The Incarnations

The Incarnations

Book - 2014
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An engrossing tale of a taxi driver in Beijing and his hauntingly mysterious stalker during the 2008 Olympics. Wang Jun, estranged son of a wealthy government official, devoted husband, and father of a young daughter, begins to find a series of letters in his taxi describing incidents of reincarnation and destiny. The initial letter reveals that Wang Jun is being watched by an old friend and soul mate. What follows are tales from Wang Jun's stalker of incarnations from a past beginning with the Tang dynasty in 632 CE and ranging up to 1966. Interspersed throughout are chapters revealing the details of Wang Jun's history, including a stay in a mental hospital and a same-sex love affair.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, ©2014
ISBN: 9781501106781
Branch Call Number: BARKER
Characteristics: viii, 371 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 03, 2019

i rated 2 stars as i know a lot of details of history of China and so on went into the book. So if you like a lot of details related to the history of another place, and you don't have to relate to that culture to find it enjoyable, then this may be a good read for you.

I checked out the audio book and I was lost in the detailed info just listening to it. I wasn't particularly intrigued enough to continue all the way through the entire audio book. There was a ton of detail about a few of the characters (again, didn't get all the way through it). I just feel like if you want to read/listen to an epic amount of detail - enough to visualize it all - then again, it may be suitable style. However, I had selected it based on it being more of a thriller/ mystery storyline and it the details were not always material to the story.

The author is trying to accomplish too much - introduce cultural/historical elements of China with a current day setting of New York. It didn't keep me interested enough to want to delve further.

Jul 14, 2018

The plot carried you along, so good Bart reading. The writing was mediocre so wasn't particularly inspiring.

SFPL_danielay Apr 06, 2018

A Beijing taxi driver is receiving mysterious letters about his former reincarnations from another person linked to him through several lives. We follow their often violent history from the Tang dynasty all the way to the Cultural Revolution and then to the present time. The suspense builds up slowly but once it does, you won't be able to put the book down until the surprise ending.

Feb 18, 2018

This is a mystery/ thriller that has a lot of ups and downs. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it for mature readers. Normally I am able to chew through a novel in a weekend, however this particular book took me about a week to complete. There are certain aspects of the book that are better not to rush through, I found myself setting in down to process exactly what was happening. Overall I give is a 9/10 for narrative, character development, and the historical/cultural input the book has. A great read for book clubs.

Jun 30, 2017

Highly recommended if you enjoy being swept away by a story. I bought right into this book. Enjoyed every page of it.

Sep 04, 2016

Reads like a mix of David Mitchell and Haruki Murakami

Marlowe Apr 28, 2016

Susan Barker takes the reader through an expansive tour of Chinese history by way of one family's reincarnations. This is a fascinating read that truly engages, detailing unique periods of Chinese history, while also weaving an intricate and suspenseful family drama.

Oct 27, 2015

Bleak and depressing book. Tried to push through to the end, but gave up with a sigh of relief. The premise of the book is what drew me in, but it was a letdown.

Oct 21, 2015

Easy to put down, harder to pick back up.

rere3 Oct 04, 2015

This is a haunting novel - it draws you in and its characters will haunt you long after you have returned it to the shelf. It is savage and bleak as the other comments point out. Barker is an author to watch.

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