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Because medieval Christians understood every element of the world as a manifestation of God, the book largely focused on each animal’s religious meaning. The writing is very poetic at times, very gritty and it’s like the scene is right before your eyes, so at first it was heavily reminiscent of Han Kang’s prose.

Unlike Oyeyemi, Chang favors quite a lot of scatalogical imagery which after reading interviews of the author I totally get why it was there, but it was not something I can say I enjoyed. in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter.The Tayals believe that there once were two suns, and their warriors carried babies who grew up to be the men who tried to shoot down one sun. The bestiary in the Queen Mary Psalter is found in the "marginal" decorations that occupy about the bottom quarter of the page, and are unusually extensive and coherent in this work.

A few observations found in bestiaries, such as the migration of birds, were discounted by the natural philosophers of later centuries, only to be rediscovered in the modern scientific era. i was so excited when i first heard about k-ming chang’s forthcoming novel and absolutely thrilled when it showed up as an arc i could request on netgalley! From the familiar to the improbable, the gross to the endearing, The Modern Bestiary is a compendium of curious creatures.Bestiary is crafted at the scale of epic poetry: origin stories that feel at once gravely older than their years, yet viscerally contemporary. I went in cold, as is my preference, and really struggled for the first 80 pages until the title chapter "Bestiary" which began to really hook me in.

Mapped species included legendary people believed to live beyond the bound of Europe, which fascinated medieval audiences. Author K-Ming Chang might be known best for her poetry and that poetic sensibility shines through on every page of her first novel, Bestiary.I was very drawn in by the idea of Asian folklore and queer inclusion, but this book quickly devolved into a stream of consciousness narrative that my brain could not follow. In one source, the author explains how fables and bestiaries are closely linked to one another as “each chapter of a bestiary, each fable in a collection, has a text and has a meaning. When I shoved the scab aside with my fingernails, there was a hole beneath, deep as my finger and bloodless as a glove socket. Chang has a way of describing the forces of attraction which seem like a new language, written in the lover's bones. Synopsis from the publisher: "Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this blazing debut about one family's queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.

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