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Hardcover  ↠ Yksinäisyyttä kalliimpaa ePUB ñ Vaikuttava tarina menneeseen vangituista ihmisist Nelj yst v ja murhayritys Onko joku kolmesta syyllinen Yiyun Li kietoo koukuttavaan murhamysteeriin haikean, hienosyisen romaaninShaoai kuolee kiduttuaan ylivuotta vammautuneena myrkyst jota sai nuorena tytt n Tiivis yst v piiri oli paikalla myrkytyksen sattuessa, mutta syyllinen ei koskaan selvinnyt Miksi joku yst vyksist olisi yritt nyt tappaa Shaoain Sittemmin porukka on hajonnut kaksi on muuttanut Amerikkaan, yksi j nyt Kiinaan, mutta kaikkia painaa edelleen menneisyyden taakka Monitahoinen tarina liikkuu nyky Amerikan jaluvun Kiinan v lill ja on samalla oivaltava kuvaus Kiinan globalisoitumisesta In this stunning, introspective novel of loneliness and detachment, two women Moran, and Ruyu, and one man, Boyang are illuminated in the months before and the decades after a tragedy As teenagers, they banded together in their communal Beijing neighborhood Shaoai, an outspoken dissident of the Chinese government, was poisoned, apparently an accident, in the shadow of the Tiananmen Square protests She takes twenty years to die, although the massive deterioration begins early Soon after th In this stunning, introspective novel of loneliness and detachment, two women Moran, and Ruyu, and one man, Boyang are illuminated in the months before and the decades after a tragedy As teenagers, they banded together in their communal Beijing neighborhood Shaoai, an outspoken dissident of the Chinese government, was poisoned, apparently an accident, in the shadow of the Tiananmen Square protests She takes twenty years to die, although the massive deterioration begins early Soon after this harrowing event, the three friends, in a tacit pact, drift away from one other, circumscribing their adult lives with self imposed emotional quarantines.The novel opens in Beijing, and seamlessly alternates in time and place between China and America As the story examines the lives of Boyang, Moran, and Ruyu, as teens when the tragedy occurred and now as middle aged adults, their shared parallels of solitude are probed, and the mystery of Shaoai s poisoning is gradually revealed They haven t spoken to each other in twenty years, and all three are divorced, childless, and detached from passion and fulfillment.Ruyu, an orphan from the provinces, is sent by her grandaunts at age 15 to live with Shaoai s parents in Beijing They want her to get a better education Shaoai and her friends treat Ruyu with a haughty truculence Ruyu, however, is an inward girl, lacking social graces, a cipher to others She is aloof, inscrutable, and privately prays to God She doesn t seek others out, much to their frustration.Boyang and Moran, longtime friends, reach out to Ruyu, who accepts their friendship with a general indifference She is unused to the community spirit of her new home, where many families convene together in the shared quadrangle Boyang is the son of wealthy college professors, who he visits on weekends they left him to be raised by his grandmother while they pursued their ambitions Moran is the equalizer she is eager to nurture For her, life was a series of ideal moments, filled with a larger dose of joy Unfortunately, Shaoia s poisoning leaves them all contaminated with psychic toxins As adults, they sought out lives to subvert their memories, at the same time reeling from them Those seeking sanctuary in misremembering did not separate what had happened from what could have happened Boyang stayed in Beijing, while Moran and Ruyu left for separate parts of America All are locked away in prisons they have built for themselves Boyang, divorced, is a wealthy businessman, getting by in a series of superficial relationships with younger women Ruyu keeps herself sequestered in a restrained life as an underachiever Moran, working for a pharmaceutical company in Massachusetts, still keeps in touch with her ex husband, but divorced him in order to maintain an emotional void And yet, She was afraid of meeting another person like her, butthan that she was afraid of never meeting another person like her, who, however briefly, would look into her eyes so that she knew she was not alone in her loneliness Li s measured narrative combines finely calibrated characters and elegant, elegiac prose The tone evoked a grey chill, but not entirely bleak There was a haze of something brighter around the edges of the story a wish for redemption and forgiveness There was sympathy for their guarded enclosures, like a sweet spot buried under their memories and their isolation To know the world, for a child, is to ask questions, but the situation leading to those questions, once answered, are forgotten having garnered enough knowledge, one enters adulthood only to be confronted byquestions, which, no longer answerable, form the context of one s being Coping mechanisms For how long can one cling on to them with a quiet desperation Long after grief subsided, long after the ache dealt by the blow of tragedy dulled, Ruyu, Moran and Boyang continued to let their lives revolve around their coping mechanisms In place of a youthful lust for life and unbounded optimism they made a gaping emptiness their constant companion, drew strength from their blunt indifference to the world at large, never caring for the interminable flow of time and living f Coping mechanisms For how long can one cling on to them with a quiet desperation Long after grief subsided, long after the ache dealt by the blow of tragedy dulled, Ruyu, Moran and Boyang continued to let their lives revolve around their coping mechanisms In place of a youthful lust for life and unbounded optimism they made a gaping emptiness their constant companion, drew strength from their blunt indifference to the world at large, never caring for the