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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Ying Hong
  • ISBN:
    0241950694
  • ISBN13:
    978-0241950692
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  • Publisher:
    Viking (January 1, 2011)
  • Pages:
    256 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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Hong Ying was born into a sailor's family in Chongqing on the Yangtze River in Southwest China. My Take I suspect it's a cultural difference, but I did not find K: The Art of Love to be erotic.

Hong Ying was born into a sailor's family in Chongqing on the Yangtze River in Southwest China. An author and poet, she began her career as a full-time writer in the early 1980s having studied creative writing at Lu Xun Creative Writing Academy and Fudan University. She is best known in the English-speaking world for her novels: K: The Art of Love (which won the Prix de Rome in 2005), The Concubine of Shanghai, Peacock Cries and Summer of Betrayal. Primarily because I thought Julian Bell was a naive, selfish, egocentric "boy" playing with people.

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the . K really has something to tell us about what happens when cultures collide

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the wrongness of his selfish actions. It's odd, Hong Ying, in his introduction, hoped that the reader is able to feel the eroticism of his story. K really has something to tell us about what happens when cultures collide. The culture clash proves a bit too much for the English protagonist, who concludes towards the end of the book: "The fanatical love of this Chinese woman, like the violence of the Revolution, and everything else Chinese, was simply too alien for him to comprehend or accept.

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the wrongness of his selfish actions

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the wrongness of his selfish actions. Unfortunately, it failed for me.

K: The Art of Love is a 1999 novel by Hong Ying which was published in 2001 in Taiwan

K: The Art of Love is a 1999 novel by Hong Ying which was published in 2001 in Taiwan. The author rewrote the book, which was published in 2003 under the title The English Lover.

I'm not sure if Hong Ying was too weak as a writer, or the material simply was too huge for her. Or she just didn't give a damn about .

Lin's lyrics in the end of book uncovered her personality better than the author did, and they simply killed the book for me. And I don't even like poetry in general. He wanted what he couldn't have, and as soon as he could have it, he didn't want it.

Denouncing the book as ‘unbearably pornographic’, Chen Xiaoying has brought a lawsuit against Hong Ying and the two Chinese publications that have carried extracts of the novel for causing ‘spiritual damage’.

Having read the fiction this book made me want to find out more about events surrounding the affair in the real world. He was trying to seduce her, partly out of curiosity, to find out what it was like to make love to a Chinese woman. Find similar books Profile. Yes, he liked Lin. That was all. She was a famous writer with a scholar for a husband, both well known in Chinese intellectual circles. Outwardly her eight-year marriage was successful. Appearance was everything in a marriage, particularly in China.

Schooled in the ancient Taoist arts of love, Lin instructs Julian in the ways of the East. It appears that the author of K could not be happier that people are talking about the sexually explicit nature of her writing-touted as a Chinese Lady Chatterly's Lover-expressing her pleasure in the.

Hong, Ying, 1962-, Cheng, Lin, d. 1937, Bell, Julian, 1908-1937. London ; New York : Marion Boyars ; Saint Paul, MN : Distributed in the USA by Consortium Book Sales. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

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China, 1930s. Julian Bell, son of the Bloomsbury set's Vanessa, is newly arrived in Peking. In search of fresh experiences, he encounters the beautiful, intelligent and deeply erotic Lin Cheng. Though Lin is wife to a university professor, their passionate assignations blossom into an affair. Schooled in the ancient Taoist arts of love, Lin instructs Julian in the ways of the East. But if society won't tolerate this union between Occidental and Oriental can their love possibly survive? Based on a true story this is a tragic tale of romance, betrayal and sexual desire set against a backdrop of conflict and war.

Mamuro
Very nice story about life in China at a time of war. Although the war is not such a large feature in the story, the background of it shapes events and contrasts with the main characters day to day life. Superbly written and very sensual .
Thomeena
Nicely crafted, very well-written - extremely enjoyable. For anyone interested in Chinese (or Asian) historical fiction, this book is a very pleasant must read.
Xig
Nice reading. I am not used to read love story but this was nice stuff. I am bit confussed of using dao instead tao. Does not matter. They were nice couple...
Liarienen
K is the story of a strange encounter between two cultures. At the surface, it's about Chinese and English culture, and also about the very Martian culture of a man and the Venusian one of a woman. But it soon becomes clear that the protagonists aren't representing these cultures. If anything, they struggle to define an identity within small subcultures at the margins of their respective societies.

The Englishman, Julian Bell, is like his eponymous real-life model a product of the Bloomsbury Group which had a set of values quite radically different from what was considered normal at the time. Son of the painter Vanessa Bell (who had an open marriage with a bisexual man) and nephew of Virginia Woolf, he tends to judge everything with the measure of the intellectual cult he grew up in, and initially sneers at the idea that Chinese poets may be producing anything comparable.

The Chinese woman, called Lin Cheng in the novel, but based on the biography of the poet and writer Ling Shuhua, is also associated with an intellectual circle, the New Moon Society. Her contradiction is that she believes in the Daoist "Art of Love", which to her intellectual peers is just a feudal old nonsense. The arrival of the Englishman gives her the opportunity to put this theory into practice.

