A novel of people far from home and far from the selves of their origins, River Dragon Sky is the story of Junping, a Taoist street seer turned arsonist, Zhuan He, the girl he is sure is the daughter he abandoned years earlier, and Kal, an American who seems to have traveled to China for girls and kung fu. Long-buried memories emerge, and fragmented lives converge and asseA novel of people far from home and far from the selves of their origins, River Dragon Sky is the story of Junping, a Taoist street seer turned arsonist, Zhuan He, the girl he is sure is the daughter he abandoned years earlier, and Kal, an American who seems to have traveled to China for girls and kung fu. Long-buried memories emerge, and fragmented lives converge and assemble themselves in new ways, as fires spring up around the rural university where Kal teaches and Zhuan He studies. While pressures of Eastern tradition complicate Kal and Zhuan He's chances, someone with murderous intentions is stalking them. Will Junping be their savior, or their killer?...
|Title||:||River Dragon Sky|
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River Dragon Sky Reviews
RIVER, DRAGON, SKY is a vividly beautiful and compelling literary novel. The prose is often dazzling and remains crisp throughout; the narrative is filled with suspense and conflict that is driven by well-drawn, interesting characters. I want to avoid putting this book in any category other than literary, but it is at once a mystery, a love story, an adventure, and a tale of rivalry, revenge, and a dark coming-of-age. I really enjoyed it. Two thumbs-up.
Set on a college campus in Henan, Nicholes’ book centers on five fascinating–and very realistic–characters:* Zhuan He–a female student who excels in English debate* Feng–a professional martial artist and Zhuan He’s live-in boyfriend* Kal–an American of Russian extraction who teaches at the university and studies under Feng; he’s also secretly dating Zhuan He* David–an American missionary/teacher at the university who teaches Feng English; he’s secretly dating Zhuan He, too*Junping–a fortune teller and arsonist who thinks Zhuan He is the daughter he abandoned almost two decades earlier.Nicholes’ characters seem alive and multi-dimensional, and his writing is sophisticated and poetic. I’ve never stepped foot in Henan, but felt like I was there when I read his novel, whether it was in the overcrowded dorms, the barebones noodle stalls, or the stuffy gym.The story is not without tragedy and betrayal. Although Feng seems obsessive and outdated, I grow to appreciate his character as the story develops. In fact, he turns out to be more sympathetic than the American men. I also like how Nicholes goes into the backstories of all the characters, especially Zhuan He’s three love interests.I can’t wait to read more from Justine Nicholes!