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30 October 2010 @ 09:56 pm
under heaven  

I know GGK doesn’t work for some people, but damn, he just keeps right on working splendidly for me. And I’m tired enough right now that reading his writing doesn’t fill me with existential despair, just a pleasant gentle joy. And I’m only three chapters in. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Bryantbryant on October 30th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I thought Under Heaven was really good -- nice to see him getting away from Europe a bit more.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on October 30th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I still need to read it, but it's on the list! Along with Ysabel, which I know (I think) you didn't like as much.
kitmizkit on November 1st, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's not my favorite of his books, no, but nor was it my least favorite. :)
desperancedesperance on October 30th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I loved it - but then, I was predisposed. GGK is my criterion, he supplies the shoulder that I sit on; also, China. GGK and China (and just after I've finished mine, blessedly; and of course radically different from mine, that too). How could I not treasure this?
kitmizkit on November 1st, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
The embarrassing thing is that I've read him enough now, and carefully enough, that I recognize his tricks. His cadences, his storytellign style, his phrasing...

...and still the repetition of "under heaven" just after the daughter makes her mark in the second cave (I said as cryptically as I could) makes my eyes water. *Damn* him, anyway!
desperancedesperance on November 1st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Whoo, yeah. All of that. You see exactly how the thing is done, and it takes nothing away from the wonder.
Dreamshadowmorgie on October 30th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Under Heaven was pretty good. A different setting for him, but one that worked.
Lauratavella on October 31st, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I liked the start, but thought it fell down hard in the middle and end, especially the way it went so orientalist it made my teeth hurt.
Kira Lucienkira_snugz on October 31st, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
i just got his latest. for me he's usually the be all end all, flaily rainbows and glittery stars, sort of author, but i havn't been able to get into the new one. but then again the first time i attempted to read anything of his that wasn't the tapestry i struggled and struggled, with some books for years. admittedly, last light of the sun and ysabel were both instant win, and i'm sure only dogs could hear the noises i made when i figured out that ysabel was almost sequal-y to the tapestry.

have you read his poetry? some of it is much happier than his usual rocks fall, only two people get a happy ending sort of stuff.
Liannelianneb on November 21st, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed Under Heaven, although it's been getting a lot of so-so reviews. It's very much in the style of Chinese literature that I've come across in the past; very leisurely in pace. Loved the women in the story (the sister, the courtesan, the consort). They were even more intriguing and more varied than the men. And, of course, the horses.