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Kinder Than Solitude - Yiyun Li
Kinder Than Solitude
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A profound mystery is at the heart of this magnificent new novel by Yiyun Li, “one of America’s best young novelists” (Newsweek) and the celebrated author of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Moving back and forth in time, and between America today and China in the... show more
A profound mystery is at the heart of this magnificent new novel by Yiyun Li, “one of America’s best young novelists” (Newsweek) and the celebrated author of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Moving back and forth in time, and between America today and China in the 1990s, Kinder Than Solitude is the story of three people whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed. As Boyang observes, “Even the most innocent person, when cornered, is capable of a heartless crime.”When Moran, Ruyu, and Boyang were young, they were involved in a mysterious “accident” in which a friend of theirs was poisoned. Now grown up and estranged, the three friends are separated by these events, and by time and distance. Moran and Ruyu live in the United States, Boyang in China, yet all three are haunted by what really happened that day, and by doubt about themselves. In California, Ruyu helps Celia care for her family and home, and avoids entanglements, as she has done all of her life. In Wisconsin, Moran visits her ex-husband, whose kindness once overcame her flight into solitude. In Beijing, Boyang struggles to deal with an inability to love, and with the outcome of what happened among the three friends twenty years ago. Brilliantly written, a breathtaking page-turner, Kinder Than Solitude resonates with provocative observations about human nature and life. In mesmerizing prose, and with profound philosophical insight, Yiyun Li unfolds this remarkable story, even as she explores the impact of personality and the past on the shape of a person’s present and future.  Advance praise for Kinder Than Solitude “Yiyun Li is a high modernist. She infuses the traditional form with a fresh, rigorous beauty. Her novel is as clean and sharp and smart as a great piece of midcentury furniture, with that sense of permanence and increasing value.”—Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400068142 (1400068142)
ASIN: 1400068142
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 312
Edition language: English
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DubaiReader
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3.0 Death would be kinder than solitude.
Death would be kinder than solitude. I loved Yiyun Li's previous book, The Vagrants (5 stars), but I just didn't click with The Kindness of Solitude in the same way. I found this latest book to be a much denser read, with too much philosophising for my taste. It was also billed as a mystery aroun...
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3.0 Kinder Than Solitude
This book was on one of those “Best Books to Read This Year” lists, so of course I added it to my TBR pile. In the summary and reviews, it is described as “magnificent”, “brilliantly written”, and “a breathtaking page-turner”. So when I saw it was available on NetGalley, I was thrilled. Then, I star...
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2.0 BOOKSHOTS: Kinder than Solitude by Yiyun Li
Title: Kinder than Solitude Who wrote it? Yiyun Li, MacArthur Fellow and PEN/Hemingway Award-winner Plot in a Box: Alternating between past and present, China and America, an omniscient narrator traces the lives of three childhood friends. Invent a new title for this book: The Tang Dyn...
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