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The Tale of Kiêu: A bilingual edition of Nguyen Du`s Truyên Kiêu Paperback – September 10, 1987
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Though it seems naïve to make it explicit, The Tale of Kieu is a morality tale peculiarly suited to speak to the sensibilities of any people under the yoke of tyranny; be it foreign or homegrown. The nature of tyranny is its unpredictability and most of the history of Vietnam could be written as a history of tyranny; whether Chinese, French, American backed, or completely native. In a society where little is certain, moral adaptability coupled with a sense of duty is valuable beyond quantification. Though not a hero in the sense that her lover Tu Hai is, a rebel and a fighter capable of greatness, she is a hero whom it is possible for ordinary people to emulate. Fate that has made her life a tale of woe, but she never becomes disgraced by it and she certainly never descends to depths of hatefulness of Scholar Ma, Dame Tu, and the company they keep.Read more ›
The work explores the many conflicting virtues imposed on Kieu by a Confucian society and how they affect her life. It is a classic as it is taught in school and quoted by almost any Vietnamese: the verses are even recited at social gatherings. Huynh Sanh Thong has done a great job in translating this work in English.
By the way, I nearly forgot to mention the annotation, they are also great!
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So much is lost in translation and over time that it can only wet our appetite for a deeper understanding. of her poetry. Still very beautiful and provocative.Published 11 months ago by Ed Schmidt III
I had no idea of this book, I just did a random search and this came up. Seems like a weird cover, I might have to check it out one day.Published 16 months ago by Bartok Kinski
Excellent transaction. Book was even better than described. I have read this beautiful tale a number of times. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jerry Biggie
Please do not require us to write long commend, we do not have enough time to do it, The short commend is enoughPublished on February 17, 2014 by nguyencam333