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I love a broad margin to my life

Autore: Maxine Hong Kingston
Editore: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : English : 1st edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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The author reflects on her life as she turns sixty-five. Told in free verse.
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Genere/forma: Biography
Persona incaricata: Maxine Hong Kingston; Maxine Hong Kingston; Maxine Hong Kingston
Tipo materiale: Biography
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Maxine Hong Kingston
ISBN: 9780307270191 030727019X
Numero OCLC: 607975655
Descrizione: 229 pages ; 22 cm
Responsabilità: Maxine Hong Kingston.

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The author reflects on her life as she turns sixty-five. Told in free verse.

"In her singular voice--humble, elegiac, practical--Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five. Kingston's swift, effortlessly flowing verse lines feel instantly natural in this fresh approach to the art of memoir, as she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage ("can't divorce until we get it right. / Love, that is. Get love right") to her arrest at a peace march in Washington, where she and her "sisters" protested the Iraq war in the George W. Bush years. Kingston embraces Thoreau's notion of a "broad margin," hoping to expand her vista: "I'm standing on top of a hill; / I can see everywhichway-- / the long way that I came, and the few / places I have yet to go. Treat / my whole life as if it were a day." On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, Kingston revisits her most beloved characters: she learns the final fate of her Woman Warrior, and she takes her Tripmaster Monkey, a hip Chinese American, on a journey through China, where he has never been--a trip that becomes a beautiful meditation on the country then and now, on a culture where rice farmers still work in the age-old way, even as a new era is dawning. "All over China," she writes, "and places where Chinese are, populations / are on the move, going home. That home / where Mother and Father are buried. Doors / between heaven and earth open wide." Such is the spirit of this wonderful book--a sense of doors opening wide onto an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish."--Publisher's website.

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