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Butterfly, A novel (With classic fan-shape illustrations)

Butterfly, A novel (With classic fan-shape illustrations) [Kindle Edition]

Julie O'Yang
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Set against the backdrop of the Second World War/Sino-Japanese war (1931-1945), the story centres around the fatal love between a married Chinese woman and a young Japanese soldier. However, the fantastic tale is not as simple as its plot suggests. In the forties of the 20th century, one summer day, on the bending shore of the magical, eternal river Yangtze, a woman met a young stranger she falls in love with. But he can't love her back, and she can't love him if she would have known why he has hunted her down all over China to tell her a dark secret...

    "A shamelessly original work of art that you can read legally outside China"

Butterfly is a haunting love story a la Romeo and Juliet of the Orient. The modern fairytale explores passion beyond all forbidden boundaries and love tested to its limits to defy even death. Taking a stab at sensitive historical, social issues such as the Rape of Nanking, the question arises, what is love? Where is the salvation in all the heartlessness of mankind? Are we able to love, a deed that is so often taken for granted? Perhaps love is neither simple nor always pleasant or even inhuman. In the end the protagonists have to undergo a metamorphosis in order to be reunited again on the bank of the Yangtze river where they met seven decades ago.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Julie O'Yang; e-Edition edition (21 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006P2OBMK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #701,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly - A review 8 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Trying to review a book such as Butterfly is like trying to knit milk. I sit here at my machine, all mechanical and frosted. I flick my attention between page and keyboard. The paper wins out every time. Julie O'Yang's Butterfly is one of those books that isn't just a book you HAVE to read, its a collection of perfectly stitched sentences, flowing like magic, that you need to own.

Some stories have great ideas, gigantic concepts where the words are slapped in to help you on your journey. Julie writes differently. It's as if each word is a seed, planted and left to grow, from that seed beautiful lines flow and from those beautiful lines an elegant stretching story is created. Only through careful nurturing and love can such a vision come to life. This is a book to return to again and again. Poetic, bright brilliant and as enigmatic as the butterfly.

Buy the book and let it grow in your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Writing by Emerging Bestseller Author Julie O'Yaang 1 Jan 2012
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The Sino - Japanese conflict / Japanese occupation of Manchuria is the background for the exceptionally well written novel about love, relationships strained by environmental situation (war!). I think prior to delving into Butterfly I got an inkling of Julie O'Yang's talents as both an writer and visual artist on her Facebook Fan Page - hence my fascination with this latest work by her. Trust me- when you've completed reading BUTTERFLY you will wish to head straight to Mandarin China for a meal and wish to experience the cultural backdrop against which this novel is set. Highly recommended for "China watchers" like myself......but for those not necessarily preoccupied by China's culture and history - this story was intended for all to be provoked to speak out, to be fearless despite the juggernaut that may be the adversary.

A passage typical of the lucidity and refreshing beauty of O'Yang's prose:

"They say butterfly fish was made by Bodhisattva Guan Yin after she had a strange dream. Guan Yin looked at the star-studded body hauling a fantail so black like ink spilled in water. At that moment a butterfly floated past her. One thing other fish don't do, though. A real butterfly fish can change into a beautiful woman at night." "Did it?"

O'Yang, Julie (2011-12-21). Butterfly, A novel (With classic fan-shape illustrations) (Kindle Locations 2447-2449). Julie O'Yang. Kindle Edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metamorphosis 30 Dec 2011
By Robert Masterson - Published on
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Leaping across time and space, O'Yang's novel Butterfly pulls the reader into a world of almost supernatural secrecy and secrecy unleashed. The power of words and the consequence of actions weave together to show the reader a tense and complex relationship between the past and the present, between love and war, between culture and ethics, between patient and doctor, between the unreconciled longing within us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly 10 Jan 2012
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A tragic, sensual, passionate story that takes us to the East during The Second World War-Sino Japanese war. About forbidden love and the wrenching pain at the loss of a child. Poetically written it tells about a Chinese woman that is rejected by her husband after a tragedy and the ill-fated love affair with a much younger, Japanese soldier who has a past of his own. Beautiful, you find it almost personal. It dances with colors and words. Powerful is the need to love and be loved, to forgive and be forgiven.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising, heartbreaking - Butterfly 9 Jan 2012
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Butterfly, A novel, is a mesmerising literary work which melds fantasy with reality and past with present, to weave a story of love and forgiveness. Set amidst a backdrop of war and the cruelty of humans, which is depressingly palpable at times, Butterfly must metamorphose to survive - a metamorphosis of the heart, mind and body. Yang is an artist and her affinity and appreciation of natural beauty is apparent with powerful and original imagery of tantalising fish, mermaids and butterflies. Nature and mythology infuse the story with an ethereal quality and give the reader a wistful yearning to experience a love which transcends human boundaries. A haunting story with hope at it's core, the essence of Butterfly remains etched in your thoughts long after the words have faded. A truly worthwhile journey you must undertake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving only for the moment 27 May 2014
By David Thomson - Published on
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These two WW II era lovers enter a doomed relationship. He is Japanese and a war criminal. She is a Chinese woman involved in a unhappy marriage. Intensely passionate embraces provide the relationship with meaning---but little else. A warm and tender story. It will move you.
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