya si penulis peraih Nobel yang memilih eksil ke Prancis ini. Apa yang khas dari karya-karyanya? Apakah senada dengan Mo Yan, ataukah ada rasa asli lain yang ...more
Vasco Simões
Pequenos contos nos quais podemos encontrar o que dá o titulo a este livro. São escritos com elegância e sem pomposidade. No se refere ao conto Uma Cana de Pesca para o Meu Avô e que pelos vistos é o mais famoso está uma grande salganhada uma vez que mistura a cana de pesca...o avô...o jogo Alemanha Federal - Argentina no Mundial...Golo...parece um sonho muito confuso. Os excertos são um belo exercício de leitura, uma vez que são frases curtas soltas mas muito bem escritas que nos transportam pa ...more
Jim
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gao Xingjian is another one of those Nobel Prize winners who, when the announcement came, we all went, “Eh?” And I do know that’s part of the point, to bring to the world’s attention a writer who’s not as well-known as he or she might be. I decided to read him on two counts: 1) he’d been awarded the Nobel Prize (in 2000 to save you checking) and 2) he was Chinese and I couldn’t remember reading anything else by a Chinese author.

Gao himself selected the six stories of this English-language versi
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cindy
Sebuah kumpulan cerpen yg indah sekaligus tidak mudah dimengerti. Kata pengantarnya mengibaratkan cerpen2 di dalamnya sebagai lukisan impresionist dengan kekuatan narasi Gao Xingjian sebagai warna-warni cat yang menangkap moment dalam kehidupan. Ungkapan yg pas sekali.

Jika ada bentuk penyajian cerita yg kurasa benar2 menantang daya pengertianku, maka itu adalah gaya stream of conciousness. Kelima cerpen di sini, sediki banyak menggunakan bentuk ini. Yang mudah dan ringan seperti di cerita Kuil
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Vderevlean
Am deschis volumul acesta de proză scurtă cu așteptări mari. În fond e vorba de un premiu Nobel la mijloc. Și chiar dacă e doar un volum, până acum rezultatul e dezamăgitor.
Gao Xingjian scrie despre China având în cap o imagine a trecutului, o nostalgie a memoriei. Personajele din povestiri nu sunt esențiale, esențială e tinerețea, copilăria lor. Ici, colo, câte o sugestie a dictaturii partidului, câte o nuanță mai violentă despre sărăcie și despre condiția de locuitor chinez. Scenariul narativ
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Radit Panjapiyakul
Beautiful but unsentimental, simple and complex at the same time, creative and yet never seem too calculated or forgot its root, there’s a reason why Gao Xingjian is one of my favorite writers. For me, he seems to strike a balance that’s not so easy to find in modernism.
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Gao Xingjian is a Chinese-born novelist, playwright, critic, and painter. An émigré to France since 1987, Gao was granted French citizenship in 1997. The recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature, he is also a noted translator (particularly of Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco), screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter.
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“While still in Beijing Gao wrote a brief postscript for his seventeen-story collection in which he warns readers that his fiction does not set out to tell a story. There is no plot, as is found in most fiction, and anything of interest to be found in it is inherent in the language itself. More explicit is his proposal that the art of fiction is "the actualisation of language and not the imitation of reality in writing", and that its power to fascinate lies in the fact that, simply by using language, it is able to evoke genuine feeling.” 0 likes
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