By Cecily Wong

ISBN-10: 0062345451

ISBN-13: 9780062345455

A sweeping debut spanning from China to Hawaii that follows 4 generations of a prosperous delivery relations whose upward thrust and decline is riddled with secrets and techniques and tragic love—from a tender, strong new voice in fiction.

At the flip of the 19th century, Frank Leong, a fabulously filthy rich transport industrialist, strikes his kinfolk from China to the island of Oahu. yet whatever historical follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. the myth of the purple string of destiny, the wire that binds one meant loved to her ideal fit, additionally punishes for error in love, passing a damaging knot down the relations line.

When Frank Leong is murdered, his relatives is thrown right into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild of their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving contributors of the Leong family members attempt their hand at a brand new, usual lifestyles, vowing to bury their gilded earlier. nonetheless, the island keeps to whisper—fragmented items of fact and chatter, till a letter arrives twenty years later, sporting a confession that shatters the kin even further.

Now the Leongs’ survival rests with younger Theresa, Frank Leong’s in simple terms grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the inheritor obvious to her ancestors’ punishing knots.

Told throughout the eyes of the Leong’s secret-keeping daughters and better halves and spanning The Boxer uprising to Pearl Harbor to Sixties Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly strong story of tragic love, stunning lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice and, remarkable wish.

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Op. g. West 1966: 162, Rösler 1980: 295 n. g. Il. 438, Od. 645); cf. Krischer 1965: 172–3. 38 In addition to the direct patronage of the Muses at Theog. 96–103, note the correspondences between 22 and 8 (ŒÆºüò), 32 and 38, 104 and 8 (ƒìåæüåØò), as well as the implications of ŁÝóðØò (32) and the merging of Hesiod’s and the Muses’ song at 104–15. Setting the Scene 19 for us at this cultural distance. The Theogony may well be the oldest surviving Greek text to present the relationship between poetry and truth in explicitly problematic terms.

Tragic catharsis is best understood, I maintain, as the ‘benefit’ accruing from the conversion of painful into pleasurable emotions within the contemplation (theôria) of mimetic simulations of reality. This reading allows catharsis to be harmonized with Aristotle’s moral psychology as a whole: emotional responsiveness to ‘aesthetic’ objects can contribute to the appropriate exercise of ethically attuned judgements. Catharsis—Aristotle’s reaction, in part, to older Greek beliefs about the soul-transforming powers of verbal and musical arts—is not just the end-result of watching a tragedy.

Chapter 7 concludes the project of this book by analysing how the author (‘Longinus’) of On the Sublime brings together certain traditions of both poetico-rhetorical criticism and philosophical metaphysics in such a way as to fuse the values of ‘ecstasy’ and ‘truth’ into a new paradigm of the mind’s responsiveness to creativity of thought and feeling in language. Much of Longinus’ emphasis is placed on sublimity as an overwhelming, even ‘coercive’, impact—an effect, as he puts it, reaching ‘beyond persuasion’.

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