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SUMMARY 傾城之戀 ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î ❰Read❯ ➮ 傾城之戀 Author Eileen Chang – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Eileen Chang is one of the great writers of twentieth century China where she enjoys a passionate following both on the mainland and in Taiwan At the heart of Chang's achievement is her short Ity with an intense lyricism that echoes the classics of Chinese literature Love in a Fallen City the first collection in English of this dazzling body of work introduces American readers to the stark and glamorous vision of a modern maste. The incandescence of moonlight permeates Eileen Chang’s prose her stories tinged with the half light of heartbreak and centred upon the lives of mainly upper or middle class Chinese women in the mid 20th century Although it would be disingenuous to label Chang as a writer whose novels are centred on feminism she certainly actively explores the role of women in what was a patriarchal society from the stifling nature of social conventions surrounding a woman’s role in Chinese society to all of the prejudices and inhibitions which women faced Chang’s female characters have rich and well developed emotional lives Not that all of them are positive in fact few if any of the characters in any of the stories could be considered positive or likeable instead they all seem to be trapped in their selfishness or self absorption as in the case of the ‘Mistresses’ in ‘The Golden Cangue’ or naive and weak as in the case of Weilong in ‘Aloeswood Incense’ Yet trapped within the narrow confines of a woman’s position in Chinese society at the time it is easy to understand why the Mistresses who have little to no outside life outside of their homes are so insular and why Weilong who has had no chance to encounter romance before meeting the conniving playboy George iao can seem to naive and emotionally underdeveloped Her physical descriptions of the female character brings out the ephemeral beauty they radiate;“One of Madame Liang’s delicate hands held the banana leaf by the stem As she twirled around thin rays of light shone through the slits in the leaf spinning across her face”On the other hand the male characters who come from positions of power often come across as narrow minded bullies or in the case of Chaunjing malevolent and deeply insecure Chang actively tries to explore the negative aspect of the human condition her stories tinged with sadness and the sorrows of love and human relationships“To young people the moon of thirty years ago should be a reddish yellow wet stain the size of a copper coin like a teardrop on a letterIn the old people’s memory the moon of thirty years ago was gay larger and white than the moon now But looked back after thirty years of on a rough road the best of moons is apt to be tinged with sadness”Chang writes beautifully her metaphors such as the following are unusual and beautiful and obviously influenced by the poets of the Chinese Tang Dynasty;“The moon had just risen; it was dark and yellow like the scorch mark left on jade green satin when a burning ash of incense falls on somebody’s needlework” In addition to this Chang is able to give the world in which her stories take place depth via her painterly descriptions of the natural world;“It was almost dawn The flat waning moon got lower lower and large and by the time it sank it was like a red gold basin The sky was a cold bleak crab shell blue At the horizon the morning colours were a layer of green a layer of yellow and a layer of red like a watermelon cut open the sun was coming up”Chang’s stories are visually stunning explorations of the lives of upper and middle class Chinese society often from the point of view of women and represent a uniue synthesis of Chinese poetry and Western narrative styles She easily stands with other great short story writers of the 20th century such as Katherine Mansfield Salinger and Alice Munro and should really be read widely

