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The Gothic cathedral; origins of Gothic architecture and the medieval concept of order.

Author: Otto Georg von Simson
Publisher: New York] Pantheon Books [1962]
Series: Bollingen series, 48.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2d ed., rev. with additionsView all editions and formats
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The beautiful, iron-willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her, but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her "foreign-colored eyes." Her classmate Maple is also a target of persecution. It is through the quieter, more skeptical Maple, a less than ardent Maoist whose father is languishing in prison for a minor crime, that we see this story to its tragic end. The Red  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Otto Georg von Simson
ISBN: 0691097410 9780691097411
OCLC Number: 1235530
Description: xxiii, 278 pages illustrations, plates (some color) plans 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
PART I: GOTHIC DESIGN AND THE MEDIEVAL CONCEPT OF ORDER: Gothic form --
Measure and light --
PART II: THE BIRTH OF THE GOTHIC: Suger of St.-Denis --
The new church --
Sens and Chartres West --
PART III: THE CONSUMMATION: The palace of the Virgin --
The Cathedral of Chartres --
Postscript (1961).
Series Title: Bollingen series, 48.
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The beautiful, iron-willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her, but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her "foreign-colored eyes." Her classmate Maple is also a target of persecution. It is through the quieter, more skeptical Maple, a less than ardent Maoist whose father is languishing in prison for a minor crime, that we see this story to its tragic end. The Red Guards have branded Wild Ginger's deceased father a traitor and eventually drive her mother to a gruesome suicide, but she fervently embraces Maoism to save her spirit. She rises quickly through the ranks and is held up as a national model for Maoism. Wild Ginger now has everything, even a young man who vies for her heart. But Mao's prohibition on romantic love places her in an untenable position. Into this sexually charged situation steps Maple, creating an uneasy triangle that Min has portrayed with keen psychological insight and her characteristic gift for lyrical eroticism. In Anchee Min's previous three books she returned again and again to the devastating experience of the Cultural Revolution, which defined her youth. Here, in this slim but powerful novel, she gives us a moving story that goes closer to the core of that experience than anything she has written before, and brilliantly delineates the psychological and sexual perversion of those times. Ultimately, WILD GINGER has the clean lines of a parable, the poignancy of a coming-of-age novel, the sexiness of a French blue movie, and the sadness of a truly tragic love story.

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