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In Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian pronounced gow shing-jen was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death. Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing. He traveled to the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China and from there back to the east coast, a journey of fifteen thousand kilometers over a period of five months. The results of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain. A bold, lyrical, prodigious novel, Soul Mountain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor. Fleeing the social conformity required by the Communist government, he wanders deep into the regions of the Qiang, Miago, and Yi peoples located on the fringes of Han Chinese civilization and discovers a plethora of different traditions, history, legends, folk songs, and landscapes.

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Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. Buy This Book. A man's search for meaning -- in life, in the journey -- turns up the possibility that there may be no meaning. The elusive Lingshan Soul Mountain becomes the object of his quest. A novel of immense wisdom and profound beauty. In Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian pronounced gow shing-jen was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death. But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer -- he had won "a reprieve from death" and had been thrown back into the world of the living.

Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing. He traveled to the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China and from there back to the east coast, a journey of fifteen thousand kilometers over a period of five months.

The results of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain. A bold, lyrical, prodigious novel, Soul Mountain probes the human soul with an uncommon directness and candor. Interwoven with the myriad of stories and countless memorable characters -- from venerable Daosit masters and Buddhist nuns to mythical Wild Men, deadly Qichun snakes, and farting buses -- is the narrator's poignant inner journey and search for freedom.

Fleeing the social conformity required by the Communist government, he wanders deep into the regions of the Qiang, Miago, and Yi peoples located on the fringes of Han Chinese civilization and discovers a plethora of different traditions, history, legends, folk songs, and landscapes.

Slowly, with the help of memory, imagination, and sensory experience, he reconstructs his personal past. He laments the impact of the Cultural Revolution on the ecology -- both human and physical -- of China. And in a polyphony of narrating selves -- the narrator's "I" spawns a "you," a "she," and a "he," each with a distinct perspective and voice -- the novel delights in the freedom of the imagination to expand the notion of the individual self.

Storytelling saves the narrator from a deep loneliness that is part of the human condition. His search for meaning -- in life, in the journey -- turns up the possibility that there may be no meaning. The elusive Lingshan "Soul Mountain" , which becomes the object of his quest, never yields up its secrets, but the journey is a rich, strange, provocative, and rewarding one. Soul Mountain is a novel of immense wisdom and profound beauty. The old bus is a city reject. After shaking in it for twelve hours on the potholed highway since early morning, you arrive in this mountain county town in the South.

In the bus station, which is littered with ice-block wrappers and sugar cane scraps, you stand with your backpack and a bag and look around for a while. People are getting off the bus or walking past, men humping sacks and women carrying babies. A crowd of youths, unhampered by sacks or baskets, have their hands free.

They take sunflower seeds out of their pockets, toss them one at a time into their mouths and spit out the shells. With a loud crack the kernels are expertly eaten. To be leisurely and carefree is endemic to the place. They are locals and life has made them like this, they have been here for many generations and you wouldn't need to go looking anywhere else for them.

The earliest to leave the place travelled by river in black canopy boats and overland in hired carts, or by foot if More books by this author. Under Fishbone Clouds. About this book. Sam Meekings's remarkable debut novel showcases his luminous, poetic writing, as well as insights that belong to a writer twice his age.

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Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian. Debut Author. Book Summary A man's search for meaning -- in life, in the journey -- turns up the possibility that there may be no meaning. Chapter One The old bus is a city reject. Read Full Excerpt. Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!

Introduction A man is diagnosed with lung cancer -- precisely the same cancer that had proved deadly to his father not long before -- and then is surprised to discover in a follow-up visit to the doctor that he is in fact perfectly healthy. And, the good news is not delivered with the amount of sensitivity that a new lease on life would seem to merit -- describing the attending doctor, the book reads, "'Go and live properly, young man.

It is from this peculiar and clear-eyed position that a journey begins through the remote mountains of China. The narrator explores rural villages and reflects on the influence that the Cultural Revolution has had Read More.

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It all eventually coheres into a vision of an inchoate, voracious culture from which any sentient soul might understandably A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships. A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult. As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her. Even so, Delinsky sometimes manages to pick up the pace, and in those moments the beauty and nuance of this complicated family tale shine through.

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Gao is little known in his native China, which he fled in and where his works are banned, and only a tiny sampling of his writing was readily available in either the West or the East. This sprawling, oddball novel is arguably his finest work, on a par with the works he is best known for, like ''Bus Stop,'' a play that is a sort of Chinese version of ''Waiting for Godot. And what an introduction to Gao it is! It is not easy to say what the novel is about -- and it is lacking in plot, descriptions and character development -- and yet the marvel is that somehow it is still both engaging and elegant. A misdiagnosis of lung cancer, the ailment that killed his father, forced him to confront what he believed to be his imminent death, and then shortly afterward he came under attack in a Communist Party campaign against ''spiritual pollution.

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