- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (May 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486471942
- ASIN: B005MZ9OIW
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,848,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wildside Press edition, however, is an inferior reprint edition. In a handful of places a character's faux-Chinese name is replaced by a similar ordinary English word, and in several places two paragraphs of dialogue run together with only a space, not the usual line break and indentation, between them. This is the quality that one expects from editions advertised with verbiage like "This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes ..." But the Wildside Press advertises no such possible defects. The lack of a table of contents adds insult to injury, since a couple of the stories are memorable gems that one may find oneself wanting to quote even years later.
If you don't like that style, you'll find it difficult to get past it to the entertaining and humorous stories of Kai Lung.
The formatting could use some improvement (uneven margins on my iPhone, double line breaks for paragraphs), but it's not too bad.
Actually, of course, these are stories written by Ernest Bramah, who did NOT live in ancient China, but only pretended he did, but from a Western perspective they're still extremely good stories, and in reality they were written for the Western world.