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Ode in which Tiger Slayer Wu Song avenges the murder of his older brother by brutally killing his brother s former wife and murderer Pan Jinlian The story ostensibly set during the ears 1111 27 during the Northern Song Dynasty centers on Ximen ing a corrupt social climber libertine and lustful merchant who is wealthy enough to marry a consort of six wives and concubines After secretly murdering Pan Jinlian s husband Ximen ing takes her as one of his wives The story follows the domestic sexual struggles of the women within his household as they clamor for prestige and influence amidst the gradual decline of the Ximen clan In the Jin Ping Mei anti hero Ximen ing in the end dies from an overdose of aphrodisiacs administered by Jinlian to which he has become addicted and dependent in order to keep up his sexual potency In the course of the novel Ximen has 19 sexual partners including his 6 wives and mistresses with 72 intimately described sexual episodes a level of erotic repetition reminiscent of the works of the Maruis de Sade and Henry Miller in Nexus Sexus and Plexus Needless to say the Jin Ping Mei through most of history was severely repressed by the puritanical Confucian authorities as criminal pornography though its libertine anti hero Ximen ing receives full poetical justice and punishment for his crimes Even today mention of its name like de Sade in the West will bring a blush of enbarassed shame to most Chinese cheeks oung and old THE SCHOLARS OR RU LIN WAI SHI BY WU JINGZIThe Scholars written in 1750 by Wu Jingzi during the ing Dynasty describes and often satirizes Chinese scholars in a vernacular Chinese idiom The first and last chapters portray intellectual recluses but most of the loosely connected stories that form the bulk of the novel are didactic and satiric stories on the one hand admiring idealistic Confucian behavior but on the other ridiculing over ambitious scholars and criticizing the civil service examination system describing the officials and orthodox scholars who succeed in the system as mindless conformists and intellectual ciphers whose knowledge rarely exceeds the Cliff Notes and cram course exam fakery of the times exemplified by the rote mechanical guidebooks to the Eight Legged Essay for the Imperial Examination Instead the novel honors the somewhat bohemian and counter cultural intellectual circles on the fringe of official society freuented by actors poets artists bibliophiles and the true scholars of the heart who despise the official poseurs and conseuently lead insecure lives and suffer financial decline Promoting naturalistic attitudes over belief in the supernatural the author rejects the popular belief in retribution his bad characters suffer no punishment The characters in these stories are intellectuals perhaps based on the author s friends and contemporaries Wu also portrays women sympathetically the chief character Du treats his wife as a companion and soulmate instead of as an inferior Although it is a satiric and counter cultural novel a major incident in the novel is Du s attempt to renovate his family s ancestral temple suggesting the author shared with Du a belief in the importance of a true and authentic Confucianism as opposed to the poseur Confucianism of the ruling bureaucratic class SPIRITUS MUNDI AND THE CHINESE NOVELMy own work Spiritus Mundi the contemporary epic of social idealists struggling to save the world and avert WWIII with a revolutionary new United Nations Parliamentary Assembly also draws on Chinese tradition Over a third of the novel takes place in China and the novel was written entirely in Beijing One of the main characters of the mythic portion of the novel is the Monkey King Sun Wukong who along with Goethe guides the protagonists on a uest to the center of the earth and to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy to save the world from a conspiracy to bring about WWIII In China I knew Sydney Shapiro the translator of The Outlaws of the Marsh and also worked with the daughter of Gladys Yang the translator of the Dream of the Red MansionWorld Literature Forum invites ou to check out the great Chinese novelists of World Literature and also the contemporary epic novel Spiritus Mundi by Robert Sheppard For a fuller discussion of the concept of World Literature ou are invited to look into the extended discussion in the new book Spiritus Mundi by Robert Sheppard one of the principal themes of which is the emergence and evolution of World LiteratureFor Discussions on World Literature and n Literary Criticism in Spiritus Mundi SheppardEditor in ChiefWorld Literature ForumAuthor Spiritus Mundi NovelAuthor s Blog Mundi on Goodreads Mundi on Book I