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Don Juan of China: An Amour from the "Chin P'ing Mei"

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by Samuel Buck
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Don Juan of China: An Amour from the "Chin P'ing Mei" by Samuel Buck

The present book recounts one of this Chinese Don Juan's more famous affairs, his pursuit of, and by, the beautiful, seductive Madam Slender Li. The story is charmingly retold in words and pictures by the well-known Hong Kong artist Kwan Shan-mei, in such a way as to recapture the full flavor of the original but without, it is hoped, quite arousing the censors to their full Lady Chatterley wrath. The book also provides remarkable insights into Chinese life and feelings, while the pictures, based upon careful research, give an authentic setting for a fascinating text.

Herbert A. Giles, in his History of Chinese Literature, has called the Chin P'ing Mei a "marvelous work" which is "altogether objectionable, and would require a translator with the nerve of a Burton." Miss Kwan has fortunately found her Burton in Samuel Buck. This is the nom de plume of a former British naval officer who first came to China forty years ago and is now retired, with his Chinese-born wife, in Hong Kong, where he pursues his lifelong interest in the Chinese novel and its popular idiom.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 101
Size: 18.2 MB
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781462916153 (DRM-EPUB)

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