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Book of the Month June 2020 (or whenever!) - 《景恒街》 by 笛安

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biyalan

I’m halfway through chapter 2 now, and I have to say I’m liking it a lot. It moves along quite quickly, and there isn’t lots of description of scenery or anything, which I usually find much more challenging to read. There are some pithy quotes as well - just came across this one:

 

“钢铁侠并不是严格意义上的工作狂——他只不过是发自内心地讨厌私

人生活。”

 

Now that I’m into the story, I’m a bit more hopeful that I’ll be able to read it in a timely manner. Great pick! 

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Lu

I just finished chapter 5, in which we learn more about 关景恒's background...

 

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...which is pretty humble. He was an average guy in a small town, decent grades, and then he discovered he was a pretty good singer and became locally famous for it. But he wanted something bigger for himself than just another small-town life, so he went to university in Beijing. Where, it turns out, his small-town fame counted for absolutely nothing and he had to start all over again. This was poignant, I thought: had he stayed in his small town, he would have ended up a 'peaked in highschool' guy who ten, twenty years later would still try to coast on the glory days of his youth, so leaving was the right choice, but it still threw him for a loop.

 

What 关景恒 really wants is to be someone else, and that someone else is famous. I'm not quite sure yet what the rest of that other life would look like.

 

His and 小潘's app idea is approved, MJ Capital will invest, but only if 关景恒 basically kicks 小潘 out of the company. He does so. Then he takes 灵境· on a date, and he really does like her, it turns out. They kiss, 灵境 breaks up with Tony, but 关景恒 doesn't want to really be in a relationship with her just yet, partly because of the trouble his company would get in and partly because he is still unsatisfied with who he is.

 

I hope this doesn't turn into just a love story with pithy remarks now. I suppose I should just trust Di An, and also we have over 200 pages to go, so there's probably more coming.

 

@biyalan 'Pithy' is the perfect description of those remarks!

 

@murrayjames I thought of your remark when that thing happened with the coffee maker! Pretty sure that it is, in fact, not okay and the saga continues.

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murrayjames

In Chapter 6...

 

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...we learn that the coffee maker works! 钢铁侠 offers to make 灵境 and 文娟 Americanos and espressos, though they’d rather drink lattes. My comment: assuming high-quality beans, the right temperature of water, and care not to over extract, espresso is the correct choice.

 

Also in the chapter: 朱灵境 and 关景恒 now know each other in the biblical sense. In a business meeting at MJ HQ, 关景恒 introduces an attractive newcomer as his girlfriend, much to the shock and surprise of 灵境 and 小潘.

 

 

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Chapter 7

 

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小潘 assures 灵境 that 关景恒 and his new nominal girlfriend (幽幽) are just friends. In response, 灵境 hides in her bedroom under a quilt.

 

小潘 leaves for London for three months. 幽幽 says she and 关景恒 are no longer dating. 粉叠 recruits a popular cosplayer. Programmers in Beijing are underpaid. 关景恒 helps 灵境 look for her car.

 

 

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Chapter 6:

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Told out of order, for maximum surprising reveal value: shortly before MJ Capital agrees to fund 粉叠, 关景恒 finds out that Iron man is sleeping with Lingjing or wants to. 朱灵镜 comes to 关景恒's home/office (a 160 m2 one-room open space, 'designed for people who didn't care about all kinds of daily needs but felt a burning desire to play badminton in their living space'), admires the place and sleeps with him, as flash-forwarded in the prologue. But then, at the dinner where MJ announces they'll fund 粉叠, 关景恒 presents a hitherto-unknown woman as his girlfriend. 灵境 is shocked (as is 小潘), and the two don't see or contact each other for three months, until one day she comes to find 小潘 with a good excuse and sees & greets 关景恒. He is still in love with her and it kills him that he doesn't see her or hear from her.

 

The twists in this chapter I thought were so-so, but I still enjoy the pithy and witty writing. For my own reading convenience, I wish the chapters were a few pages shorter, because now they are just a little on the long side to read one chapter per sitting. Or maybe it's good for me, because now I force myself to read a little bit more per sitting than I otherwise would.

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murrayjames

Chapters 8–10

 

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灵境 witnesses 小雅’s alcoholic husband shouting at and striking her boss in an underground parking garage. 灵境 threatens to call the cops and eventually the husband flees. 灵境, 小雅, and 文娟 bond over drinks at the 小潘 residence.

 

The cosplayer music album project is a huge hit. 粉叠 becomes an overnight success, and 关总 a very rich man.

 

孟舵 holds a big birthday party and everyone attends. 灵境 gets drunk and is surreptitiously whisked home by 关景恒. People at MJ notice, and ask 灵境 what’s up between her and 关景恒. 钢铁侠 reassigns 灵境 to a project where she will not be romantically involved with the CEO her company has invested in. Turns out 钢铁侠 and 小雅 have a secret relationship of their own, and 灵境 knows about it.

 

潘垣 finds out his 粉叠 shares were drastically reduced by his partner and supposed friend 关景恒. 小潘 returns to Beijing, incredulous and pissed off. 灵境 is caught in the middle between her landlord, lover, and employer.

 

Unfortunately, there is not much coffee in these three chapters. The book is starting to feel like a soap opera.

 

 

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