intense sensations

Creative writing as a form of rehab

Posted on: August 28, 2011

CandyCandy by Mian Mian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book. I find it very restful. I do not like books that portray heroin addiction as heroic. The persistent image of the artist as addict is a disservice to art and creativity. Junkies have no imagination. This book is not one of those.

“Honestly, heroin is nothing but glorified shit.”

What makes this book appealing is the author’s use of creative writing as a form of rehab. Her imagination is redemptive. Special praise is due, too, to Andrea Lingenfelter, who has rendered the original Chinese into an English that is beautiful, warm and poetic. I like to immerse myself in it at the end of a stressful day, like sinking into a relaxing bath.

Bless you, also, The Book Depository.

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