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Kai Lung Raises his Voice: has anyone read this collection?

Ernest Bramah

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1DCBlack
Jul 26, 2010, 3:10pm Top

I just ordered this book online from amazon, and can't wait for it to arrive. Has anyone else ordered it? Can anyone comment on the stories within, particularly those not previously published?

2harrygbutler
Jul 26, 2010, 4:43pm Top

I'll be ordering it soon, as I certainly will welcome hitherto-unread Kai Lung stories. Thanks for letting people know that it is available!

3jfclark
Jul 26, 2010, 9:42pm Top

I'm ecstatic to learn of a new collection! I have "Six," but to have four more stories promises to be a rare delight. Thanks for the lead!

4pdurrant
Jul 27, 2010, 11:14am Top

I'm delighted to see other fans of the Kai Lung stories. I should quickly say that I'm the publisher of "Kai Lung Raises His Voice", and I'll be very interested to hear what you think of the stories.

Of the new ones, I'm particularly fond of "The Romance of Kwang the Fruit Gatherer". (The ebook version also includes the shorter version of this story, "The Emperor Who Meant Well".)

I have recently contracted with the copyright holder to produce new editions of the other five Kai Lung books, and also "The Mirror of Kong Ho". These should be appearing in two batches over the next 12 months, the first three sometime this year.

Oh — if anyone has suggestions for good royalty-free images suitable as covers for the first three books (The Wallet of Kai Lung, Kai Lung’s Golden Hours, Kai Lung Beneath The Mulberry Tree) I'd be very pleased to have them. You wouldn't believe how long it took me to find the cover image for "Kai Lung Raises His Voice"!

5DCBlack
Jul 27, 2010, 2:02pm Top

My copy arrived in the mail yesterday. I read the preface and the first story ('The Subtlety of Kang Chieng') last night. I can't believe it took over 100 years for this story to get published! Normally, when seeing these 'lost works' - the stories from the bottom of the barrel, so to speak- come out, I am prepared for mild disappointment, as I realize that there was perhaps a reason why they remained buried for so long. But in this case, I was not disappointed in the least. This story would have fit very well in The Wallet of Kai Lung. After a brief humorous introduction, in which Kai Lung is called upon by two individuals to resolve a dispute between them, his decision reminds him of the story which he proceeds to relate. If the rest of the previously unpublished stories are as good as the first, then this collection is an essential addition to the Kai Lung library.

I love the cover art chosen too. Very beautiful and appropriate for the work. As far as cover art for future books, there is some interesting art at the chinese aesop blog, such as:

http://chineseaesop.blogspot.com/2009/08/in-life-there-is-no-rest.html

-or-

http://chineseaesop.blogspot.com/2009/08/emperor-wuding-did-not-speak-for-three....

Don't know if those images require royalties.

-DCB

6willgrstevens
Jul 28, 2010, 1:25pm Top

Yes, I liked 'The Subtlety of Kang Chieng' also. In my opinion, the overall quality is a bit patchy, but it's marvellous actually to have some new Kai Lung stories. I thought about trying to get hold of a second hand copy of 'Six', but the prices of the copies on sale in Abebooks were horrendous. And now to get these stories, plus a lot more for a mere £8.99 ...

7wirkman
Nov 29, 2010, 3:25am Top

I visited a local museum, and was struck with Chinese ceremonial art that has a quality that suggests to me a Kai Lungish effect:

http://gallery.me.com/wirkman#100317/DSCN0040&bgcolor=black

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