Once on a Moonless Night (2020)

Once on a Moonless Night Dai Sijie AdrianaHunter Once on a Moonless Night From the author of the beloved best seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress a haunting tale of love and of the beguiling power of a lost language When Puyi the last emperor was exiled to Ma
  • Title: Once on a Moonless Night
  • Author: Dai Sijie AdrianaHunter
  • ISBN: 9781410419736
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
Once on a Moonless Night Dai Sijie AdrianaHunter From the author of the beloved best seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a haunting tale of love and of the beguiling power of a lost language.When Puyi, the last emperor, was exiled to Manchuria in the early 1930s, it is said that he carried an eight hundred year old silk scroll inscribed with a lost sutra composed by the Buddha Eventually the scroll would beFrom the author of the beloved best seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a haunting tale of love and of the beguiling power of a lost language.When Puyi, the last emperor, was exiled to Manchuria in the early 1930s, it is said that he carried an eight hundred year old silk scroll inscribed with a lost sutra composed by the Buddha Eventually the scroll would be sold illicitly to an eccentric French linguist named Paul d Ampere, in a transaction that would land him in prison, where he would devote his life to studying the ineffably beautiful ancient language of the forgotten text.Our unnamed narrator, a Western student in China in the 1970s, hears this story from the greengrocer Tumchooq his name the same as that of the language in which the scroll is written who has recently returned from three years of reeducation She will come again and again to Tumchooq s shop near the gates of the Forbidden City, drawn by the young man and his stories of an estranged father But when d Ampere is killed in prison, Tumchooq disappears, abandoning the narrator, now pregnant with his child And it is she, going in search of her lost love, who will at last find the missing scroll and discover the truth of the Buddha s lesson that begins Once on a moonless night in this story that carries us across the breadth of China s past, the myth and the reality.From the Hardcover edition.
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  1. Jim Fonseca

    This is a story told many by a young woman, a language and literature scholar from France, who is living in the Peking of the late 1970 s This is set in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, so everyone has lost loved ones and is damaged in some way She falls in love with a young Chinese man who is a green grocer by day but in his spare time is obsessed with the history of China and discovering supposedly lost scrolls written by a non Chinese ethnic group revealing the earliest days of Buddh [...]

  2. Georgia

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is one of my all time favorites, but I was completely unable to read Dai Sijie s following book, Mr Muo s traveling couch, despite picking it up repeatedly I think it just had too much of the depression and melancholy that defines much of Chinese literature A professor of Chinese literature once explained Chinese novels to me by telling me that one of the most famous books in Chinese literature ends with everyone dieing, even the dogs Only the flies are l [...]

  3. Sovotchka

    There aren t many things I dislike as much as discovering a new favourite in a book that isn t already on my shelves Because I know I ll have to return it, and I d rather not do so until I own it myself Once On A Moonless Night is such a book If you re into fast moving plots and suspense, this is not for you It is quiet and poetical, and even during dramatic moments, there is a sense of the inevitable that pulls you through and lets you look beyond day to day grievances There is an overarching r [...]

  4. Chris

    I m not sure quite how I feel about this book.It s beautiful, but there doesn t seem to be much plot This is strange because usually a lack of plot will drive me up a wall It makes me want to fling the book across the room and consider revoking my don t burn books rule Worse, the narrator is a woman, but I consistently forgot that Oh that s right, she has a womb because she is a she That usually clinches the deal.But not this one Not this time.Okay, there is something of a plot, a search for an [...]

  5. Katy

    I almost didn t finish this book It s very stream of consciousness with very complicated voices, so I d often have trouble remembering who was talking about whom It has random passages that don t seem to link to the rest of the story It gives you that feeling that if you were just a bit smarter and could GET IT, you d have this really deep and fantastic story but too bad, you re not smart enough.

  6. Gerund

    China born French novelist and filmmaker Dai Sijie has a thing for stories involving stories In his acclaimed debut novel Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress 2000 , three Chinese teenagers during the Cultural Revolution find escape in a forbidden stash of Western novels His second, Mr Muo s Travelling Couch 2003 , combines Freud s The Interpretation Of Dreams with allusions to Cervantes Don Quixote.In his latest novel Once Upon A Moonless Night, translated from the French by Adriana Hunter, [...]

  7. Elsa

    Par une nuit o la lune ne s est pas lev e, Dai SijeUne tr s belle d couverte sur le chemin de la sagesse en Chine.Ce roman raconte les souvenirs d une jeune occidentale, son amour pour un jeune gar on chinois et de l histoire qui le lie un parchemin de soie, crit dans une langue myst rieuse, le tumchouq, et longtemps d tenu dans les collections des empereurs de Chine Il a passionn le dernier empereur mais la moiti s est perdue du temps Chaque personnage du r cit est li de pr t ou de loin ce text [...]

