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The Incarnations - A Novel

Susan Barker

Hailed as "China's Midnight's Children" (The Independent) this "brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel" (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate. Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you. So begins the first letter that falls into Wang's lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang's previous lives-from escaping a marriage to a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, and being a teenager on the Red Guard during the cultural revolution-bound to his mysterious "soulmate," spanning one thousand years of betrayal and intrigue. As the letters continue to appear seemingly out of thin air, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him-someone who claims to have known him for over one thousand years. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer… Seamlessly weaving Chinese folklore, history, and literary classics, The Incarnations is a taut and gripping novel that sheds light on the cyclical nature of history as it hints that the past is never truly settled.

Hailed as "China's Midnight's Children" (The Independent) this "brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel" (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate. Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you. So begins the first letter that falls into Wang's lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang's previous lives-from escaping a marriage to a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, and being a teenager on the Red Guard during the cultural revolution-bound to his mysterious "soulmate," spanning one thousand years of betrayal and intrigue. As the letters continue to appear seemingly out of thin air, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him-someone who claims to have known him for over one thousand years. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer… Seamlessly weaving Chinese folklore, history, and literary classics, The Incarnations is a taut and gripping novel that sheds light on the cyclical nature of history as it hints that the past is never truly settled.
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Hailed as "China's Midnight's Children" (The Independent) this "brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel" (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate. Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you. So begins the first letter that falls into Wang's lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang's previous lives-from escaping a marriage to a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, and being a teenager on the Red Guard during the cultural revolution-bound to his mysterious "soulmate," spanning one thousand years of betrayal and intrigue. As the letters continue to appear seemingly out of thin air, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him-someone who claims to have known him for over one thousand years. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer… Seamlessly weaving Chinese folklore, history, and literary classics, The Incarnations is a taut and gripping novel that sheds light on the cyclical nature of history as it hints that the past is never truly settled.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Timo Chen, Joy Osmanski

Length:

14h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

39:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:27:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:12:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:19:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

34:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:09:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

22:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

45:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

50:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

30:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:43