Mundi Book II The Romance Robert Sheppard 2013 All Rights Reserved One of the best Chinese classics for readers who governed by their aesthetic rather than libidinal self I read it when I was 29 and I felt both aesthetic beauties and libidinal restlessness during the reading Now a decade passed only the former left and took deep roots in my mind I shall read it again It took me over three months to finish reading this 1332 page Chinese classic novel There are apparently several popular versions that are based on abridged imprints published under the Chongzhen reign 1627 1644 The version I read is one based on the 1617 unabridged imprint published during the Wanli reign 1573 1620 This version has a preface written by who claimed to be a friend of the author s and who stated therein the author s motive for writing the novel He also confirmed that the author was from the Lanling County of Shandong Province which explains why the novel was written in the Lanling vernacular The direct translation of the author s pen name is The Scoffing Scholar of Lanling The story is a spin off of one of the sub stories in Water Margin one of the four great Chinese classic novels about Pan Jinlian who murders her husband when her adultery with wealthy merchant Ximen ing is discovered and who is subseuently killed by her husband s brother the tiger slayer Wu Song Outside of this particular episode Jin Ping Mei has an entirely different plot and cast of characters It is about the libertine life of a middle class merchant Ximen ing and his concubine Pan Jinlian and how their vices lead to self destructionAs for the title name each character represents the given name of one of the three female protagonists Jin is Pan Jinlian a concubine of Ximen ing s Ping IS LI PING ER ANOTHER OF HIS CONCUBINES MEI Li Ping er another of his concubines Mei Pang Chunmei a housemaid who rises in status On a deeper level the character Jin is a symbol for money Ping is a symbol for alcohol and Mei symbolizes sexThe major difficulty in reading this classic is the vernacular It takes a little getting used to The story is set in Northern Song dynasty 960 1127 but the contents reflect the decadent and corrupt gentry lifestyle of the Ming DynastyThe novel s greatest strength lies in the detailed description of day to day living of people in the middle class as well as those in lower classes from food to clothes to etiuette to traditional customs It is true there are also graphic descriptions of sex which was the reason why the novel was officially banned most of the time It is also true that the novel is much than about sex The whole novel is premised on a karma theme that retribution will be exacted on those who embrace lust greed and doing harm to othersIn my view this novel should be categorized as realism fiction A society that tries to ban such a novel is a hypocritical societyI m giving this classic 35 stars rounded up This great Chinese pornographic classic is a spin off of a favorite passage and beloved character in Shui Hu Chuan The Water Margin Probably the word pornographic is informative enough but the juicy bits in this translation are in Latin which is pretty funny Beyond that the family life described in this novel is fascinating and complex The characters are complex and interesting and the ending of the novel is nothing if not redemptive Other than a very fascinating and possibly very honest account of life in a feudal Chinese society this is also a cautionary tale of how one can literally die from having too much sex Two of the main characters die this way It may sound hilarious but I guess its not that far away from the truth A bit lengthy but on the whole very entertaining and informative It was the third Chinese novel of The pl iade collectionI believe that there is nothing difficult than to write an erotic novel It is necessary to cause the desire without being vulgar nor ridiculous Such a Chinese novel of the XVII wakes up in us interest That evokes a torrid erotism refined with a little perversion At the beginning I finded enough that been successful Well uickly that becomes repetitive and slightly tedious As much there are of them 2 volumes of than 1000 each one pages I did not exceed a few hundreds of pages because boredom uickly gained I do not think to read it again one day. T of a literary cycle Outlaws of the Marsh and is primarily a fin de siecle romance with adultery as key theme the book it best compares to is of course Mort d'Arthur and Jin Ping Mei's author should be celebrated for unlike Mallory experiencing life outside prison wall. Social classes with intricate subplots and detailed descriptions of buildings gardens furniture cuisine medicines clothing poetry etiuette games performances