  8. Dakota Lane

    POTENTIAL SPOI LER ALERT ONLY IF I AM PSYCHIC warning It is my kind of book and i still have not finsished, it as it is saving my life i barely dare read than five pages a day there are flaws, like the female westerner, not that female, i didn t know she was a a she til page 60 or so but that s probably ME but i m not that female or western either so i am convinced why start with flaws is a masterpiece and is the first adult book i mgiht refer to as my FAVORITE BOOK.but am ickle is the potentia [...]

  9. Larry

    Pardon the mixing of cultures in my comparison of this story to nesting dolls chinese story russian doll type but that is what it brings to my mind, each doll seems to tell another story as you read, but ultimately they are the sum whole of their parts A rich tapestry of a story that sometimes seems to shift so effortlesly in an out of backstory, personal narrative and legend of a scroll and its translation and subsequent meaning to drive some to madness including the reader if s he has a stray [...]

  10. Sarah

    A surprisingly long read for such a small book Much like his Balzac I liked it but he lost my interest about halfway through and it became a bit hard to finish without my mind wandering I think the problem is that the characters, particularly the narrator, seem to be explored academically rather than with empathy So, when their narrative becomes less interesting or relevant , you don t really care what happens to them His secondary characters, such as Paul d Ampere or even Tomchooq, are evocati [...]

  11. Writerlibrarian

    More like 3 3 4 stars, just shy of 4 The middle part lagged a little hence three stars This is Dai Sijie third novels, his first since winning the Femina in 2003 with Le complexe de Di It s a slow and somewhat nostalgic narrative We follow the narrator, a young French woman who studied Chinese in Beijing in the late 1970 s, fell in love with a young Chinese man with a troubled past Both their lives are entwined in the most singular yet delightful way Both become obsessed with a long lost silk sc [...]

  12. Jacqueline

    I think this book is destined to become a classic Its episodic nature could turn off some less than diligent readers, but for those who persevere the rewards are great There are several chapters that could be novels in their own right, so it can seem quite condensed The plot turns on the search for a missing piece of an ancient scroll, but along the way it evokes the human search for the ineffable, the collective unconscious memory of a lost paradise, the human desire to make sense of existence [...]

  13. Dania

    I gave this book a real shot I need to admit that I only read it thoroughly up until about the 63rd page and then a skimmed the rest It s sad because I was really excited and looking forward to reading this one While reading it, it felt like the author was just rambling on in a stream of consciousness filled with historical information My mind kept wandering and I could feel myself drift off, which is such a pity.

  14. Gabriela

    Este o carte buna cu un potential urias Daca ar fi putin mai lunga, mai incapatoare pentru uriasa si frumoasa poveste, ar fi excelent In 300 de pagini totul pare mult prea inghesuit si grabit parca.

  15. Brian

    Much of the time, when reading Once on a Moonless Night, I was confused as to who was narrating, where we were in time, why scenes or tales were told, and what was happening I cared little for the first person narrator, was frustrated by the lack of access to the interesting Paul DeAmpere, and found no satisfaction in the unresolved love story.

  16. Elysa

    This book was very hard to read but as I described it to my bookclub friends I think it was trying to capture something difficult to describe I will remember this book.

  17. Jim Elkins

    No, no, no return return As Ezra Pound said of his early collection A lume spento this is a collection of stale cream puffs One on a Moonless Night is contemporary, but Dai Sijie s imagination is embalmed the period between 1890 and 1920 the period of romantic Sinology, of Fennolosa, Binyon, and even Ezra Pound The period when an aesthete s most obscure and arcane imaginings conjured a rare perfume, a fragrance so refined, so delicate and faded that it could hardly be perceived The book s aesthe [...]

  18. WF Boey

    I really liked Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress, but found this book slightly disappointing I can t really empathise with the narrator it took me a long while to even realise she was meant to be a woman There isn t really a feminine perspective The long historical tracts were not always interesting, though they should be I admit I skipped the narrator s thesis proposal it annoyed me The idea of stories within stories is interesting, but somehow the delivery is not consistent The best par [...]

  19. Catherine Woodman

    THe book and the author are transitioning between two cultures China and France, and the dance between the two is very unusual What a fascinating book On the surface it is part language study, part romance, and part mystery It also has adventure, tragedy and awakening Deeper, it takes the reader on a trip through a millennium Sijie, though writing in French, maintains a Chinese style of story telling We always sense there is something just outside our conscious understanding of what we re readi [...]

