This is historical fiction about China and it’s quite well researched – as far as I can tell – and that’s what drew me to it. Sad to say there were only parts which maintained my interest because to get to the history you have to slog through a lot of sex and violence – to the point of gratuitous and extreme – and that’s not interesting to me.
by Susan Barker
2015 / 374 pages
rating – 6
Susan Barker is the daughter of a British father and a Chinese mother – she lives in London but writes tales about China. The Incarnations is not something I’d recommend to the average reader – it starts slow and doesn’t pick up until toward the end of Chapter 6 when I was reminded of Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian, (1990) a novel which includes a lot of Chinese folktales. Gao Xinjiang won the Nobel prize in lit in 2000 in large part for that amazing work. But Barker is no Xingjian.