interminable flow of time and living from one moment to the next one No expectations from those who touched their lives fleetingly Relationships established and subsequently shed like second skins just as easily An impenetrable fog of nothingness separated these three individuals from the world around them Deeply afraid of tenuous attachment, they chose the secure comfort of solitude.Orphaned in infancy, Ruyu had her perception of morality blurred by the blind religious fervor with which her grandaunts tried to indoctrinate her and later by Shaoai s everyday small cruelties Disillusioned with life at a tender age, she could only snub gentle Moran s offer of friendship with acid contempt and wield Boyang s love for her as a weapon to harm others Her act of transgression not without its reasons perhaps triggered by the vindictive nature of adolescence brought turbulence into the lives of three souls and destroyed a fourth, the aftershocks of this incident continuing to haunt them decades later across continents.Ruyu knew she wasn t going to be let off unscathed by fate either but then what could possibly intimidate a misanthrope who treated life like a prison and considered the act of living akin to a sentence meant to be served out in silent despondencyShe was not the only one trapped by life She was afraid of meeting another person like her, butthan that she was afraid of never meeting another person like her, who, however briefly, would look into her eyes so that she knew she was not alone in her loneliness Yiyun Li is my new favorite author of Chinese origin simply because she manages not to succumb to the lure of sketching a Beijing under an autocratic regime like so many of her peers, choosing instead to narrate a tale of heartbreak and loss which will remain as affecting even if one strips her characters of their ethnicity and shifts the backdrop of events to any other place and time It is the flawed humanity of the ensemble characters, none of whom are completely beyond reproach, and their self inflicted emotional isolation which establishes Li s ability to go beyond the limits of spick and span pigeonholing The devastating aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre and the agonizing chokehold of the Communist administration over its citizens are simply hinted at and never spelled out for the sake of inducing any cheap sentimentality And what elevates her craft further in my eyes is the languid beauty of her prose and her accurate portrayal of the melancholia and ennui entailing the quandary of lifeThey were not her stories They were not about her time, or her people, but what she had once found in these stories escape would eventually become her wisdom Perhaps if she kept these tales going he would one day forgive her stubbornness in choosing solitude, because he, kinder than solitude, was always here for her until death do them apart The pleasure of familiarizing myself with an author I know I can unhesitatingly seek out in the future never becomes stale Library Overdrive ebook I went in blind I had no expectation Great surprise discovery This is the first book I ve read by Yiyun Li I m completely stoked Her writing intrigued me On almost every page there were excerpts I wanted to highlight Eventually I made myself stop analyzing every sentence stopped the highlighting and just snuggled under my comforter and read for the PURISTS PLEASURE I d gladly read this book again hell I just wantsoup bowls that Yiyun Li is dis Library Overdrive ebook I went in blind I had no expectation Great surprise discovery This is the first book I ve read by Yiyun Li I m completely stoked Her writing intrigued me On almost every page there were excerpts I wanted to highlight Eventually I made myself stop analyzing every sentence stopped the highlighting and just snuggled under my comforter and read for the PURISTS PLEASURE I d gladly read this book again hell I just wantsoup bowls that Yiyun Li is dishing out Yiyun Li is my NEW FAVORITE DISCOVERY this year MORE PLEASE Where to begin This novel feels like many genres Fusion dishes of suspense murder mystery light or perhaps simply murder mystery irrelevant note the mystery will be clear in the end but the bigger mystery to me was why friends had such a hard time closely connecting rather they lived very solitary lives Continuing on as what to expect in this book Beijing American culture in the year 1990 historical fiction literary psychological thriller fiction coming of age part fairy tale immigrant orphan story and a family community saga over a twenty year span The characters are a variety pack special The multi layered package include troubled, idealistic, pessimistic, arrogant, sweet, and emotionally crippled people They are imprisoned by their past lives and scrutinize their futures This novel opens with the murder of 22 year old Shaoai.a university student and political protester She died in Beijing from chemical poisoning.which was stollen from a friend s mother s science laboratory It seems that either Shaoai killed herself drinking the poison.or one of her other three friends did Boyang, Ruyu, or Moran All sounds pretty clear and straight forward right Wrong Remember I said this book is a fusion of genres..So rather than follow a plot moving us toward the conclusion as to who killed Shaoai.itsabout how her friends coped with her death for twenty years And what was the state of Shaoai s life Another question is why did the case go unsolved Most of the story follows Shaoai s three childhood friendscontemporary acquaintances than friends really Ruyu, Boyang, and Moran These three Ruyu, Boyang, and Moran are COMPLETELY DIFFERENTThis novel is introspective in nature The novel goes back and forth between the present lives and past lives of the characters from when they were teenagers to their adult lives THESE CHARACTERS