  20. Kelle

    I still have to become acquainted with my new library and, as the new fiction section is in plain sight when you walk in the door, I ve been doing the random pick up a book and check it out thing This book was not entirely what I expected On the jacket synopsis, it says that this is a book about a student studying in China who falls in love with a green grocer who is looking for a lost silk scroll which may contain a core teaching of Buddha I know Interesting What followed is what I am sure was [...]

  21. Monica

    There are so many stories in this small book The story of Pu Yi and his frenzied attack on an ancient manuscript as the Japanese fly him into exile The story of Paul d Ampere and his quest to study the ancient language of the scroll even when he is sent to a re education camp The story of life in that camp The story of d Ampere s son Tumchook, named for the lost language, greengrocer, good son, monk The story of the power hungry Dowager Empress Cixi and the crimes she committed to retain power T [...]

  22. Michelle

    The book links 1970 s China with its historical past through a silk scroll once belonging to the Emperor Huizong The scroll passes on to the last emperor and is ripped apart by him and tossed away in his plane ride away from China The missing pieces are purported to contain a Buddhist sutra in an unknown language This ties back through a student translator from the U.S who by chance meets an grocer whose family has ties to the missing pieces The author fully characterizes the contemporary mood a [...]

  23. Emily

    I was a bit disappointed by Once on a Moonless Night after reading Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress I thought that the plot of this book was all over the place and difficult to follow It bounces all over the world and it is hard to find any kind of point it just feels like a bunch of disparate events with no connection to each other Also in many places it seems like the plot would get sidetracked with long anecdotes I found it difficult to sympathize with or understand the main character [...]

  24. Jesse Field

    There is definitely something not Chinese about these sentences, something French instead, perhaps in the piling of present participles along a path towards what seems at first no destination, but what is later revealed as a particular materiality, like a Chinese garden path that leads to a gnarled old tree, warped stones, or a smoothly running brook.The illumination this author gave me was not that of philosophers, or even quick witted intellectuals, but the low angled light of a setting sun, r [...]

  25. Stacie

    Both of Dai Sigie s earlier works are favorites of mine, but Once on a Moonless Night did not live up to my expectations It could be in part due to my sporadic reading of the book for the first three quarters I would only read it two pages at a time the last quarter I was just trying to finish it Yes, I m one of those insane individuals that needs to finish a book This left me constantly backtracking and wondering who was describing what.Despite my reading habits the past few months, the story l [...]

  26. Roane Swindon

    It took me a little while to get into this novel, but in the end it was well worth it Dai Sijie has a power with words that make his descriptions effortless and his story filled with life and colour His characters are intriguing and real, and you can t help but wonder what happens on their journeys.On the other hand, sometimes his writing is convoluted, and there s too much detail, losing you on its way The writing is still beautiful, and I would recommend this novel if you re looking for someth [...]

  27. John Otto

    I really wanted to like this book I like Sijie s Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress My wife likes the book and recommended it for our book club But I just couldn t get into it I re read the first 20 pages about three times trying to make sense of it Names pop up without any introduction and then when they re mentioned again, I had to go back and try to figure out who that character is There are essentially three narrators, and the point of view keeps shifting without warning After I finally got t [...]

  28. Lavinia

    Very complex and in certain points hard to follow at a certain point the authour was being told a story by a guy, who was telling the story that a friend of his had told him, and the friend had heard the story from another guy Add to that the oriental names, which for me sound the same, since I m not used to them and you ll understand that from time to time I got confused But still a very nice and interesting story, it is so easy to believe you are reading real history, and not fiction And, real [...]

  29. Ellen

    There is something very unusual about this book in the way the author moves through time and the characters A couple of times I found myself becoming a little detached because I d start feeling a little lost, but the beautiful writing kept me and brought be back when that happened I read this quite slowly and I m not sure if that was a good or bad thing I very much recommend this book and suggest that the reader try to just allow the writing to wash over them as Dai Sijie has the ability to tran [...]

  30. Sharon

    Dai Sijie has written this book using the longest sentences ever,all filled with elaborate and detailed imagery He has twisted his stories in and out of worlds ranging from ancient Chinese Empires through Communist China to modern Beijing and in so doing, you have a history lesson of China told from a very intimate point of view The stories are all tied together by the overarching story of the eight hundred year old silk scroll inscribed with a lost sutra composed by the Buddha I feel I know Chi [...]

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