Tag Archives: Taoism

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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The Illusion Group Subsidiary Companies’ Matchmaking Disaster – Breaking Soul of a Thousand Years, Part 2

Finishing up The Breaking Soul of a Thousand Years by Seba ( 蝴蝶 Seba 的《千年微塵》), the story continues with Junxin and Yinman staying with Huying for a few months before Yinman decides it’s time to go home.  But do they … 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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Slaughtering the Cat at Midnight – Red Wedding Dress, Part 3

Today I’m going to finish up our look at Ru Wan’s Red Wedding Dress (如宛的《紅嫁衣》). This time, I’ll start with the novel within the novel, which finishes up rather early in the text. The engagement party between Xiaoqian and Sheng … Continue reading

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The White Fox Holy Auntie, the Devil Queen & a Monk Named Egg – The Demon Suppressing Tale, Part 2

This time for the Literati Corner, we’ll be finishing up our look at the Ping Yao Zhuan by Feng Menglong (冯梦龙的 “平妖傳”, my translation: The Demon Suppressing Tale.) Since it’s public domain, I’ll give you the links again. Here is … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer Fox and the Bewitching Beauty – The Demon Suppressing Tale, Part 1

I decided to add a new column to my 2015 reading list, the Literati Corner, which will appear between every book we finish in the original languages, and this post kicks off the first installment. This time, I have selected … Continue reading

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