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by Henry Zhao,Nicky Harman,Hong Ying

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ISBN: 0714530727
Author: Henry Zhao,Nicky Harman,Hong Ying
Language: English
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition Thus edition (November 1, 2002)
Pages: 262
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 448
Size Fb2: 1865 kb
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Hong Ying (Author), Henry Zhao (Translator), Nicky Harman (Translator) & 0 more. K is a book I read about once a year

Hong Ying (Author), Henry Zhao (Translator), Nicky Harman (Translator) & 0 more. K is a book I read about once a year. I love the erotic nature of the story and wish Hong Ying would write another just like K. Let me just say you won't be disappointed except when there is no more story to read. Give this book a try and you will see exactly what I'm talking about.

Hong Ying's svelte erotic thriller is based on the true story of the Bloomsbury poet Julian Bell and his affair with a married writer, Lin Cheng, in 1930s Beijing

Hong Ying's svelte erotic thriller is based on the true story of the Bloomsbury poet Julian Bell and his affair with a married writer, Lin Cheng, in 1930s Beijing. This is a very readable novel, skillfully crafted and gracefully rendered into English

Hong Ying, Nicky Harman (Translator). Henry Zhao (Translator). Hong Ying was born in Chongqing in 1962, towards the end of the Great Leap Forward

Hong Ying, Nicky Harman (Translator). Hong Ying was born in Chongqing in 1962, towards the end of the Great Leap Forward. She began to write at eighteen, leaving home shortly afterwards to spend the next ten years moving around China, exploring her voice as a writer via poems and short stories. After brief periods of study at the Lu Xun Academy in Beijing and Shanghai’s Fudan University, Hong Ying moved to London in 1991 where she as Hong Ying was born in Chongqing in 1962, towards the end of the Great Leap Forward.

Hong, Ying, 1962-; Harman, Nicky; Zhao, Yiheng.

by Hong Ying & translated by Nicky Harman & Henry Zhao. If it’s true (for media types, at least) that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then Hong has hit pay dirt.

Translated by Nicky Harman, June, 2004. Translated jointly by Nicky Harman and Hong Ying's husband, Henry Zhao. Marion Boyars Publishers.

Ying Hong, Yiheng Zhao. Set in 1930s China, this is a true but tragic tale of romance, sexual desire, and untimely death. Unable to realize their love in a society divided by cultural conflict and the threat of war, they eventually part: Julian to fight for the Loyalists in Spain and Lin to contemplate suicide in her husband’s house. Результаты поиска по книге. It appears that the author of K could not be happier that people are talking about the sexually explicit nature of her writing-touted as a Chinese Lady Chatterly's Lover-expressing her pleasure in the.

Unlike the other books banned in the PRC, this one was not banned by government censors but was banned due to a libel lawsuit filed by. .The book has been called China's Lady Chatterley's Lover for its explicit sexual content.

Unlike the other books banned in the PRC, this one was not banned by government censors but was banned due to a libel lawsuit filed by the daughter of Ling Shuhua, the model for Lin, the novel's main protagonist. In the 1930s, Julian Bell, nephew of Virginia Wolf, is teaching at a Chinese university and has a passionate affair with Lin Cheng, a writer and wife of the university dean.

Chen wants K: The Art Of Love banned in China. by Hong Ying (translated by Nicky Harman and Henry Zhao). But is Hong's book in the same league as D H Lawrence's effort? Well, K, as you would expect from the author responsible for the hard-hitting memoir Daughter Of The River, has its moments.

Set in 1930s China, this is a true but tragic tale of romance, sexual desire, and untimely death. Beautiful, intelligent, and schooled in the Daoist arts of love, Lin is married to a provincial university professor. Julian Bell, son of Vanessa Bell, and darling of the Bloomsbury set, has arrived in China, hungry for experience. Their mutual attraction leads to a passionate phy-sical and spiritual sojourn in Beijing. Unable to realize their love in a society divided by cultural conflict and the threat of war, they eventually part: Julian to fight for the Loyalists in Spain and Lin to contemplate suicide in her husband’s house.

Comments:

Coidor
Very nice story about life in China at a time of war. Although the war is not such a large feature in the story, the background of it shapes events and contrasts with the main characters day to day life. Superbly written and very sensual .
Hrguig
Nicely crafted, very well-written - extremely enjoyable. For anyone interested in Chinese (or Asian) historical fiction, this book is a very pleasant must read.
CrazyDemon
Nice reading. I am not used to read love story but this was nice stuff. I am bit confussed of using dao instead tao. Does not matter. They were nice couple...
Felhalar
K is the story of a strange encounter between two cultures. At the surface, it's about Chinese and English culture, and also about the very Martian culture of a man and the Venusian one of a woman. But it soon becomes clear that the protagonists aren't representing these cultures. If anything, they struggle to define an identity within small subcultures at the margins of their respective societies.

The Englishman, Julian Bell, is like his eponymous real-life model a product of the Bloomsbury Group which had a set of values quite radically different from what was considered normal at the time. Son of the painter Vanessa Bell (who had an open marriage with a bisexual man) and nephew of Virginia Woolf, he tends to judge everything with the measure of the intellectual cult he grew up in, and initially sneers at the idea that Chinese poets may be producing anything comparable.

The Chinese woman, called Lin Cheng in the novel, but based on the biography of the poet and writer Ling Shuhua, is also associated with an intellectual circle, the New Moon Society. Her contradiction is that she believes in the Daoist "Art of Love", which to her intellectual peers is just a feudal old nonsense. The arrival of the Englishman gives her the opportunity to put this theory into practice.

