Once on a moonless night

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Wheeler Pub.,
Pub. Date:
[2009]
Language:
English
Description
From the author of the beloved best seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a haunting tale of love and of the beguiling power of a lost language.When Puyi, the last emperor, was exiled to Manchuria in the early 1930s, it is said that he carried an eight-hundred-year-old silk scroll inscribed with a lost sutra composed by the Buddha. Eventually the scroll would be sold illicitly to an eccentric French linguist named Paul d’Ampere, in a transaction that would land him in prison, where he would devote his life to studying the ineffably beautiful ancient language of the forgotten text.Our unnamed narrator, a Western student in China in the 1970s, hears this story from the greengrocer Tumchooq—his name the same as that of the language in which the scroll is written—who has recently returned from three years of reeducation. She will come again and again to Tumchooq’s shop near the gates of the Forbidden City, drawn by the young man and his stories of an estranged father. But when d’Ampere is killed in prison, Tumchooq disappears, abandoning the narrator, now pregnant with his child. And it is she, going in search of her lost love, who will at last find the missing scroll and discover the truth of the Buddha’s lesson that begins “Once on a moonless night . . .” in this story that carries us across the breadth of China’s past, the myth and the reality.
More Details
Contributors:
ISBN:
9781410419736
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDcb5263e5-0594-99b2-9caf-49d145213948
Grouping Titleonce on a moonless night
Grouping Authordai sijie
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-10-26 04:44:33AM
Last Indexed2019-11-17 04:48:35AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Hunter, Adriana,
authorDai, Sijie, 1954-
author2-roleHunter, Adriana,translator.|Translator
author_displayDai, Sijie
available_at_arlingtonPlaza
collection_arlingtonLarge Type
detailed_location_arlingtonPlaza Large Type
display_descriptionAn ancient silk scroll, inscribed with a lost Buddhist sutra and once the possession of the last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, will alter the lives of three people: an eccentric French linguist, a greengrocer, and a Western student in China in the 1970s.
format_arlingtonLarge Type
format_category_arlingtonBooks
idcb5263e5-0594-99b2-9caf-49d145213948
isbn9781410419736
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13357001.i14445141Plaza Large TypeLT F DAI1falsefalseOn ShelfOct 25, 2019pafl
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-11-17T09:48:35.356Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formFiction
literary_form_fullFiction
local_callnumber_arlingtonLT F DAI
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonPlaza
primary_isbn9781410419736
publishDate2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13357001Large TypeBooksEnglishWheeler Pub., [2009]401 pages (large print) ; 23.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13357001.i14445141On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetBuddhist literature -- China -- Fiction
China -- History -- Fiction
Grocers -- Fiction
Manuscripts -- Fiction
Students, Foreign -- China -- Fiction
title_displayOnce on a moonless night
title_fullOnce on a moonless night / Dai Sijie ; translated from the French by Adriana Hunter
title_shortOnce on a moonless night