傾城之戀Ity with an intense lyricism that echoes the classics of Chinese literature Love in a Fallen City the first collection in English of this dazzling body of work introduces American readers to the stark and glamorous vision of a modern maste. The incandescence of moonlight permeates Eileen Chang’s prose her stories tinged with the half light of heartbreak and centred upon the lives of mainly upper or middle class Chinese women in the mid 20th century Although it would be disingenuous to label Chang as a writer whose novels are centred on feminism she certainly actively explores the role of women in what was a patriarchal society from the stifling nature of social conventions surrounding a woman’s role in Chinese society to all of the prejudices and inhibitions which women faced Chang’s female characters have rich and well developed emotional lives Not that all of them are positive in fact few if any of the characters in any of the stories could be considered positive or likeable instead they all seem to be trapped in their selfishness or self absorption as in the case of the ‘Mistresses’ in ‘The Golden Cangue’ or naive and weak as in the case of Weilong in ‘Aloeswood Incense’ Yet trapped within the narrow confines of a woman’s position in Chinese society at the time it is easy to understand why the Mistresses who have little to no outside life outside of their homes are so insular and why Weilong who has had no chance to encounter romance before meeting the conniving playboy George iao can seem to naive and emotionally underdeveloped Her physical descriptions of the female character brings out the ephemeral beauty they radiate;“One of Madame Liang’s delicate hands held the banana leaf by the stem As she twirled around thin rays of light shone through the slits in the leaf spinning across her face”On the other hand the male characters who come from positions of power often come across as narrow minded bullies or in the case of Chaunjing malevolent and deeply insecure Chang actively tries to explore the negative aspect of the human condition her stories tinged with sadness and the sorrows of love and human relationships“To young people the moon of thirty years ago should be a reddish yellow wet stain the size of a copper coin like a teardrop on a letterIn the old people’s memory the moon of thirty years ago was gay larger and white than the moon now But looked back after thirty years of on a rough road the best of moons is apt to be tinged with sadness”Chang writes beautifully her metaphors such as the following are unusual and beautiful and obviously influenced by the poets of the Chinese Tang Dynasty;“The moon had just risen; it was dark and yellow like the scorch mark left on jade green satin when a burning ash of incense falls on somebody’s needlework” In addition to this Chang is able to give the world in which her stories take place depth via her painterly descriptions of the natural world;“It was almost dawn The flat waning moon got lower lower and large and by the time it sank it was like a red gold basin The sky was a cold bleak crab shell blue At the horizon the morning colours were a layer of green a layer of yellow and a layer of red like a watermelon cut open the sun was coming up”Chang’s stories are visually stunning explorations of the lives of upper and middle class Chinese society often from the point of view of women and represent a uniue synthesis of Chinese poetry and Western narrative styles She easily stands with other great short story writers of the 20th century such as Katherine Mansfield Salinger and Alice Munro and should really be read widely

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傾城之戀 î And endlessly treacherous shoals of family life Written when Chang was still in her twenties these extraordinary stories combine an unsettled probing utterly contemporary sensibility keenly alert to sexual politics and psychological ambigu. Part of my Fall 2017 Best Of Chinese Literature project; here and a cool list of books hereEileen Chang arguably China’s most influential female writer was a scholar of English literature which gives Love in a Fallen City an interesting kind of familiarity The setting is different but we've seen the plot before This is the one about the seducer and the fallen woman Liusu is divorced used goods When a wealthy playboy flirts with her she's torn flattered but wary But she agrees to go with him to Hong Kong where soon enough she finds herself ensnared He casually creates the perception that she's his mistress so her reputation is done for anyway; she can now keep her honor but only to herself or become a mistress in fact as well and at least get some temporary financial benefitChang was writing in the 1940s and what you hear is Victorian novels The rake is an invention of Victorian prudishness; this sort of scenario was already unfashionable So the big twist in this one is welcome and it's the only sort of twist that could really have surprised me view spoilerit turns out Liuyuan has been serious the whole time As the Japanese invade and bombs fall in Hong Kong they get married Hope of all things hide spoiler DOWNLOAD ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Eileen Chang

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Eileen Chang  0 SUMMARY Eileen Chang is one of the great writers of twentieth century China where she enjoys a passionate following both on the mainland and in Taiwan At the heart of Chang's achievement is her short fiction tales of love longing and the shifting. I wanted to read this because it appeared on the Powell's list of 25 books to read before you die which also includes several of my favourite books See below for the full listThis is a collection of stories set in Hong Kong and Shanghai in the 30s and 40s It is rich in local colour and period detail but I found it a little difficult to warm to perhaps because the culture Chang describes seems very alien to a modern western eyeAppendix Powell's 25 books to read before you die world edition ReadHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie NigeriaThe Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov RussiaInvisible Cities by Italo Calvino ItalyLove in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang ChinaLife and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee South AfricaHopscotch by Julio Cortázar ArgentinaThe Summer Book by Tove Jansson FinlandIndependent People by Halldór Laxness IcelandA Heart So White by Javier Marías SpainA Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry IndiaA Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami JapanLife A User's Manual by Georges Perec FranceBlindness by José Saramago Portugal The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald GermanyUnreadRashomon and Seventeen other Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa JapanVoices from Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich BelarusGabriela Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado BrazilMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante ItalyMirrors Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano UruguayToo Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal Czech RepublicThe Bone People by Keri Hulme New ZealandAnnie John by Jamaica Kincaid AntiguaNear to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector BrazilCities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif Saudi ArabiaThe Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz Poland