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Terse and Mysterious,
This review is from: Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather (Paperback)
This book of short stories is not for you if you are looking for a racy plot or for that matter any real plot at all.
While very little happens I was caught up by the wonderfully precise prose where things are described in unexpected ways and all things are confusing. I was often baffled by what I was reading and puzzled as to its meaning but it was a delightful not frustrating experience. Xingjian depicts the mundane as if it was magical and mysterious and so forces you to consider everything.
The story "In an instant" still confuses me after a good deal of thought and several readings but it is captivating with its colour and sound, the title work is hauntingly sad but strangely warm and "in the park" is a suspense filled masterpiece of what is not said.