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The Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijian
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Mar 12, 2015

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The Last Quarter of the Moon is a novel that suffered on behalf of its editor. The narrative was choppy and self-indulgent and places; the storytelling would often loop back on itself to include this myth or that flashback, which would ultimately prove disorienting for the reader. Many of these anecdotes were rich with cultural significance but the structure through which they were presented left much to be desired. This edition was also peppered with typos; do not read if a misplaced apostrophe puts you at risk of an apoplexy.

Metaphor and plot proved to be repetitive; coherency often found itself sacrificed for the sake of a nice simile. That being said, there are some interesting characters in The Last Quarter of the Moon and Zijan succeeds in evoking a strong sense of the life of the Evenki and their connection with nature. Reading about the tribe's rituals and spiritual beliefs sustained the at times monotonous plot. Upon finishing, the reader is left with an inexplicable yearning for the mountains.

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"They faced each other like weathered cliffs"

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March 10, 2015 – Finished Reading
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March 23, 2015 – Shelved as: reviewed

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