And practice they do, quite a bit, and it's sensitively and sensuously described in the novel, even in the English translation I read, which is by Nicky Harman and the author's husband Henry Zhao. The eroticism is, of course, a problem for some people in China and in the UK, and so it came to pass that Ling Shuhua's daughter sued the author for libel in Chinese courts for defamation of the dead, and eventually succeeded in having the book banned in mainland China.

It hasn't quite been banned in the UK, but I'm getting the impression that it has been ignored on purpose. I find it quite shocking that I couldn't find a single review of the book. The English edition was published in 2002, so if it has been reviewed, the reviews should be on the web. Probably people perceived it like the subject's nephew, whose name is also Julian Bell, who didn't object to its publication but compared it to "black lace" type genre fiction.

Maybe it takes readers with intercultural sensitivity to appreciate this, but this is definitely not black lace material (and unlike Julian Bell, I have read black lace novels, I even know somebody who writes them). K really has something to tell us about what happens when cultures collide. The culture clash proves a bit too much for the English protagonist, who concludes towards the end of the book: "The fanatical love of this Chinese woman, like the violence of the Revolution, and everything else Chinese, was simply too alien for him to comprehend or accept."

A version of this review is also included in my recent book: The noughties brought to book.
you secret
This is a fictional story about real-life people: Julian Bell and Ling Shuhua.

My Take
I suspect it's a cultural difference, but I did not find K: The Art of Love to be erotic. Primarily because I thought Julian Bell was a naive, selfish, egocentric "boy" playing with people. He wanted what he couldn't have, and as soon as he could have it, he didn't want it.

As far as I'm concerned, there was no loss to the world when he died. His family? Yeah...

My father-in-law was an artist and acquainted with the Bloomsbury group, and he wasn't impressed with them or their art. I suspect it was the art, or how it was applied all over the house, that was his main bone of contention with them. I haven't paid much attention to their personal lives as I've been more fascinated by the art--and how it was applied all over the house...*grin*...and the bits of Hong Ying's story that touches on the Bell/Woolf/Fry household help me understand better why Dad wasn't inspired by them. A group of people caught in the public eye who felt they had to continue to live up to their professed philosophies, however much it hurt.

Julian was probably typical of celebrity kids who feel a need to be as good as their parents, and I suspect he struggled all his life between feeling like the golden boy and wondering if he was any good. He definitely absorbed a sense of superiority from his extended family and believed anything that was dissimilar to what he (or his family) considered quality was inferior or childish. He was more interested in play than reality--wait'll you get to his foray onto the battlefield, oh brother--and he was extremely quick to interpret people's actions as he pleased without any input from them. And then base his decisions upon his interpretations.

Hong Ying's focus, though, is on the sexual side of the Bell philosophy with Julian unable to comprehend the wrongness of his selfish actions. It's odd, Hong Ying, in his introduction, hoped that the reader is able to feel the eroticism of his story. Unfortunately, it failed for me. Yes, the erotica is there, but I found the Daoist philosophy about sex more interesting than reading about a sexually frustrated woman eager to apply the Daoist teachings from the Jade Chamber Classic, "a legendary `Art of Love'", with a self-absorbed young man who is too terrified of the future--and doesn't sound like he's any good in bed. Then there's their insta-love for which Ying doesn't provide a reason. It's more as if he needs to have them get together, so, voila.

Julian suddenly decides he wants to kiss this married Chinese woman who has not indicated any interest in him, and when she jumps when he puts her hand on his [trouser-clad] *ahem*, this is his reaction:

"Julian was nonplussed. Had he moved too fast? Was it his *ahem* that had frightened her?"

The writing is stilted in parts and chunks of it sway between show and tell with a sense of being part of an outline that never got filled in, but I believe some of the stiltedness is due to English being Hong Ying's second language.

To be honest, I found this story dumb and annoying. I loved seeing this snapshot of the China of 1936 and how people lived, the different beliefs. Now if only we could have explored it without Julian getting in the way.

The Story
Julian Bell has received a invitation to teach at a Chinese university in Wuchang where he meets Lin Cheng, the wife of the dean of his department. A woman with whom he is almost instantly fascinated and pursues in spite of her reluctance.

A reluctance that falls away into an affair.

The Characters
Julian Bell is the son of Vanessa and Clive Bell of Bloomsbury fame; he's rude, selfish, quick to "defend his turf", and a child in a man's body. A renowned poet, he alternately basks in and questions his abilities even as he subconsciously appears to seek his own death.

Lin Cheng (in real life, Ling Shuhua) is a renowned Chinese writer, the editor of the Wuhan Daily Literary Supplement, and the wife of Professor Cheng, the dean of the School of Arts. Both are part of the New Moon Society.

Wizard and Vole--his names for the two servants who come with the house the university has found for him.

Sir Harold Acton is teaching at Peking University. Yi is the Chinese student Julian inveigles into helping him find the Red Army so Julian can play revolutionary. Too bad he's so clueless about the truth of war.

The Cover
The cover at first appears to be a pale pink fabric with handpainted blossoms descending from the upper left and a large "K" embroidered in the center, but when you really look, it's a woman's naked backside from shoulders to just below her buttocks.

The title references both Julian and Lin with "K" representing where Lin stands in the line-up of Julian's lovers and the art of love being Lin's Daoist philosophy combining to create K: The Art of Love.