BECOME GLUE IN YOUR BRAIN THE WRITING is so beautiful with fascinating curiosity of these characters that just by reading it thinking about it I m sure it s preventive organic the secret to the Fountain of Youth If baby boomers want to know how to keep themselves young and vital chew on this complex novel Great brain workout A few excepts I enjoyed there are many..then my brain is going to rest When we place our beloved in front of the critical eyes of others, we feel diminished along with this subject being scrutinized The freedom to act and the freedom to judge, undermining each other, amount a littlethan a well stocked source of anxiety Is that why Ruyu wondered, Americans so willingly make themselves smaller by laughing at others, ortactfully at themselves when there is no immediate danger to hide from But danger in the form of poverty and flying bullets and lawless states and untrustworthy friends provides, if not a route to happiness, at least clarity to one s suffering Midsummer in Beijing, it s extreme heat and humidity occasionally broken by a revealing thunderstorm, gave the impression that life today would be that of tomorrow, and the day after, until forever rinds accumulated at the roadside would go on rottingand attracting swarms of flies murky puddles in the alleyways from over spilled sewers dwindled, but before they entirely disappeared another storm would replenish them old men and women, sitting next to bamboo perambulators in the shadow of palace walls, cooled down their grandchildren with giant fans woven of sedge leaves, and one of them closed one s eyes and opened them again one could almost believe that the fans and the babies and the wrinkled faced grandparents were the same ones from 100 years ago, captured by a rare photograph in the traveling album of foreign missionary, who would eventually be executed for spreading evil in a nearby providence.Moran and Ruyu were on the waterfront of the Western Sea, a manmade lake, in Beijing, when Moran pointed out the direction of other seas the Black Sea, the Front Sea etc In the past week Boyang and Moran had taken Ruyu tourist visiting Ruyu asked Why they were called seas, then She was not interested in the answer, yet she knew that each question granted her some power over the people she questioned She liked to watch others feeling obliged, and sometimesfoolishly, elated to answer her people do not know that the moment they respond they put themselves on a stand for their interrogators to judge I find your lack of interest in anything but your own little faith to bethan horrifying Last minute thoughts for my own memory.Ruyu s cynicism, righteousness, ungratefulness, and LACK OF INTEREST in anything started to irritate me.She was the most interesting character..the orphan But not easy to feel sympathy or empathy for Gorgeous novel intellectually challenging in ways.I m left with thoughts between loneliness vs solitude.and how kindness embraces or doesn t in the most quiet moments of an individual s life Perhaps there is a line in everyone s life that, once crossed, imparts a certain truth that one has not been able to see before, transforming solitude from a choice into the only possible line of existence For four friends, that line was crossed during their late teenage years, when one of them was poisoned, perhaps deliberately, perhaps accidentally, lingering in a physical limbo state until she finally dies years later The young man, Boyang, remains in China the two young women, Ruyu and Mo Perhaps there is a line in everyone s life that, once crossed, imparts a certain truth that one has not been able to see before, transforming solitude from a choice into the only possible line of existence For four friends, that line was crossed during their late teenage years, when one of them was poisoned, perhaps deliberately, perhaps accidentally, lingering in a physical limbo state until she finally dies years later The young man, Boyang, remains in China the two young women, Ruyu and Moran, move to the United States Each ends up living in what the author describes as a life long quarantine against love and life Kinder than Solitude is not primarily a mystery of a poisoned woman nor is it an immigrant experience book, although it is being hailed as both Rather, it s a deep and insightful exploration about the human condition how one s past can affect one s future, how innocence can be easily lost, and how challenging it is to get in touch with let alone salvage one s better self To have an identity to be known required one to possess an ego, yet so much , too a collection of people, a traceable track lining one place to another all these had to be added to that ego or one to have any kind of identity, Yiyun Li writes In the case of Moran, who married and divorced an older man she still cares for,what she called her life was only a way of not living, and by doing that, she had taken, here and there, parts o other people s lives and turned them into nothing along with her own Riyu, the most enigmatic and detached of the characters, is an empty vessel, unable to connect or to experience much pleasure or pain, who strives to receive an exemption from participating in life And Boyang, a successful entrepreneur with a cynical sense of the world, has discovered that love measured by effort was the only love within his capacity This is a deeply philosophical book, one that delves into its characters, with an ambling narrative that shifts from the shared Chinese past to the present China, San Francisco, the Midwest It is not for everyone certainly not for readers who are anticipating an action packed, page turning suspense novel But for those who seek insights into the human condition and love strong character based novels, Kinder Than Solitude offers rich rewards

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