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Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (Penguin Classics) Paperback – October 31, 2006
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Focusing on the text itself, the stories complied in this volumne do not, by any stretch of the imagination, fall into the horror or weird tale genres familiar to Western readers (so don't expect scares or chills). They should instead be considered re-imaginings of folk stories which usually carry some sort of moral message or injunction. For modern readers unfamiliar with (or uninterested in) the origins and significance of Chinese myth and lore, these peices can be read and enjoyed purely as fantasy.Read more ›
These are tales rich in the folklore and everyday life of early 18th century China, John Minford provides copious footnotes and appendixes to guide you through an unfamiliar Asian society. This work was a great favorite of the late Victorian/Edwardian era due to the decadent elements in many of the stories I'm sure.
This is the ideal book for long wintry nights or warm days at the beach, regardless of the locale, this is a welcomed reprint of a fantasy classic of world literature.
While these are fairy tales, parents should be warned that most of the tales deal with sexual themes, and would not be appropriate for children. Readers of all other ages will be enthralled by these tales. I highly recommend this book.
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So many stories and so alien to our time and culture. This is a great bathroom (or waiting room) book - most stories are short and interesting due to the cultural shock..Published 6 months ago by Captain Mike
Strange, indeed! Some stories are quite good, many others leave you flat and wondering, "did I miss something?" The answer to that question is "no. That's it!"Published 7 months ago by Frank Henry
Most of these are "scary" stories I heard from my mum, from grown-ups and school teachers and on the radio during my childhood days in Chinatown, Singapore. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hsiaoshuang
I really didn't know what to expect from this collection of stories when I first picked it up, but I found myself carried away by their magic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A-Ron
A Chinese classic that is highly esoteric - not sure if non-Chinese readers would understand it - not even sure if modern day English-speaking readers of Chinese descent (like... Read morePublished 10 months ago by I. Chittick
I didn't love this as I did other Chinese classics. The fox symbolism (associated with women and spirits) was repetitive and tiresomePublished 13 months ago by Dolores Soldo
And leave us not forget STRANGE TALES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO, a seventeenth-century collection by Pu Songling. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Glenn J. Shea