Six Records of a Floating Life


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Nan Kang Bai Qi (04/13/1980 – 03/?/2008) wrote two autobiographical pieces in his life: “Six Records of a Floating Life,” and “Waiting Until 35 Years old.”

“Six Records of a Floating Life” recounts tidbits from the seven years (1999-2006) that Nan Kang and his boyfriend, who he refers to as “husband,” were together. From their first meeting as college first-years, to their cohabiting daily life in their 20s.

In 2006, their relationship ended, and Nan Kang wrote “Waiting Until 35 Years Old.”

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Waiting Until 35 Years Old (Sequel)
Waiting Until 35 Years Old (2)
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Date Group Release
08/01/21 Apple Translations c47-58 (end)
07/30/21 Apple Translations c35-47
07/30/21 Apple Translations c24-34
07/29/21 Apple Translations c11-23
07/29/21 Apple Translations c1-10
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dday0425 rated it
August 3, 2021
Status: Completed
I don't have much to review, but this is one of the story that I read multiple times already. And every times I read it, I still feel bittersweet and just want to sigh and hug the writer.

If you want to read a sweet and realistic romantic story, read only this one, it's good enough. But if you want to be emotionally tortured, go ahead and read its sequel "waiting until 35 years old" before come back to slowly read this again. It's worth it.

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To be honest, I think the writer himself is a very complicated person, hence him writing this and waiting until 35 years old is like him exposing his heart and his memories to the world. I really want to give him a hug. I appreciate him and his works so much (When I read his stories in Chinese, I couldn't help thinking his writing is really simple and beautiful. However, big applause to the translator too, s/he did such a great job!). It's to the point I myself even want to visit Changsha to see how is the city he was once living (and once complaining about, lol). I googled it and found out it's very developed now and even won the title of the happiest city in China for 10th consecutive years! Too bad he has no chance to see it, but I really really want to go there once to see it for him. I wish him to be not hurt anymore and be happy like this everyday.


if only time could stop in "Six Records of a Floating Life"... <<less
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red bean bread rated it
August 10, 2021
Status: Completed
This is a good book. Although it is quite simple, detailing the everyday life of a man (Nan Kang) and his "husband", it develops a whole new feeling with the author's other book, "Waiting Until 35 Years Old". I couldn't stop myself from crying until my throat felt parched and my mouth felt sticky, and the smell of tears clogged up my nostrils, but this was an altogether different experience.

I won't be surprised if I wake up tomorrow with swollen panda eyes, but I'd say that it's worth it. This... more>> story, unlike others, is a true story, more or less, and although still remaining quite plain, it's entire feel changes from the author's own life.

'“Waiting Until Thirty Five Years Old” was written in 2006 after Nan Kang broke up with his boyfriend of seven years, expressing his desire to wait for him until thirty-five years old.

Two years later, at twenty-eight years old, Nan Kang jumped into Hunan province’s Xiangjiang river' <<less
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PeonyDancer rated it
February 18, 2023
Status: --
I think the reason why this short story compilation (which is in reality a series of blogs) hit so hard, is because it’s an entirely autobiographical, real story. A compilation of author Nan Kang’s life with his boyfriend, from 1999 to 2006, who he refers to as ‘Husband’ throughout “Six Records of a Floating Life”. The writing is full of a love for the mundanity of life; 'Husband' is the best looking man, nor the smartest - but he's Nan Kang's warmth in this cold world.

However in 2006, Nan Kang... more>> breaks up with his boyfriend of 7 years, as ‘Husband’ is going to get married. The title of this blog “Waiting until 35 years old”, written in the time after their break up, expresses Nan Kang’s intention to wait for his boyfriend to return to him until he’s 35 years old, before moving on. Throughout these gradually shortening blog posts, Nan Kang expresses how when you’ve loved someone for so long, letting them go is like cutting off a piece of your heart. He hopes that one day he’ll look back on this pain and laugh - maybe someone else will be in his heart, or maybe ‘Husband’ may have returned to his side... or maybe he’ll be waiting, waiting without remembering why he’s persisting.

In 2008, Nan Kang jumped into Hunan Province’s Xiangjiang river; his corpse was found 15 days later on March 27th. He hadn’t yet turned 28.

I wish real life were as beautiful as the stories we usually like to read. <<less
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Realvnv rated it
January 2, 2022
Status: Completed
Because of my big brain, I read "Waiting Until 35 Years Old" first...

I feel like I've survived a plane crash, gone to the hospital, and died of food poisoning. In short, like shit.

I just want to cry but don't have any tears left. I'm feeling like this when it's just like fiction to me, Author-san really lived through.

The translation is excellent, give it a go.
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nctzen rated it
August 1, 2021
Status: Completed
reading this on it's own will makes it a boring story. But if you read 'waiting until 35 years old' with it, it has completely different and new feeling. What I do love about this story is how the main characters are normal. No excessive looking appearance, just a simple looking face that you can find anywhere. It makes it next evel bcs of how relatable it is especially bcs it's a true story
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AmeeAzure rated it
July 5, 2022
Status: --
This story is beautiful and tragic, I hated tragic endings and the protagonist suffering especially because of love, worst of all when the man he loves doesn't love him at least not enough to go through this with him. What I wanted to know was whether the man Nan Kang loved, regrets leaving him, I want to know what he thinks of all this. I wished Nan Kang wouldn't have met him in the first place, I wished he met someone who loved him enough to go through this with... more>> him. I know it isn't easy, but loving someone was never easy, you have to go through difficult times for love. Love is really painful, and Nan Kang already showed it through his work, I wished he had someone who could accept his s*xual orientation at that time, maybe he wouldn't have been so depressed, he'd think that someone at least understands and there might be hope. For my respect and love for the author, give this 5 stars. Love you Nan Kang, wherever you are. (╯︵╰,) <<less
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June 4, 2023
Status: Completed
Dear god, these two are toxic af together!

I don't condone or commend either. They're both toxic, but why, for the love of god, why would you stay with someone you actually can't stand?

This shows the events that lead up to 35.

... more>> 35 made me bawl uncontrollably, but this made me furious.

You can't help who you fall in love with, that's for sure, but somehow they missed it by a mile and ended up in a very poisonous relationship that baffles the hell out of me.

The author turns a beautiful phrase, but I am appalled that he publicized his relationship on his blog for the entire world to see. And I am not siding with his lover, either. Why the f*ck would you choke your partner unless you hated them?

I know mental and emotional health issues are dealt, or not dealt with, in Asia the same as they are in my own country, but jeez, this guy needed help.

35 wrecked the hell out of me, but this just pissed me off.


I still love you, laoshi. Probably more, knowing more of your version of your story now.

I just wish the ex-husband's was known too. <<less
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rorowingaway rated it
September 30, 2022
Status: --
This story is beautifully written. That scumbag of a man never deserved OUR LOVELY AUTHOR. OUR AUTHOR DESERVED BETTER. The way the author portrayed his pure love in his writing is absolutely beautiful. You can feel like you are part of the world being able to imagine at most what pain and happiness he went through. It really hits "THEEEE spot" for some of us since we might have experienced similar situations in out lifetimes directly or indirectly. Eitherways so amazingly written, have to thank the writer for sharing this... more>> with us.

May his soul rest in peace. You will always be missed. <<less
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I read novels to live rated it
February 17, 2022
Status: Completed
ಥ‿ಥ Dang it this was just so great, this is the first novel that I read with this type of ending

May I just say I will never read anything similar to this ༼;´༎ຶ ۝ ༎ຶ༽ I feel like my heart was torn into pieces.
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