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Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) Paperback – July 12, 1980
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“These tales from China are richly underscored by an ancient philosophical battle— the Taoist challenge to the hierarchical rigidity of the Confucian order— which gives the stories an edge and power uniquely their own. An enthralling collection.”
—Los Angeles Times
Top Customer Reviews
Browsing more today I haven't found anything approaching that level of violence, just my bad luck perhaps. The stories are fascinating, and the introduction is a wonderful explanation for Taoism and the tension with Confusianism that is reflected in this anthology.
Other stories (including "The Tiger Behind the Fox") would be at home among Aesop's fables - stories acted out by anthropomorphized animals, showing some moral or insight into human nature. Yet others (like Chuang Tzu's familiar "Butterfly Dreams") extract pithy parables from the classic books of wisdom.
Most of these stories are very short - some contain only one paragraph, few extend beyond their second page. This isn't a children's book, even if kids might like a few of the stories. It is a fascinating and varied glimpse at many of the ages and traditions that make up Chinese culture. It also shows how myths can grow up in very different ways than they did in the West; that sense of the familiar-but-not makes up a big part of this books quirky charm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it for a Chinese friend and did not read it. I was very glad to find it.Published 2 months ago by Jean K
Stories range from .5 to a couple pages in length. Includes insightful poetry and witty stories about love, Philosophy, animals, ghosts, and more. Arrived in a timely manner. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cameron Bass
Save your money this book is not a fairy book and does not have illustrations worthy of the title. The stories are rather negative and not very traditional in my opinion.Published 20 months ago by Michele Zhang
The tales and fables contained within this book are absolutely wonderful. The message in most all of these stand the test of time and are as relevant today as they were when... Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by C.Pappas
I was expecting much more - especially that the book was recommended by a friend. First of all - these are not stories for children, as many of them are involving concubines and... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by traveler
The book was was stories all about violence in China. It's not a book you can share with children.Published on February 3, 2014 by jft100