The Academician

The Academician

Edward C. Patterson / Sep 19, 2019

The Academician A bigger fool the world has never known than I a coarse fellow with no business to clutch a brush and scribble I only know the scrawl because my master took pleasure in teaching me between my chores

  • Title: The Academician
  • Author: Edward C. Patterson
  • ISBN: 9781441499752
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • A bigger fool the world has never known than I a coarse fellow with no business to clutch a brush and scribble I only know the scrawl, because my master took pleasure in teaching me between my chores Not many men are so cursed Thus begins the tale of Li K ai men as told by his faithful, but mischievous servant, K u Ko ling a tale of 12th Century China, where A bigger fool the world has never known than I a coarse fellow with no business to clutch a brush and scribble I only know the scrawl, because my master took pleasure in teaching me between my chores Not many men are so cursed Thus begins the tale of Li K ai men as told by his faithful, but mischievous servant, K u Ko ling a tale of 12th Century China, where state service meant a life long journey across a landscape of turmoil and bliss A tale of sacrifice, love, war and duty a fragile balance between rituals and passions Here begins the legacy of the Jade Owl and its custodian as he holds true to his warrants The Academician is the first of four books in the Southern Swallow series, capturing the turbulence of the Sung Dynasty in transition Spanning the silvery days under the Emperor Hui to the disasters that followed, The Academician is a slice of world events that should never have been forgotten.

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      • Edward C. Patterson

        Edward C Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further post graduate work at Columbia University A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition He won the 1999 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader s souls from an indelible wellspring.Published Novels by Edward C Patterson include No Irish Need Apply, Bobby s Trace, Cutting the Cheese, Surviving an American Gulag and Turning Idolater Poetry includes The Closet Clandestine a queer steps out and Come, Wewoka and Diary of Medicine Flower.From my mind to your imagination .


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    1. 4+The turbulent 12th century. Bandit armies, barbarian armies. Misgovernment, corruption, starvation. I found this to be an often hard-hitting portrait of those times, full of moral complexity.Our young main enters the civil service and moves up to the court. He has an arranged marriage and a cut-sleeve affair. Cut-sleeve is old Chinese for gay. These relationships were told of very much within their setting. One thing that wasn’t within the setting I thought a shame: that’s a connection to [...]


    2. 12th Century China – Graduating with the highest honor at the academy, Li K’ai-men is charged by his great teacher and master Han Lin with carrying out a number of warrants both public and secret. Designated as the new superintendent of Su-chou, Li K’ai-men restores order and beauty to this chronically neglected area and proves he is more than an academic. However, Li is not perfect and his errors in judgment only serve to build his character; soon his talents are recognized by the Emperor [...]


    3. Original review at: goodbookalert/201The Academician (Southern Swallow, Book 1)Author: Edward C. Patterson (dancaster/)Genre: Historical FictionRating: 4.5 StarsThe Academician successfully transports the modern reader back in both mindset and experience to a exquisitely, but not overwhelmingly, rendered 12th-century China.Summary:Theory and study are not the same as practice. In the 12th-century Song Dynasty, Scholar-bureaucrat Li K'ai-men and his servant K'u Ko-ling are forced to confront this [...]


    4. I suppose one can label this work a gay historical at a stretch – but unlike many other such titles in the gay genre fiction ranks, this is not set in some Anglo-European country. Instead, the author takes us back almost a thousand years to the Sung Dynasty of 12th century ancient China where the Emperor is revered as a the son of heaven (i.e. a god incarnate) whose whims and fancies affect the lives and effect the demise of millions of subjects.Given the academic credentials of the author Pat [...]


    5. Edward C. Patterson, one of the most prolific indie authors I’ve encountered, has published (by my rough count) somewhere between 15 and 17 books and has another 6 or 7 on the way. Some of these are on Kindle, some in paperback, some available through both. The point is, this guy can generate some words. And he’s been writing long enough to have developed a confident command of the language. His books are rich in detail, and filled with minutiae. Patterson seems not to labor over every detai [...]


    6. The Academician - by Edward C. Patterson Ever since I read some of James Clavell’s Asian Saga stories in the 70’s, I have loved Asian epics. So when The Acedemician came into view, my interest was immediately piqued. The book did not disappoint. Patterson has written a story of the rise of a young scholar in 12th century China, who by his top marks in examinations for office is appointed to a post far exceeding the low rank of a fisherman’s son. His mentor has taught him well the adage `fo [...]


    7. Chinese Historical NovelThis writer knows his history &crafts his story within it. It's a good story that one hopes will turn into one of those great epic tales. Mr Patterson obviously has talent.I had to suspend my belief that a wife would want to share her body with a homosexual lover, but that was no more difficult than suspending my belief that a wife would choose her husbands 2nd wife or concubine in any other of the multitudes of stories by other authors If anything it seems like a mis [...]


    8. The first half was kind of slow, but the next half had a national crisis that spiced things up.


    9. This is a case of it's not you it's me.I tried to read something outside of my comfort zone (i.e. Romance, mystery, and graphic novels) and picked this because it had queer characters. But I've been reading for months and am only creeping forward in increments of one of two percent.I've no doubt the author knows his subject and he writes well but I'm not engaged with either the characters or the subject matter. I'm afraid it's time to give up because there are too many books that I *want* to rea [...]




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