New PDF release: Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather: Stories

By Gao Xingjian

Those six tales through Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian shipping the reader to moments the place the fragility of affection and lifestyles, and the haunting strength of reminiscence, are superbly unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiousness overshadows the delirious happiness of an day out together with his new spouse on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a guy narrowly escapes drowning within the sea, in basic terms to discover that not anyone even spotted his absence. within the identify tale, the narrator makes an attempt to alleviate his homesickness merely to discover that he's misplaced in a labyrinth of adolescence thoughts. in every single place during this assortment are strong mental graphics of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the unending presence of the previous of their current lives.

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They are all looking intently at the faces or at the cards of their opponents, and no one bothers to look up at him. He goes back to his own room, but his roommate, who is probably still chatting in the room next door, isn’t there. He takes a towel from the windowsill, aware that the jellyfish, with a coat of salt on them and squashed under a rock outside his window, are still full of water. Afterward, he puts on fresh clothes and shoes and, feeling warm, returns alone to the beach. The sound of the sea is all-embracing.

Next, people from both sides of the road also come running, while others surround the overturned buggy, which has rolled into the gutter. A middle-aged woman takes the child from the buggy, shakes it, and examines it all over. ” Talk in low voices all around. The child, drained of color, has its eyes shut tight, and blue veins can be seen through the child’s soft skin. But there is no sign of external injury. ” “Don’t move anything! Don’t go over there. ” A crowd several layers deep has surrounded the front of the bus.

At this point, he can rely only upon himself. Even if he calls out, there is only the sound of the surging waves, monotonous, never ending. Listening to the waves has never been so lonely. He sways, but instantly steadies himself. Next, an icy current charges relentlessly by and carries him, helpless, along with it. Turning on his side, with his 37 B U Y I N G A F I S H I N G R O D F O R M Y G R A N D FAT H E R left arm stroking out, his right hand pressing against his abdomen, and his feet kicking, he massages.

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