Flowers in the Mirror

Flowers in the Mirror #2020

Flowers in the Mirror Written by Li Ju chen during the Qing dynasty Flowers in the Mirror is a classic novel of Chinese literature It is full of fanciful tales The term Flowers in the Mirror is an idiomatic phrase meaning
  • Title: Flowers in the Mirror
  • Author: Li Ruzhen Ju-Chen Li Tai-Yi Lin Shirley Zhao
  • ISBN: 9784871872416
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written by Li Ju chen during the Qing dynasty Flowers in the Mirror is a classic novel of Chinese literature It is full of fanciful tales The term Flowers in the Mirror is an idiomatic phrase meaning illusion An example is a moon as seen upon a body of water which appears to be close and near, but it is a mere reflection Empress Wu Tse tien The stories are set durWritten by Li Ju chen during the Qing dynasty Flowers in the Mirror is a classic novel of Chinese literature It is full of fanciful tales The term Flowers in the Mirror is an idiomatic phrase meaning illusion An example is a moon as seen upon a body of water which appears to be close and near, but it is a mere reflection Empress Wu Tse tien The stories are set during the reign of Wu Tse tien, female ruler Wu was actually an Empress of China who ruled from 690 to 705 Her reign was a part of the short lived Zhou dynasty, which interrupted the Tang dynasty Some traditional historians portray Wu as a power hungry woman who cared little for those who she hurt nor what she did A popular theory is that Wu killed her own child in order to become the empress She was recognized, however, as both capable and attentive even by traditional historians who disliked her behavior She had an ability to select capable people to serve as officials She was admired for this trait throughout the Tang and subsequent dynasties Wu was the only female emperor of China in than four millennia Fall from Grace The story begins with a terrible blizzard In show of hubris, Empress Wu issues a decree that all flowers must bloom At the time, the fairy of a hundred flowers, ruler of all flowers in the celestial realm, goes on a personal visit to Maku, another fairy In her absence, her subordinate fairies in response to the decree, take the initiative of blooming on their own The Jade Emperor, the ruler of all the heavens, noting this subordination, punishes the fairy of a hundred flowers He forces her to reincarnate in the human world She reincarnates as the daughter of Tang Ao Strange and Fantastic Lands Previously, Tang Ao, an aspiring bureaucratic scholar, took the official scholars examination, and had passed the exam, gaining an exalted official title However, because of his association with a failed coup against the Empress Wu, his title is revoked Despairing and disillusioned with the scholarly bureaucracy, Tang boards a sailboat, and with his brother in law, Merchant Lin, and a hired sailor Old Tou The three travelers sail on the open sea and visit various fantastic and strange countries They also encounter a variety of bizarre characters First is the country of the gentlemen Merchants there try to sell their best quality goods at the cheapest price while customers haggle and to pay for merchandise In the country of the Giants, virtuous people have rainbows under their feet Wicked people have dark clouds under their feet The government officials of this country cover their feet with multicolored robes cover so no one can tell if they have rainbows or clouds under their feet In the two faced kingdom, people have two faces one in the front and one in the back The faces in front are smiling, and the faces in the back are ugly The people of this kingdom are deceptive Another country has only people who always lie, and never tell the truth There are many other such strange countries The first half of the book describes the adventures of Tang Ao and his companions as they travel overseas by boat.
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    An ancient Chinese classic written sometime before 1830 Amazingly for its era, one of the main themes of the book is a fictitious national literary contest run by a rare female emperor for young women writers and poets The contest is set in the era of Empress Wu 684 705 but, as we are told in the introduction, there was no such contest in actuality, so apparently the author was proposing that one be held Much of the book concerns the contest who entered, who won awards and went on to the next le [...]

    I ve wanted to read this book for ages but it is quite hard to find I managed to rescue a copy at work from disposal, which appeared not to have been read The author is one of the great critics of the treatment of women in Chinese society and in many ways the book is designed to point out the injustice of the inequality between the sexes In the book the women are all educated and achieve great success with their literary abilities Set in the time of Empress Wu, she ordains that there should be e [...]

    This book lacks the kind of unity one would expect from a contemporaneous 1827 western novel, and the review will consequentially follow suit The book divides into three sections ignoring framing material First, a set of voyages to mythical islands, where dwell grotesque parodies of humankind people with bird s heads or whatever This reminds me of Gulliver s Travels, save that the number of odd places is here numerous and cursorily described Sometimes these merely an adventure other times they [...]

    a Thanks to Friend Vrixton for the heads up.b Completed in 1827, is why it s not in Moore.c enpedia wiki Flowersd New Englishing coming this Summer.e The gr db is probably a total wreck.f Or is it just a new edition Here s an hd from 1965 Flowers Mirror g 40 Ratings 6 Reviews h Thanks to Friend Ryan Allen I ve now found where to combine this new edition with earlier editions.i Hope maybe a Chinese competent Librarian might clean up the gr db a bit .

    A wonderful classic Chinese novel exploring, amongst other things, gender equality It reads differently to a Western novel, is fragmented and formal Lovely.

    note to self and my friends this was listed on along with book Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio 155054 as a Chinese Classic.

    This is not a book review, but just a thought It s not the best reading material for people who do not have a thorough knowledge of Chinese history, philosophies, folklore, religions, and some classics e.g Mountains Seas the book constantly makes reference to Without knowing those the story is a count of improbable voyages, and that s all It takes a Chinese mind to enjoy the many apparent surreal and absurd places, creatures and encounters, and to read beyond the lines Many Chinese readers today [...]

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