- File Size: 880 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Publerati; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0085CBWUC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Douglas Penick successfully transports the reader into the Forbidden City and the rich court. This comes as no surprise due to the fact the author has spent much of his life teaching and studying Asian culture. Authentic, compelling, and honestly told, this is a novel written with great insight and detail. A most enjoyable historical tale. Definitely recommended to anyone interested in ancient China.
The novel is beautifully written and while it is unusual, it is not difficult reading. I feel it gave me a new insight into Chinese culture and history. Obviously the author is deeply knowledgeable about China and the historical period. But it is more than an intellectual treat--though it is that. It is an emotional experience, a profoundly humane work. I happened to find an excerpt from this novel online over a year ago and it has haunted me ever since. The published novel was worth waiting for--it is simply superb. I hope it finds the wide readership it deserves.
Douglas Penick's eunuch, though probably a fictional device, he nonetheless delivers what feels like an authentic account of court life, replete with a recounting of unspeakable cruelties, constant intrigue, glorious pageantry, tender loyalty, all transpiring within an overarching exalted vision of at least a partially enlightened hierarchy.
"Fascinating account of a barbarous tradition and the thousands of eunuchs who lived and worked in Imperial China. Really interesting portrait of a completely different world, value system, and time."
"Unique and beautiful narrative voice, fascinating subject matter and beautifully evoked setting".
Publishers' Weekly said: "With extraordinarily evocative details, moments of disarming poignancy, and an overall verisimilitude, ... this might really be the found work of a devoted courtier. By the time the Emperor makes his final dictation and Ma Yun fades into obscurity, the reader is completely beguiled by this glimpse of a lost world."
The themes and issues in JOURNEY OF THE NORTH STAR still have a great influence in Chinese thinking today and shed light on the deepest problems in social life throughout the world.