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  • ISBN13:9780231175548
  • ISBN10:023117554X
  • Publisher:Columbia University Press
  • Language:English
  • Author:Ang Li
  • Binding:Hardback
  • SUPC: SDL057161531

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In this eloquent and atmospheric novel, Li Ang further cements her reputation as one of our most sophisticated contemporary Chinese-language writers. The Lost Garden moves along two parallel lines, a family saga and a cat-and-mouse courtship in modern-day Taipei. As the protagonists' romance dulls, they are forced on a quest to rediscover enchantment. The Lost Garden is a moving portrait of the losses incurred as we struggle to hold on to our passions.

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The Lost Garden is an eloquent portrait of the losses incurred as we struggle to hold on to our passions. The novel begins with the family of Zhu Yinghong, whose father, Zhu Zuyan, was imprisoned in the early days of Chiang Kai-shek's rule. Zhu Zuyan spends his days luxuriating in his Lotus Garden, which he builds according to his own desires. Forever under suspicion, he indulges as much as he can in circumscribed pleasures, though they drain the family fortune. Eventually the entire household is sold, including the Lotus Garden. The novel then swings to modern-day Taipei, where Zhu Yinghong falls for Lin Xigeng, a real estate tycoon and playboy. Their cat-and-mouse courtship builds against the extravagant banquets and decadent entertainments of Taipei's wealthy businessmen. Though the two ultimately marry, their high-styled romance dulls over time, leading to a dangerous, desperate quest to reclaim the enchantment of the Lotus Garden.

Review Quotes

1.

A beautifully written novel, from a prominent and prolific Taiwanese writer, including multiple themes of love, gender, sex, capitalism, as well as ethnic identity and Taiwan's historical and political memory. This expertly executed translation is long overdue.--Yenna Wu, University of California, Riverside

2.

This novel's dense sensuality - from its tropical flora to its frenetic lust - weaves time and space into mesmerizing patterns, like the looping paths of the title garden itself.--Joseph Allen, University of Minnesota

3.

Sylvia Li-chun Lin's graceful translation of" The Lost Garden" captures the enigmas of one of Li Ang's most important novels. Stories of an old Chinese garden replanted with native Taiwanese species, a sultry island with a buried past, and liaisons between old money and nouveau riche hint at torrid energies and hidden traps in Taiwan's postwar past.--Jeffrey Kinkley, St. John's University

4.

Encoded with an impressive array of tantalizing allegorical meanings, complete with a fantastical re-envisioning of Taiwan's local history and its ancestral ties with China, Li Ang's The Lost Garden has often been read as a political parable. Yet the novel boasts other arresting features as well, among them the author's daring treatment of female sexuality--taken here as the core of the relentless war between the sexes--in the mise en sc?ne of a modish urban romance.--Sung-Sheng Yvonne Chang, University of Texas at Austin

5.

This novel's dense sensuality--from its tropical flora to its frenetic lust--weaves time and space into mesmerizing patterns, like the looping paths of the title garden itself.--Joseph Allen, author of "Taipei: City of Displacements"

6.

Stories of an old Chinese garden replanted with native Taiwanese species, a sultry island with a buried past, and liaisons between old money and nouveau riche hint at torrid energies and hidden traps in Taiwan's postwar past.--Jeffrey Kinkley, author of "Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel"

7.

A knowing and astute novel.--Bradley Winterton"Taipe Times" (01/01/0001)

8.

A beautifully written novel, from a prominent and prolific Taiwanese writer, including multiple themes of love, gender, sex, capitalism, as well as ethnic identity and Taiwan's historical and political memory. This expertly executed translation is long overdue.

--Yenna Wu, University of California, Riverside

9.

Encoded with an impressive array of tantalizing allegorical meanings, complete with a fantastical re-envisioning of Taiwan's local history and its ancestral ties with China, Li Ang's The Lost Garden has often been read as a political parable. Yet the novel boasts other arresting features as well, among them the author's daring treatment of female sexuality--taken here as the core of the relentless war between the sexes--in the mise en sc?ne of a modish urban romance.

--Sung-Sheng Yvonne Chang, University of Texas at Austin

10.

This novel's dense sensuality--from its tropical flora to its frenetic lust--weaves time and space into mesmerizing patterns, like the looping paths of the title garden itself.

--Joseph Allen, author of Taipei: City of Displacements

11.

Stories of an old Chinese garden replanted with native Taiwanese species, a sultry island with a buried past, and liaisons between old money and nouveau riche hint at torrid energies and hidden traps in Taiwan's postwar past.

--Jeffrey Kinkley, author of Corruption and Realism in Late Socialist China: The Return of the Political Novel

12.

A knowing and astute novel.

--Bradley Winterton"Taipe Times" (01/01/0001)

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