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November 19, 2017



by N@ncy


What could I find about the author Gao Xingjian?

  1. Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic .
  2. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2000.
  3. He is also a noted translator screenwriter, stage director, and a celebrated painter.
  4. In 1998, Gao was granted French citizenship.



  1. I’m careful about embarking on a long book by a Chinese writer.
  2. Sometimes I’m lucky, sometimes I’m not.
  3. I read L’Ami to give myself a ‘taste’ of Gao Xingjian’s writing.
  4. I want to read more of Xingjian’s books….but in English!
  5. This book  is written in such a simple style
  6. … feels complex.
  7. Tone:  nostalgic – two old friends (60+) meet again after 13 years.


I knew it was you…your hair is white.
Why didn’t you write?’
Tell me exactly what happened that day.
Are you oke?’


Last thoughts:

  1. I enjoyed reading this very simple story
  2. …and must admit it lingered in my mind longer than
  3. some 500+ page novels!



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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 23 2017

    Out of curiosity – why are you careful about embarking on a long book by a Chinese writer?


    • Nov 23 2017

      I am totally out of my comfort zone when I approach Chinese writers.
      This could be a good ‘personal challenge’ for me to read Chinese authors in 2018
      I will have to investigate some writers…..but we all know making a list is half the fun.
      If you have any reading suggestions….let me know. As the Chinese proverg says:
      “A man grows tired while standing still’

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      • Nov 23 2017

        On the job…..I’ll get back to you 😊


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