Li Bai's Shadow

Li Bai's Shadow

by Lee J Mavin


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It appears I have undoubtedly been mysteriously transported to a young child's bedroom, her name is Caitlin and she is of course very fond of my poetry. However despite this unusual occurrence I miss my homelands, dreadfully. This dry and scorching hot city, that she calls Sydney is beyond any distance I can comprehend, but I have always been a traveler, so I am contempt with the path I have stumbled upon. Her mother has faded into the shadow, so I must guide her, keep her safe and share a glass or two of good wine. It is rather odd that her father behaves like I don't exist, it is at the very least disrespectful, doesn't he know who I am? Why I am none other than the world's greatest poet to have ever lived, Li Bai and my words have been etched in history and sang throughout the ages with the guzzling of wine. Yes indeed, I have informed and educated the girl on the most important pleasures of the world, to drink wine whenever one desires to, though she is still a youngling, it is rather amusing to watch her chant my poems in a drunken stupor. Together we will drink and recite my old rhymes and perhaps not long after I will figure out how to get home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537174228
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/19/2016
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lee J Mavin is the author of The Students Sold Us Secrets volumes One and Two (He's working on volume three now) and The Intergalactic Custody Battle. He holds the annual Students Told Us Secrets short story competition for ages 12-18 and he has also taught Japanese, Chinese fiction, ESL and creative writing from primary to territory levels.

He lives in Sydney with his wife Grace, who has been married to for ten years and his two children Declan and Charlotte. He previously lived in Shizuoka, Japan and Shanghai where he discovered the poet Li Bai and also taught English. Since then he has completed his Masters in Creative Writing and continues to teach ESL in Sydney to adults from all corners of the globe.

Lee J Mavin enjoys reading horror, fantasy, science fiction and poetry. He normally selects books by new authors he hasn't heard of, regularly in these genres as he believes in supporting indie authors all over the world. When he is not busy discovering the next Stephen King he often dwells over lines of ancient Chinese poetry and debates post-game NBA statistical analysis. He tries not to spend too much time online and reads and writes between ESL lessons whenever he can.

Strangely enough, he is also a pretty inexperienced driver, having just got his license to drive a few years ago. Though he doesn't let the monotonous Sydney traffic frustrate him too much and is always thinking about a new plotline and a new character.

