The Kite Rider
Harper Collins, 2003年9月23日 - 320 頁
Up and up the wind drew him.
Haoyou looked about him and saw the whole
world beneath him. And it was his.
The Great Miao, master of the Jade Circus, offers Haoyou the amazing chance to escape his family's poverty -- by becoming a kite rider. Strapped onto a beautiful scarlet-and-gold kite, Haoyou is sent into the sky, earning money, freedom, and unexpected fame. Miao even plans for Haoyou to perform before Kublai Khan himself.
From Carnegie Medalist Geraldine McCaughrean comes a dazzling story of adventure, betrayal, family, and sacrifice set in the dramatic world of thirteenth-century China.
... of his bare feet were as rigid as birds' talons. "Do they employ criminals for this?" the foreigner inquired. "No, no. Just one of the crew — either very drunk or very stupid." The horse-eyed foreigner nodded and began sketching on ...
The crowd began to mix and moil, merchants shouting to their secretaries, agents shouting to the warehousemen, moneylenders offering terms of credit. The first sacks of 9.
The crew, who had known and liked Pei, began to mutter syllables of sorrow and regret, slapping out at Haoyou with sympathetic hands. One even ran to snatch feathers from a chicken running loose about the deck, and held the feathers to ...
"No, you don't understand — " Haoyou began. "Hush," said his mother soothingly. "Mipeng will know. The medium will know what we have to do. You mustn't worry." "You don't understand!" But his mother was preoccupied, wondering what she ...
Qing'an began to pass around a plate of macaroons, but Great-uncle Bo said rudely, "Business to conduct! No time to waste!" The relations, obedient to his bullying, sat down as best they could, in a circle on the floor.
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LibraryThing Review用戶評語 - Shimmin - LibraryThing
It's about the adventures of a young Chinese boy at the beginning of the Mongol rule; he learns painfully and slowly that simple obedience to elders and the teachings of others isn't an answer to all ... 閱讀評論全文
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Such a frustrating book to read, in an amazing why. I was drawn into this wonderful yet heart wrenching of a story. I found myself loathing multiple characters and questioning the motive/reasoning ... 閱讀評論全文
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