Why did I choose this book to read and then write a review about? Because I’m unabashedly political. And because I wanted to understand the psyche of a country (read: Pakistan) which has been repeatedly accused of exporting terrorism across the world. Even as I post this, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan have pulled out of the SAARC Summit that was to be conducted in Islamabad, as a form of protest. I’m talking about Pakistan and its role in the recent Uri Attacks. For those of you who don’t know about it: here’s the story. And now, back to the book.
Okay, the third chapter of ALOL is here. It’s kind of spooky and intimidating, all these rituals. And to watch our previously soft-spoken Xi Shi turn into a femme fatale is unnerving. But then one has to do all they can to survive….
Well, here we finally meet our female protagonist… She’s strong, independent, brainy and every bit the modern Overseas Chinese young woman. And at the end, we get a bonus too! Read on to find out…
Okay, we’re out with the prologue, which is pretty long. But it’s also the most important part of the story: the link to the past and present. Here, we meet our protagonist, who is battling on that thin line of life and death, waiting for her love to come to her one last time. Will death relent or will it be as unforgivable as ever? For those of you who haven’t read the Synopsis yet: here you go.
Okay, we’ve officially decided to translate When The Sun Goes Down by Ming Yue. She’s a close friend of Xiao Li (author of The Lone Star In My Constellation). We tried summarizing the chapters but felt that the real essence of the book is getting diluted. Also, Ming Yue made some really interesting changes to the book. So, folks, we bring you, When The Sun Goes Down.
It’s been a long wait for those who fell in love with this book after the very first chapter. I acknowledge and am sorry about it. But here’s the next chapter, and it’s as good as any other! We finally get to meet the reclusive male lead. And also, more light is shed on Xi Shi, and a surprising one at that. The world of Xue Nong is thrown open to us, and what a world it is! With their rituals and ancient power. Questions are raised and the dead are buried. Reasons are examined and realizations are made in this new installment of A Lifetime of Longing.
(@calculusfanatic: This is a guestpost. I’ll hand the baton over to @chairmanlichi) Oh. My. God! I think you all need to read this right now. Because I’m positively sure that there are a few glaring similarities between our Chinese Novel, Ballad of the Desert (Da Mo Yao), written by Tong Hua, and the Infernal Devices Series by the American author Cassandra Clare.
Oy, people! I’m back (albeit, temporarily). And I’m here with my good friend @chairmanlichi. She doesn’t do much of blogging on her own, and is into her own Facebook Page for Dumbledore. She’s the New Kid On The Block, now becoming an official part of our Asian Cult Family. And I formally name her my Consiglieri. Join us for a quick chat.
Yeah, so, the response has been pretty good as of now to the first summary of the book. So now, I’m out with the second. Just for the information, @chairmanlichi may decide to change the a little of the plot of the book before I’ll actually get down to posting the full chapters. Okay, so we’ll move on then. Shall we?!
I don’t have enough time nowadays to catch up with translating. So I’ve decided to summarize this one book written by my friend @chairmanlichi, which I totally loved. Okay, I’ll get to the topic now. This is a reincarnation novel. But it isn’t the usual fare. And you’ll know this as I get through this post.