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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life
I Love a Broad Margin to My Life by Maxine Hong Kingston 030727019X 9780307270191
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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life by Maxine Hong Kingston

In her singular voice humble, elegiac, practical, Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five. Kingstons swift, effortlessly flowing verse lines feel instantly natural in this fresh approach to the art of memoir, as she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage (cant divorce until we get it right. / Love, that is. Get love right) to her arrest at a peace march in Washington, where she and her sisters protested the Iraq war in the George W. Bush years. Kingston embraces Thoreaus notion of a broad margin, hoping to expand her vista: Im standing on top of a hill; / I can see everywhichway / the long way that I came, and the few / places I have yet to go. Treat / my whole life as if it were a day. On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, Kingston revisits her most beloved characters: she learns the final fate of her Woman Warrior, and she takes her Tripmaster Monkey, a hip Chinese American, on a journey through China, where he has never been, a trip that becomes a beautiful meditation on the country then and now, on a culture where rice farmers still work in the age-old way, even as a new era is dawning. All over China, she writes, and places where Chinese are, populations / are on the move, going home. That home / where Mother and Father are buried. Doors / between heaven and earth open wide. Such is the spirit of this wonderful book; a sense of doors opening wide onto an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish.

Author: Maxine Hong Kingston

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 240

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2011-01-18

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 030727019X

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