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Book Title: Three Chinese Poets|
The size of the: 885 KB
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: September 29th 1993
The author of the book: Vikram Seth
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780060950248
Read full description of the books Three Chinese Poets:To be honest, I only picked this book because a few weeks ago, I noticed that a fellow reviewer had very much enjoyed her experience with a book on poetry. I had been wanting to read some serious poetry for sometime anyway. So, here I was, an action genre lover trying to foray into a world I hardly understand much less about the narrower section which reveres Chinese poets from centuries ago.
End result, I didn't get it. Probably will not for a long time.
This book is for some serious connoisseurs of poetry. Beginners and wannabe poetry lovers (like me) should mind their business elsewhere.
Now, having said that, I am giving four stars for the only poem I enjoyed, "Drinking alone with the the moon" by Li Bai(one of the three poets showcased in this book), my favorite excerpt:
A pot of wine among the flowers.
I drink alone, no friend with me.
I raise my cup to invite the moon.
He and my shadow and I make three.
Read information about the authorVikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.
During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse (1986) was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California. A Suitable Boy (1993), an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, got him the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
His poetry includes The Humble Administrator's Garden (1985) and All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990). His Beastly Tales from Here and There (1992) is children's book consisting of ten stories in verse about animals.
In 2005, he published Two Lives, a family memoir written at the suggestion of his mother, which focuses on the lives of his great-uncle (Shanti Behari Seth) and German-Jewish great aunt (Henny Caro) who met in Berlin in the early 1930s while Shanti was a student there and with whom Seth stayed extensively on going to England at age 17 for school. As with From Heaven Lake, Two Lives contains much autobiography.
An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un- or thinly-disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.
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