How Much of These Hills Is Gold follows two Chinese-American children as they wander the American West searching for a place to bury their father, for acceptance and belonging, and for any place or people they can call home.
Despite being marketed as a novel about revenge against the elite class, I frankly did not give a shit about the royal drama once I got there—at that point, I wanted to know what the islanders were up to, as they were far more interesting and better developed than most of the royal characters.
Literature has a capacity to haunt—to pop up unbidden in impossible places in the brain, to radically recontextualize a space, to become an embodiment of history—and the best stories here do just that.
It is undeniable that Tolkien and Lewis had a profound influence on the genre of fantasy; Cecire, however, implies that it is their manipulation of the English curriculum at Oxford that is largely responsible for the subject matter and ideology of the work produced by the so-called Oxford school of authors and their successors.
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