Category Archives: Literati Corner

False and True Form Combine When the Jade Hare is Captured – Journey to the West, Part 6

We’ve finally reached the final volume of Journey to the West in our series for the year, and it covers chapters 84 through 100.  The first line is rather fun, given how prevalent the idea that Sanzang the monk is … Continue reading

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A White Soul Hangs, A Mirror In the Sky, Reflected Whole in the Mountain Stream – Journey to the West, Part 5

As I cover volume 5 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, the story arc that began in the last chapter of the last volume had Sanzang and his disciples cleaning up the putrid lane … Continue reading

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Even the Vegetable Spirits Had Taken Him Along For a Night of Elegant Conversation – Journey to the West, Part 4

In this post, I will cover volume 4 out of 6 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, which includes chapters 51 through 67, translated by W.J.F. Jenner.  Before I get back to the story, … Continue reading

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Pure Yields to Foul and Foul to Pure as Fate’s Wheel Turns – Journey to the West, Part 3

In this post I will cover volume 3 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 34 through 50.  The story arc where we left off in volume 2 with Monkey stuck under a mountain … Continue reading

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After Several Lives in the Sea of Suffering She Had Purified the Waves – Journey to the West, Part 2

Now that I am finished working on my Korean textbook, I can catch up on the Literati corner as well.  This post will cover volume 2 of Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 16 through 33.  … Continue reading

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When An Egg Was Turned Into A Monkey To Complete the Great Way – Journey to the West, Part 1

This year, my Literati Corner selection will be Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en.   I will be splitting it into six parts that will be reviewed in posts between each of my regularly scheduled series.  This novel is at … Continue reading

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The Marriage Proposal and the Mysterious Rescuer – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 3

This post will wrap up our look at Kwang-su Yi’s novella Mujŏng (The Heartless).  As the old woman and Hyŏng-sik race to P’yŏngyang  to stop Yŏng-ch’ae from committing suicide, Hyŏng-sik remember how he was nearly raped by a group of … Continue reading

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Under the Influence of the Cinnamon Moon Flower – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 2

As we continue our look at the Korean novella Mujŏng by Kwang-su Yi, we flash back to Yŏng-ch’ae’s painful situation after selling herself at age 13 to become a kisaeng (Korean geisha).  This part is very ugly and brutal, and … Continue reading

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A Kisaeng from P’yŏngyang Disrupts a School – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 1

For my final series of 2016, I want to cover another East Asian classic, this time Korea’s Mujŏng (The Heartless), a novella written by Kwang-su Yi. Mujŏng was serialized in 1917, and it runs about 270 pages. You can purchase … Continue reading

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My Heart Is There in the Sleeve of an Unkind Lady – Tale of Genji, Part 5

We’re in the home stretch in finishing the epic Japanese novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku.  One more post after this, and we’ll have completed our 2016 read along.  Anyone wanting to join me at this late date … Continue reading

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