and pastimes of the aristocracy and others The novel has simi autobiographical features as the author Cao Xuein 1715 1763also came from a declining family successful in the early ing Dynasty but reduced in fortune and circumstances until the author died in relative poverty and obscurity whille completing his immortal epic in BeijingReduced to its most central characters the story focuses on a oung man of the Jia family Jia Baoyu coming of age surrounded by female cousins and slightly effeminate and romantic in his temperament who falls in love with but cannot marry Lin Daiyu a poor relation cousin who has a spiritual beauty that accompanies her declining health His Golden Days are spent cavorting with these cousins and friends in aristocratic pleasures and cultivated pastimes such as writing poetry couplets to each other watching Chinese Opera performances and frolicing in the Pleasure Garden of the family estate As the ears go by Jia Baoyu protected and spoiled by his doting grandmother interminably procrastinates in pursuing the twin adult responsibilities urged on him by his parents His stern Confucian father urges on him the duty of studying hard passing the Imperial Examination becoming a court bureaucrat and restoring the family s declining material fortunes His mother urges that he find an appropriate match as a wife from a successful aristocratic family that can extend and enhance the waning power and wealth of the extended family Instead Baoyu dallies in adolescent games and pleasures sexual experimentation and petty intrigues holding on to the splendor in the grass of the family Pleasure Garden and feels that his love bond with his poor cousin the ailing Lin Daiyu is spiritually fated which it proves to be to the unhealthy detriment of all The immense novel also operates powerfully on a symbolic spiritual level with the opening chapter from which the alternative title The Story of the Stone derives literally containing the entire novel condensed into symbolic form Following ancient Chinese Taoist and Buddhist myth a stone rejected by a goddess who was repairing the sky is picked up by a Buddhist monk and a Daoist priest and taken to the world of the mortals to be found eons later by another Daoist with the story of its worldly forefated experience inscribed upon it Unfit for the pure unadulterated life and condition of heaven the stone is forefated to suffer birth and death in mortal life below et also tragically retains alloyed within itself the divine substance of heaven Before the stone enters upon mortal life and destiny however it like the Little Prince of Exuperay tenderly waters with sweet dew a lovely flower not of this world who in turn incurs a karmic debt towards the stone which must be repaid in the mortal world of human life The story of the stone is thus the inscribed fate of the stone written on itself suspended somehow ever insecurely as of all human endeavor somewhere between heaven and earth but also becomeing in reiteration or reincarnation the story and destiny of Jia Baoyu as an individual human mortal who like the Biblical sheep gone astray of Isiah s Suffering Servant passage or the miscast ploughman s seed finds another existential and singular destiny fatedly unhappy in this world s material context Thus we learn in the novel that Jai Baoyu was born with a jade stone in his mouth trailing as it were Wordsworthian clouds of glory in his birth and from thence relives the story of the stone in his ill fated mortal life while his beloved Lin Daiyu a reincarnation of the beautiful other worldly flower loved and watered by the stone in heaven pays her karmic debt to the stone in her undying et ill fated love and devotion for Jia Baoyu in this world Meanwhile as each of the characters works out their spiritual destinies the Jia family declines further and further in its worldly fortunes THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST OR XI YOU JI AND THE MONKEY KINGPerhaps the most beloved novel by all Chinese people from children to adults is the immortal Journey to the West of Wu Chengen which tells the story of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist Monk Xuanzong to India to obtain and translate Holy Buddhist Scriptures aided by the magical Monkey King Sun Wu Kong a lovable Pigsy or Zhu Bajie character endowed with gargantuan physical strength and appetites and a down to earth and practical monk Sandy or Sha Hesheng In the long narrative of their adventures they repeatedly are assaulted en route by demons and evil forces plotting to defeat the Tang Monk s spiritual mission but which are always defeated by the combination of talents and forces of the pilgrim brotherhood led by the rebellious and precocious genius and