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.
"Ragamuffin beggars," grunted Haoyou's father — which made Haoyou laugh, since the gorgeous circus people, finding his father's tattered rice-straw jacket, would probably have fed it to one of their elephants.
"Impertinent dog," said a voice close behind them, and the Chabis first mate took hold of Pei by his jacket and pushed him over the edge of an open hatchway. It was no great way to fall, but Pei landed awkwardly, his leg twisted under ...
But Haoyou let the fragments of his father's rice-straw jacket rest on his face and shoulders like a blessing. His father was among the clouds, and Haoyou did not feel entitled to so much as breathe until the flight was over.
Only tatters of his rice-straw jacket encircled his armpits, and the skin of his bare stomach showed, tinged with the blue of cold and death. To Haoyou, though, it seemed as if his father's body had taken on the color of the sky.
He had made all the paper images for the funeral: little paper cutouts of jacket, trousers, rice bowl and chopsticks, rice wine bottle, hand barrow, sandals, and fish. He had even cut out a dog — though the family ...
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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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