A Message for the Emperor

A Message for the Emperor

A Novel

Book - 2012
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This is a unique novel of old China, the traditional landscapeof mountains and rivers without end, and life in an imperial city rife with plots, intrigues, culture, sensuality and wealth.
Li Wen, a landscape painter of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), is on a journey to deliver a message to the Chinese Emperor. His teacher has instructed him to paint four landscapes, one for each season, during the year it will take him to travel across China to the Emperor's Court where he is to present the paintings to the Emperor as a long-life gift. A series of gripping adventures befall Li Wen on his journey, including burial in an ancient tomb and a snowstorm that nearly ends his quest.
Publisher: Montréal : Esplanade Fiction, 2012.
ISBN: 9781550653366
Characteristics: 187 p. ;,22 cm.


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May 21, 2015

A beautifully crafted tale that effortlessly (like the tradition paintings/ painting style at the center of this novel) draws the reader away from the modern West to gently reveal an ancient Chinese world -both rural & the urban court with its heavily regimented structure full of political intrigue. I liked the story & admired how the author's prose, style captured the essence of the time, Buddhist beliefs.

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