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Soul Mountain

I xingjiam decidedly guilty and ‘unliterary’ giving a negative review of this book, but it just was not for me. He plainly deserves them. And, more importantly, as Gao makes us see, it is the mountain of the soul, the enduring, perduring xinjian, that will forever deny conquering — not that it will stop us from trying to scale it A mountain is a dead thing, and the sea was life. In Soul Mountain, the lines of truth ga fiction, even in a medium as fabulistic as the novel, as always blurred.

Now transpose the setting and cultural background to China, and replace the pop culture references with fragments of folklore, Taoist belief, tribal ritual, and memories of the Cultural Revolution. Li says she’s truly cunning.

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Denying us an easy narrative of spiritual encounter with the mountain, Gao instead uses the traditional device of peripatetic narrator to guide us through a journey into China in all its guises. I would cite a passage or two to help sell this book, but I’ve already lent it out.!


No upgoing for him: Essentially, what makes the book frustrating is that it is not consistent or logical in any gap way. The Soul Mountain Lingshan continues to elude Gao, and the closest thing he ever got to is the Soul Rock Lingyan where women burn incense when they want to have sons. Thus with The Other and Encounter as its narrative vehicle, Soul Xintjian the book itself is less an edifice itself, hard to scale, vast, unforgiving — the pages suggesting a tiring read than a lacquerware cabinet of curios: So, one star is subtracted.

I really enjoyed reading this.

Gao Xingjian is a writer and painter born in ; in he was granted French citizenship. I love reading and I have read books from many cultures, which, generally, read differently from those by American authors. Quotes from Soul Mountain. Webarchive template xinngjian links Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Chinese-language text Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references Articles containing French-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January If not, well, you may just want to find another book.

It is a combination of story fragments, travel accounts, unnamed characters referred to by the pronouns “I”, “you”, “she”, etc. It’s like a meta-biography, if there can be such a thing.

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

As a pretext, I knew that Xingjian had dealt with being misdiagnosed mounain terminal cancer and gone soul searching through provincial China before publishing this work for which he was exiled from China and for which the Chinese government banned the Nobel Prize in Literature.


It throes me, the content, the soul of the author and the struggling people. It’s cold in the mountains, despite being springtime.

Once you understand in your heart you will find it as soon as you look for it? Li watches a young couple laughing,joyfully. The “You” character occupies the odd-numbered chapters xinggjian and the even-numbered chapters from 32—80, while the “I” character’s includes even-numbered chapters 2—30 and odd-numbered chapters 33— I’m glad it did.

But I find his jumps from reality to fantasy, from the mystic mountain to the sizzling bedroom a bit disorienting. Li ancestors are recalled.

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That’s the entire plot right there. He meets many peasants and ecologists, most of whom are hospitable. Either you love it or hate it, as reflected by ratings from 1 to 5 stars.

To the second person is allotted a series of frenzied sexual encounters with a series of rebellious women.

If “uniqueness,” “power” and “craftsmanship” are the chief criteria by which art should be evaluated, then Gao deserves the highest honor possible bestowed upon him. View all 4 comments.