And practice they do, quite a bit, and it's sensitively and sensuously described in the novel, even in the English translation I read, which is by Nicky Harman and the author's husband Henry Zhao. The eroticism is, of course, a problem for some people in China and in the UK, and so it came to pass that Ling Shuhua's daughter sued the author for libel in Chinese courts for defamation of the dead, and eventually succeeded in having the book banned in mainland China.

It hasn't quite been banned in the UK, but I'm getting the impression that it has been ignored on purpose. I find it quite shocking that I couldn't find a single review of the book. The English edition was published in 2002, so if it has been reviewed, the reviews should be on the web. Probably people perceived it like the subject's nephew, whose name is also Julian Bell, who didn't object to its publication but compared it to "black lace" type genre fiction.

Maybe it takes readers with intercultural sensitivity to appreciate this, but this is definitely not black lace material (and unlike Julian Bell, I have read black lace novels, I even know somebody who writes them). K really has something to tell us about what happens when cultures collide. The culture clash proves a bit too much for the English protagonist, who concludes towards the end of the book: "The fanatical love of this Chinese woman, like the violence of the Revolution, and everything else Chinese, was simply too alien for him to comprehend or accept."

A version of this review is also included in my recent book: The noughties brought to book.
Snowskin
This is a fictional story about real-life people: Julian Bell and Ling Shuhua.

My Take
I suspect it's a cultural difference, but I did not find K: The Art of Love to be erotic. Primarily because I thought Julian Bell was a naive, selfish, egocentric "boy" playing with people. He wanted what he couldn't have, and as soon as he could have it, he didn't want it.

As far as I'm concerned, there was no loss to the world when he died. His family? Yeah...

My father-in-law was an artist and acquainted with the Bloomsbury group, and he wasn't impressed with them or their art. I suspect it was the art, or how it was applied all over the house, that was his main bone of contention with them. I haven't paid much attention to their personal lives as I've been more fascinated by the art--and how it was applied all over the house...*grin*...and the bits of Hong Ying's story that touches on the Bell/Woolf/Fry household help me understand better why Dad wasn't inspired by them. A group of people caught in the public eye who felt they had to continue to live up to their professed philosophies, however much it hurt.

Julian was probably typical of celebrity kids who feel a need to be as good as their parents, and I suspect he struggled all his life between feeling like the golden boy and wondering if he was any good. He definitely absorbed a sense of superiority from his extended family and believed anything that was dissimilar to what he (or his family) considered quality was inferior or childish. He was more interested in play than reality--wait'll you get to his foray onto the battlefield, oh brother--and he was extremely quick to interpret people's actions as he pleased without any input from them. And then base his decisions upon his interpretations.

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the wrongness of his selfish actions. It's odd, Hong Ying, in his introduction, hoped that the reader is able to feel the eroticism of his story. Unfortunately, it failed for me. Yes, the erotica is there, but I found the Daoist philosophy about sex more interesting than reading about a sexually frustrated woman eager to apply the Daoist teachings from the Jade Chamber Classic, "a legendary `Art of Love'", with a self-absorbed young man who is too terrified of the future--and doesn't sound like he's any good in bed. Then there's their insta-love for which Ying doesn't provide a reason. It's more as if he needs to have them get together, so, voila.

Julian suddenly decides he wants to kiss this married Chinese woman who has not indicated any interest in him, and when she jumps when he puts her hand on his [trouser-clad] *ahem*, this is his reaction:

"Julian was nonplussed. Had he moved too fast? Was it his *ahem* that had frightened her?"

The writing is stilted in parts and chunks of it sway between show and tell with a sense of being part of an outline that never got filled in, but I believe some of the stiltedness is due to English being Hong Ying's second language.

To be honest, I found this story dumb and annoying. I loved seeing this snapshot of the China of 1936 and how people lived, the different beliefs. Now if only we could have explored it without Julian getting in the way.

The Story
Julian Bell has received a invitation to teach at a Chinese university in Wuchang where he meets Lin Cheng, the wife of the dean of his department. A woman with whom he is almost instantly fascinated and pursues in spite of her reluctance.

A reluctance that falls away into an affair.

The Characters
Julian Bell is the son of Vanessa and Clive Bell of Bloomsbury fame; he's rude, selfish, quick to "defend his turf", and a child in a man's body. A renowned poet, he alternately basks in and questions his abilities even as he subconsciously appears to seek his own death.

Lin Cheng (in real life, Ling Shuhua) is a renowned Chinese writer, the editor of the Wuhan Daily Literary Supplement, and the wife of Professor Cheng, the dean of the School of Arts. Both are part of the New Moon Society.

Wizard and Vole--his names for the two servants who come with the house the university has found for him.

Sir Harold Acton is teaching at Peking University. Yi is the Chinese student Julian inveigles into helping him find the Red Army so Julian can play revolutionary. Too bad he's so clueless about the truth of war.

The Cover
The cover at first appears to be a pale pink fabric with handpainted blossoms descending from the upper left and a large "K" embroidered in the center, but when you really look, it's a woman's naked backside from shoulders to just below her buttocks.

The title references both Julian and Lin with "K" representing where Lin stands in the line-up of Julian's lovers and the art of love being Lin's Daoist philosophy combining to create K: The Art of Love.

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