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The ten thousand things : a novel, John Spurling

Label
The ten thousand things : a novel
Title
The ten thousand things
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
John Spurling
Title variation
10,000 things
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the turbulent final years of the Yuan Dynasty, Wang Meng is a low-level bureaucrat, employed by the government of Mongol conquerors established by the Kublai Khan. Though he wonders about his own complicity wit this regime-the Mongols, after all, are invaders-he prefers not to dwell on his official duties, choosing instead to live the life of the mind. Wang is an extraordinarily gifted artist. His paintings are at once delicate and confident; in them, one can see the wind blowing through the trees, the water rushing through rocky valleys, the infinite expanse of China's natural beauty. But this is not a time for sitting still, and as The Ten Thousand Things unfolds, we follow Wang as he travels through an empire in turmoil. In his wanderings, he encounters, among many memorable characters, other master painters of the period, including the austere eccentric Ni Zan, a fierce female warrior known as the White Tigress who will recruit him as a military strategist, and an ugly young Buddhist monk who rises from beggary to extraordinary heights. The Ten Thousand Things is rich with exquisite observations, and John Spurling endows every description-every detail-with the precision and depth that the real-life Wang Meng brought to his painting. But it is also a novel of fated meetings, grand battles, and riveting drama, and in its seamless fusion of the epic and the intimate, it achieves a truly singular beauty. A novel that deserves to be compared to the classic Chinese novels that inspired it, The Ten Thousand Things is nothing short of a literary event"--
Summary
Although he's descended from royalty, Wang Meng works as a low-level bureaucrat in 14th-century China in the service of the waning Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty. However, his passion is art and, in his quest to become a master painter, he retreats to the countryside, where he makes the acquaintance of fellow artists Huang Gongwang, Wu Zhen, and Ni Zan. And, in a lush, richly detailed, and leisurely paced narrative that unfurls like a painted landscape, he encounters others who will have a lasting impact on Chinese history and culture, including a novice monk, a bandit queen, and the poet who will later memorialize her deeds. -- Description by Gillian Speace
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, 2015.
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Provided by publisher
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10298070
Cataloging source
DLC
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1936-
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Spurling, John
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Artists
  • Art, Chinese
  • China
Target audience
adult
Label
The ten thousand things : a novel, John Spurling
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781468308327
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2013029571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
HISTORICAL FICTION
System control number
(OCoLC)852221572
Label
The ten thousand things : a novel, John Spurling
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781468308327
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2013029571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
HISTORICAL FICTION
System control number
(OCoLC)852221572

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