Год издания: 2006
Количество страниц: 256
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Falling in love, with all its accompanying problems, was a subject of obsessive interest among writers and readers in the Ming Dynasty, when society held strictly to arranged marriages. The stories in this engaging collection all deal with this theme in very different ways, sometimes comically, sometimes tragically. They portray young people choosing their own lovers, resorting to ingenious stratagems and risky escapades in defiance of contemporary mores. Chosen to represent the best works from the great age of the vernacular story, they offer an admirable introduction to the world of Chinese fiction in this era. Part of the pleasure of reading these stories comes from the romantic adventure itself. A humble merchant finally wins the hand of a peerless courtesan, an unlikely outcome attributed to his superior tact and solicitude. A reckless scholar risks his life for sex but finds that romance can lead to karmic retribution. The tragic love story of two students suggests...