Customer Reviews

Li Bai's Shadow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read! Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading and pondering it. It is a book that I will read and probably re-read in time. The book is about a young girl, Caitlin Wang. The heart-warming tale follows the child of this young girl with OCD. She has an imaginary friend, Li Bai. He only exists in her mind now. But she clearly sees him in her dollhouse. Li Bai is not a complete imaginary figure though. He did exist in 700 AD. So, despite the fact that Li Bai is not really in her dollhouse now, it is not a completely unrealistic tale. Caitlin is a lonely child, and trusts Li Bai with all of her secrets, longings, hopes and dreams. She communicates with him and shares things that no one else knows. Her mother was dead and her father didn’t take her seriously. He doubted her and she was always second-guessed by her father. Once she reaches the age of 18, Caitlin runs away to Shanghai, China. The details of this are wonderful and are captured vividly by the author as he describes Caitlin to be exploring a new place. It is almost a magical description. Marvin writes this book in a poetic manner. It is a book that is as intriguing as it is interesting. It is a book that can be read by adolescents who have lost a parent and who have always have the urge to run away from all that is familiar and painful. The storyline with Caitlin switches between her fantasy and the real-world, but in the end, it comes together with a respect for new newfound independence. I loved the book from beginning to end! I will recommend it to all adolescent girls that I come into contact with in my community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of a kind! Fantastic writing and story From the very first page of the book, I was immediately drawn to this story. I'm very fond of poetry and particularly good writing and this book has them both. There is a vivid display of imagination and really lovely and realistic characters all combined into one immersive story. Li Bai's shadow is one of my best reads in a long time. It is unique and heartwarming. It also gives you a beautiful insight of OCD and the relationship between a father and daughter in this coming-to-age story of Caitlin and her strange best friend. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fiction in a modern setting with touches of history. It speaks of friendship, love and family. And how the most unlikely person comes into our life to completely change it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I chose to read Li Bai’s Shadow! It is one of the most delightful books I’ve read in a long time. This story follows Caitlin Wang, who, at 18 years old at the novel’s beginning, tells the readers that her best friend is none other than Li Bai- the classical Chinese poet. Caitlin is quirky, uniquely herself, and charms the readers from the first page. I was drawn into this novel by the mystery surrounding Li Bai- is he real? Imaginary? A dream? A memory? The concept of the story draws the readers in and keeps you going as you experience the mystery of Li Bai through the eyes of all the main characters. My favorite moments from this book were when Caitlin began her journey in Shanghai - I loved the way these chapters were written, perfectly capturing the thrill of journeying to a new place, or one that has familiarity from years ago, and the anticipation of meeting a prospective lover. I caught myself smiling while reading these sections of the book :).The book is well-written and flows perfectly. It’s light, engaging, and entertaining and will have you smiling the whole way through. Li Bai’s Shadow is one I’ll definitely be passing on to others!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are some books that talk to you on a spiritual level. The moment I stumbled upon this book I was instantly drawn into how readable it is. This engaging story transported me to another world, consumed by the mystery. All the characters were intense, especially Li Bai; a simple man yet a mystery. This book made me realize the truth of when you think you know a path, it turns to another. This book is easy to read yet the words would transport you to another world. ‘’Wicked shadows are forming on her face, like ghastly spirits stretching their fingers. I try to touch her hand, but my fingers go right through. She is fading away before me and I dread her leaving so soon I reach for my wine and drink. It caresses my mouth and throat with its beautiful flavour. I hand the bottle to Caitlin and she tips it to her mouth. She smiles and her snowy white cheeks rise ever so lightly. A gust of warm wind passes over us. Perhaps, she is not leaving at all.’’ These words are so beautifully chosen and described that they made me close my eyes and get lost in them, this is what I felt. This book peaked my curiosity and made me question if Li Bai was real. Was he a fragment of Caitlin’s imagination or a belonged to an alternate universe who came and introduced Caitlin to wine. At every step this book made me wonder what else he intended for the young girl. The point of views of different characters was refreshing to read because it always gives you an insight into different characters and help you relate to them. This mystic story reveals itself from so many points of view that it becomes a test to wonder how real Li Bai is. He is real to some characters, to others an imaginary friend. This is one of those stories that I couldn't put down until I finished. Excellent piece of literature. Then some parts of this book truly touched my heart and my soul. ‘’My Caitlin looks mystified when sees the bird fly away with the message. Her eyes are wide as she watches the loyal bird do her duty. What follows is a blissful silence that I haven’t experienced in an eternity. Then the wind, whispers through the trees and I am most sure that my Caitlin has never experienced such stillness, given her expression. She is falling in love with sky and the air around us. Above us, the starry night shines in all its brilliance. Millions of twinkling, silver stars above us are lighting the thick blackness of the night. The air is so fresh, filled with scents Caitlin has never dreamed of before. The scent of sweet fruits and tea leaves drift by us. She is breathing in new life.’’ This is where I fell in love with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great science fiction book with lots of fantasy elements that have been really appealing to me. Lee is a really capable writer and it’s shown throughout the entire novel, so this is worth pointing out because most of today’s writers can be quite uneven. This is a great story complemented with a lot of literary aplomb. This is a story everyone should read, in my opinion, and one that would be of massive appeal to fantasy readers everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poetry is one of the hardest artistic forms because it relies on very little space and a lot of emotional content, which is something most writers are not willing to do these days and they often find it very hard to cope with. Lee doesn’t fall in this scenario and I am very happy for that; because this is a fantastic poetry book; it’s fun, it’s well-written and you are going to enjoy each and every single piece you find in this little chest of wonders. Poetry is not what it used to be, that has to be said, but you every now and then you find books such as this that can make you restore your faith in the whole thing. Great book, great poet. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, I liked it so much that I've read it more than once and is that the character of Li Bai is amazing. I have felt so identified with her, her way of living life and her poetry is such a special feature that the reader makes her think and even reflect on her own life. I wish there could be other books on this subject, I loved it. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's just a great book to read. I won't spoil much of the content; I'm just going to say that it's worth reading.