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L’Éternité n'est pas de trop

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Au XVIIe siècle, à la fin de la dynastie Ming - époque de bouillonnement et de bouleversement, où l'Occident même était présent avec la venue des premiers missionnaires jésuites en Chine -, dans un monastère de haute montagne, un homme qui n'a pas encore prononcé ses vœux se décide à quitter ce lieu de paix et de silence pour retrouver, trente ans plus tard, la seule femme ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 15th 2003 by Hachette Diffusion Int. (first published January 4th 2002)
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Ana  Vlădescu
i will write a full review at some point, but i'm really at a loss of time and can only scramble up a few words:

i generally dislike love stories. not because of their cheesy value, but because the ones that appear in books are not realistic. now, i know that some could argue with me that based on that reason, i shouldn't read fantasy anymore, but that's not how i see it. love stories are 60% wrongly depicted in literature, in my opinion. the best ones that i have seen are the dramatic kind, the
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Mel
I picked up the French version of this in Paris. Written by a Chinese man who was a member of l'academie Francais about love in Ming China it sounded lovely. I got about half way through the French book and then stopped reading it as I had to do uni prep, and then discovered that SOAS had the English translation. I thought I'd read the first half of the English translation to remind myself what happened and then go back to the French and read the rest. What actually happened was I sat down last ...more
Mel
Sigh I wish my French were better!!! I can read wonderfully scholarly books on Taoism but struggle so much with novels! I tried to read this several years ago and gave up and read the English translation. (Which was WONDERFUL) I thought as I'd been reading lots more French this years I'd have an easier time with this now but still couldn't manage it! The was a beautiful story and lovely prose, even in translation but I'd much prefer to be able to read the original. Having to rethink my French re ...more
Berneen
Je ne serais certainement pas partie chercher ce roman toute seule. On me l'a conseillé, je l'ai lu.
Certes, lire François Cheng, c'est se laisser porter par les mots, par des descriptions si poétiques qu'on voit les mots dessiner les images entre les pages. Je suis admirative de son travail avec la langue, de la puissance qui se dessine alors que le tout forme un roman d'une délicatesse presque aérienne.
Pourtant, cette histoire d'amour m'a ennuyée. J'ai savouré le texte mais j'ai vite délaissé l
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Justine
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Arghhhh.... I hate saying this, but reading this book wasn't a pleasure at all.
I did not get into the story, i tried... hell yeah i tried !! But nothing...
So the storyline is great, the characters are really interesting, but I still wait for the spark...
I recommend it anyway !
Isabelle
Nov 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: french
This is a very beautiful and delicate novel about the enduring power of love, in all its forms. A mature healer monk gets to finally live the love of his life, now a forlorn wife, when he is called upon to take care of her health. They had met once and had felt the immediate burn of love in that one defining moment of their youth. Their love will unfold and bloom in eternity, which will be their time and place.
While Cheng celebrates the couple's mystical union, he creates a counterpoint to the s
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Manatee
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few times that I actually went out of the way to find a NoveList recommendation. The book did deliver at first. I was looking for a love story set during the Ming dynasty with concubines and courts and a stratified society. The love story was delightful as a set up between a high born lady and a musician who catch glimpses of one another at a wedding. The musician falls instantly in love and this love changes the course of his whole life. So far, things are perfect and romanti ...more
Agnes Fontana
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Un contraste curieux entre l'exotisme du décor (la Chine, ses montagnes embrumées en forme de pain de sucre, ses monastères, ses routes peuplées d'artistes ambulants, ses vastes maisons ou s'ennuient les concubines) et en même temps un vague sentiment de déjà vu (amour impossible, fossé social entre les amants, que l'amant, le mec bien entendu, va combler à force de talent)... Tristan, Iseut, Roméo, Juliette et tant d'autres ont déménagé en Chine...
Rebecca
After finishing this book I researched Buddhism and Taoism and found it added a whole new realm of understanding and interest in the book. When I also understood the authors background (also researched) I found the writing to be the most interesting part of the book. The actual story was not my favorite, but it did make for a good discussion in our book club.
H Gibson
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected more from an author as highly lauded as Francois Cheng. The writing didn't match the era in which the story took place; it was too new in voice and feel. Perhaps this is due to the translation. Otherwise, the story was decent.
David
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-lit
A lovely romantic novel set during the Ming Dynasty's last days....beautifully written.
Joyce
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
story seems nice, but after 1/4 it became a little hard to read, because all the (philosophical) thoughts, and it couldn't put me to reading it til the end.
voyvoline
Mitigée. Du beau, du très beau, du mmm. A relire plus tard - impression d'être à moitié passée à côté.
Nesrine Aouinti
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman qui embrasse l'âme, tout en subtilité et en douceur, l'histoire d'amour de Dao-Sheng et de Dame Ying se dévoile par touches.
Une belle ode à l'amour.
Fin
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gute Geschichten brauchen nicht immer viele Worte
Ann
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poem more than a novel. Beautiful.
Sidonie
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Une belle histoire d'amour impossible dans la Chine de la dynastie Ming.
Plus que l'histoire c'est le style et l'écriture de l'auteur qui m'ont marqué, quelle minutie !
Bailat BailatJones
Very moving romantic and deeply philosophical story
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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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