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A destination chosen arbitrarily, at the suggestion of a fellow traveler, the elusive Lingshan becomes rich with meaning for the narrator of Soul Mountain. Meanwhile, the narrator himself shows a tendency to go forth and multiply. First he divides into You and I. Then You generates yet a third voice, a somewhat simple but intense young woman named She, followed by He--and none of these personae can resist the elemental lure of the sacred site. Indeed, the search for Lingshan becomes a metaphor for all spiritual striving:
Would it be better to go along the main road? It will take longer travelling by the main road? After making some detours you will understand in your heart? Once you understand in your heart you will find it as soon as you look for it? The important thing is to be sincere of heart? If your heart is sincere then your wish will be granted?Along the way, I and You mourn the devastations of the Cultural Revolution, when thousands of monuments, temples, and graves were reduced to rubble. The obliteration of these reminders of the dead becomes a torment to the narrators of the novel, who struggle to assert their individuality--itself a proscribed act in Communist China--against what they see as a false and brutal ideal that has swept away history, literature, and tradition as decisively as it has destroyed the ancient forests. (At one point Gao describes the sad spectacle of the few remaining pandas, who wander a shrinking woodland wearing electronic transmitters.) Seamlessly translated by the Australian scholar Mabel Lee, Soul Mountain is a masterpiece of self-observation set against a soulful denunciation of "progress" and practicality. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The plot was too vague, and the "ingenious" gender changes of the narrator had no effect on me.
I agree it was difficult read but you surely do not have to go any slower while reading the book because seriously, you won't be missing much if you didn't.
It is to Gao's credit that he was able to create his own unique writing style, despite this very difficult creative climate.
some of the numerous short chapters annoyed by the repetitive seeming irrelevant digressions
some enchant with blended myths lies fiction and careful observation... Read more
Excelent book! Great written but not for everybody.
It's a very deep story.
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What do you expect in a Nobel Prize winner? A total literary experience in one package; not the West not the East not just mystical realism but everythingPublished 12 months ago by steven eikenbery
After reading and enjoying the novella For Monks Only, which uses the 2nd person as a main character, I was told to read Soul Mountain. I dug into it and was not disappointed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jina Bae
Amazing use of pronouns--this book will fascinate and suck you in--one can't help but feel being right there--very surreal read. There is no other book quite like this one.Published 20 months ago by Lotus Warrior
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian, Mabel Lee
This is a very good literature book to read, we hope more readers enjoy reading this book as me. Thank you.
I started this book on the basis of its being a work of fiction. But it really isn't; I would say it's 500 pages of poetry and lyrical description. Read morePublished 24 months ago by sally tarbox