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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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Love Triangle at Thunder Peak Tower – Hidden Souls, Part 4

This time as we continue to look at Uncle Strange’s novel Hidden Souls (怪叔叔的“藏魂”), we have a number of smaller chapters. At this point, each chapter feels to me like a short story involving the same group of characters. The … Continue reading

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Sleeping in a bed are seven beautiful maidens, and one sleeper doesn’t awaken! – Hidden Souls, Part 3

This time as we continue to look at Uncle Strange’s novel Hidden Souls (怪叔叔的“藏魂”), we get into some really dark material. The next two chapters get into seriously evil Western historical personages in the most graphically violent and sexual way, … Continue reading

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Swirling Incense and Sword Dancing – The Scholars, Part 3

Starting around chapter 8 through at least chapter 13, The Scholars begins to center on Prefect Chu’s grandson, Hsien-fu Chu, and his circle of family and friends, including Prefect Chu’s nephews, Chan Lou and Feng Lou. The Chu family is … Continue reading

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