Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

Digging Your Grave With A Pearl Oyster Shell – Ten Nights of Dreams, Part 1

The next Japanese language selection I have chosen for this year is Natsume Soseki’s “Ten Nights of Dreams” (夏目漱石の”夢十夜”), which is a short story rather than a novel. All of the dreams are written from the first person perspective and … Continue reading

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Resolving the Hard Feelings Over the Concubine Xiang Incident – Princess Returning Pearl: Companion in the World of Mortals, Volume 61, Part 2

In the last half of this series selection, the Princess Returning Pearl novel, 瓊瑤全集的《還珠格格:紅塵作伴》, we pick up the story at chapter 56. Most of the chapters have between three and five scenes. Chapter 56 starts off with Xiao Gezi asking … Continue reading

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Orphan Acrobats and Fugitive Princesses Performing in Luoyang – Princess Returning Pearl: Companion in the World of Mortals, Volume 61, Part 1

This month’s series features a novel based on an old 1998-99 TV series “Princess Returning Pearl” that was one of the earliest roles Zhao Wei (I think known as Vicki Zhao in US productions) starred in. Fan Bingbing also appears … Continue reading

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Insulting a Monk and Searching for a Gisaeng – Land, Vol.5, Part 4

I’m going to quickly finish up this volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》) this post so I can stay on schedule. Generally, I really like this second story arc better than the first since … Continue reading

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The Mendicant Priest With the Gong and the False Heir – Land, Vol.5, Part 3

Next, we turn to the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》), and volume 5 consists of three parts. The first part is the final chapter of Part 2 “Love and Hate” from volume 4, which covers “Seohui’s … Continue reading

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The Death of a Little Bird – Land, Vol.4, Part 2

This will be a quick interim post continuing to look at Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》). We’re in the second story arc, picking up the narrative with chapter six, “Jeongho’s Question.” This chapter follows some new characters, but it’s really … Continue reading

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Conflagration and New Construction – Land, Vol.4, Part 1

This year’s literati corner book is the next story arc covered in three slim volumes from Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》).  The novel covers three generations of the Choi family experiencing the modernization of Korea. It was originally serialized in … Continue reading

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Fate, A Cruel Bridle – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 3

Finishing up volume 3 of the first book of Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), we pick up with chapter 5 “Deokman, Child of the Desert.” The scene is set in the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin out in … Continue reading

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The Birth of Twin Princesses and Flight Into Danger – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 2

This post we will continue our look at the first book of Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV show by the same name. Chapter 2 continues with a focus on Mishil … Continue reading

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A Cry in the Night With a Quick Linguistic Lesson – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 1

This year, I’m rearranging our reading schedule back to the old order I usually do them in, so I’m starting with my short-term Korean selection, Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV … Continue reading

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