Facing time on a prison farm for defying his country’s laws of cultural conformity, Nobel Prize-winning artist/writer Gao Xingjian embarked on an epic search for his roots and for freedom. His journey through Southern China’s ancient mountains and forests, inspired this immensely wise and beautiful novel.
©2000 Gao Xingjian, translation Mabel Lee (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
One of the better audiobooks
The stories he is inventing as he is inspired by the surroundings.
The main character
The writer himself, since he is the main character. I would expect interesting conversations about the humanity. Also, comparing the Chinese and Western cultures.
Not an easy book to go through, but worth it. Aside from describing the modern Chinese society and its challenges, there are stories describing parts of the rich history, detailed descriptions of the nature in various parts of southern China, as well as the customs, folk songs in the different regions.
Although this promised to be a good choice I found it difficult to follow at times and often tedious.
If you are looking for reasons to visit China, don't bother to read it. The history of China since WWII is depressing particularly because the horrors which occurred were self inflicted. It is a dystopian vision into what may occur under totalitarian rule even to a people with a rich cultural heritage.
There are parts that read like poetry, yet many other times the "story" skipped around haphazardly. I often felt lost and I suspect it is because of the translation.
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