Silk Road

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SILK ROAD takes you into the golden age of China's multi-cultural Tang dynasty. Aided by ghosts, goddesses, dragons, and her own determination, the heroine becomes a courtesan, a musician, a runaway, a wandering swordswoman, a poet, and more.

"Larsen has used a dazzling diversity of prose styles to adroitly demonstrate how history is transmuted through the centuries into something not quite true, yet not entirely false...an illuminating and absorbing story."

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Overview

SILK ROAD takes you into the golden age of China's multi-cultural Tang dynasty. Aided by ghosts, goddesses, dragons, and her own determination, the heroine becomes a courtesan, a musician, a runaway, a wandering swordswoman, a poet, and more.

"Larsen has used a dazzling diversity of prose styles to adroitly demonstrate how history is transmuted through the centuries into something not quite true, yet not entirely false...an illuminating and absorbing story."

Publishers Weekly

"A joyful blend of scholarship and fancy and an appreciation of the simple, strong, lyrical line of Chinese verse. But this is mainly magical fun."

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In eighth-century China, Greenpearl, the daughter of a Chinese general, is kidnapped by Tibetan raiders and sold into slavery, beginning a picaresque adventure involving three related quests that emanate from the celestial as well as the human realm. An ``enchanting, ingeniously constructed first novel,'' lauded PW. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440138881
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 452
  • Sales rank: 1,118,371
  • Product dimensions: 1.01 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Larsen's books include the other two novels in her Avalokitesvara trilogy, Bronze Mirror and Manchu Palaces, as well as James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: A Book of Poems, Brocade River Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao, and Williow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women's Poems from Tang China. She teaches at Hollins University in Virginia. Back Cover Copy:SILK ROAD takes you into the golden age of China's multi-cultural Tang dynasty. Aided by ghosts, goddesses, dragons, and her own determination, the heroine becomes a courtesan, a musician, a runaway, a wandering swordswoman, a poet, and more.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Intriguing, well-researched and emotional

    Reviewed by Randy Farnsworth, author of ¿A Stand Yet Taken¿. Larsen's novel is a very refreshing view of male-dominated ancient China, told by a woman from a woman's perspective. The story follows the life of a diety that has been mortalized in order to experience life as a human. It's told in several parts, depicting major chapters in the protagonist's life. The tale is part fantasy, part history, part drama, and told in a very unique way. Larsen's language is eloquent and engaging. At times, she uses the first person viewpoint of the heroine/protagonist; other times switching to the flowery diction of a marketplace storyteller; and at other times using a more traditional omniscient narration and even a fair amount of poetry, which plays a major role in the outcome of the story. The story itself is fun and challenging to read; I really enjoyed it. However, there are parts that for me seemed too drawn out, where I wished the main characters would just get on with whatever they were doing. But don't worry, each slow part is followed by many quicker-moving and more exciting events. Perhaps Larsen is trying to make a point about something, but it seems that almost all the characters, both male and female, are extremely lascivious sluts, not really caring who or what they sleep with and what gender their partners are. I found that aspect of the book to be less enjoyable. I would have much preferred the main character to have avoided her fate as a glorified call girl. But again, perhaps the author is trying to tell us something about ancient Chinese culture. I would caution younger readers though, before reading this book.

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