magical powers of the Monkey King a figure derived from the earlier character Hanuman in the Indian Ramayana As both the Journey to the West and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms have already been treated in greater depth in other blog entries in this series I will not go into great depth in their description THE ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS OF LUO GUANZHONGThe Romance of the Three Kingdoms tells the historically true story of the wars and struggles between the three kingdoms Wei Shu and Wu which arose between 169 AD and 280 AD when the Han Dynasty Empire comparable in scope and population to the contemporaneous Roman Empire broke apart before again acheiving reunification As a novel loosly based on real history but treated with artistic license like Duma s Three Musketeers saga it tells the story of the Iron Brotherhood of devoted friends and heroes Liu Bei Guan Yu and Zhang Fei who swear their one for all and all for one oath of allegiance to restore the Han Dynasty in the famous Oath of the Peach Garden also vowing to protect the oppressed They are opposed by the arch Machiavellian dictator Cao Cao whom they must defeat but are aided by the genius general Zhuge Liang The story of their struggle ultimately successful but not before their deaths has become as familiar to all Chinese Japanese and Korean persons as the stories of Julius Caesar Mark Anthony and Cleopatra are in the West THE WATER MARGIN OR ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS CLASSIC OF OUTLAW GALLANTRY AND ADVENTURE SONG JIANG THE CHINESE ROBIN HOODThe 14th Century classic The Water Margin Shui Hu Zhuan also known as Outlaws of the Marsh as translated by American epatriate Sydney Shapiro and All Men Are Brothers as translated by the first female American Nobel Prize Winner Pearl Buck is written in vernacular Chinese and attributed to the writer Shi Nai an The Robin Hood esue story set in the Song Dynasty tells of how a group of 108 outlaws gathers at Mount Liang or Liangshan Marsh to form a sizable army of adventurous outlaws before they are eventually granted amnesty by the government and sent on campaigns to resist foreign invaders and suppress other rebel forces As such it depicts many of the contradictions in feudal Chinese society based on repression and exploitation of the mass peasantry by a corrupt and oppressive landed aristocracy and imperial bureaucracy which generated repressed and often co opted its opponents The novel focuses on the exploits of the outlaw Song Jiang and his thirty six sworn brothers and their heroic adventures reminiscent of the tales of Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest in the West THE CHINESE EROTIC CLASSIC JIN PING MEI OR THE GOLDEN LOTUSThe Jin Ping Mei or The Golden Lotus is a Chinese naturalistic novel composed in vernacular Chinese during the late Ming Dynasty by an unknown anonymous author taking the pseudonym Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng or The Scoffing Scholar of Lanling circulated first in surreptitious handwritten copies then printed for the first time in 1610 Its graphically explicit depiction of sexuality has garnered the novel a level of notoriety in the Chinese world akin to Fanny Hill Lady Chatterley s Lover or the the novel a level of notoriety in the Chinese world akin to Fanny Hill Lady Chatterley s Lover or the de Sade in Western literature but critics nonetheless generally find a firm moral structure which exacts moralistic retribution for the sexual libertinism of the central charactersThe Jin Ping Mei takes its name from the three central female characters Pan Jinlian Golden Lotus Li Ping er Little Vase a concubine of Ximen ing and Pang Chunmei Spring plum a oung maid who rises to power within the family of the decadent libertine Ximen ing Princeton University Press in describing the Roy translation calls the Novel A Landmark In The Development Of The Narrative Art a landmark in the development of the narrative art not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world historical contextnoted for its surprisingly modern techniue and with the possible exception of The Tale of Genji 1010 and Don uixote 1605 1615 there is no earlier work of prose fiction of eual sophistication in world literatureThe Jin Ping Mei is framed as a spin off from the classical novel The Water Margin The beginning chapter is based on an epis. E academic tradition of disassociating one's self from erotica in any form Western scholars will often compare this book with Don uixote and other non English masterpieces of a certain age To which we at Silk Pagoda reply considering that Jin Ping Mei comes to us as par. ,

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