Qu Yuan is banished from the court of the king of Chu, and must live the rest of his life in exile on a small island.
He spends his days wandering along the seashore, writing and declaiming his poetry, and the Dragon of the Sea hears him...
I have only read the book in translation, but unless the translator is very bad indeed, this is not a children's book; there are many difficult words, and the sentences are long and convoluted. The story is simple on the surface, but deep and achingly beautiful between the lines. It is mostly told in the paintings (12"x20" two-page spreads all of them), but the language is quite poetic, though sometimes a little clumsy (maybe due to translation).
Have you read this book in English? Please contact me.
#1 The Great Race
#2 The Dragon New Year
#3 The Mermaid's Muse
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