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The Collected Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, Vol. 1 (1963)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140185895, Paperback)China has been a wellspring of storytelling for over 2,000 years. Sadly, this fantastic literature is little known in the west outside the halls of academia, though a handful of recent 20th century authors have attained a respectable following. The stories in this volume date from the sixth century A.D. to the early part of the 20th century, and will give the listener a good feel for the subject. Astonishingly, the Chinese enjoyed from the earliest times many of the genres we take for granted today, from romance and love to adventure and satire.
Selections in Volume I:
THE WHITE MONKEY by Anonymous – A general's honor and self respect are on the line when his wife is kidnapped.
THE JADE GODDESS retold by Lin Yu Tang – Like a fine piece of exquisite porcelain, this wonderful story from the 6th century is a thing of delicate beauty. Will an artist put aside his creative gifts for the sake of love?
THE CANARY MURDERS by Feng Meng-lung – This twelfth century forerunner of the detective story attempts to sort out a string of mysterious deaths.
THE BOOK WORM by P'u Sung-ling – This is a humorous satire about a bibliophile who suddenly finds love.
K'UNG I-CHI by Lu Hsün – In this brilliant piece by the "Chinese Chekhov," an old fashioned scholar loses his way in life as modern society turns away from the kind of knowledge he treasures.
MR. PAN IN DISTRESS by Yeh Shao-Chün – War threatens the settled life of a provincial educator.
INTOXICATING SPRING NIGHTS by Yü Ta-fu – A look at the effects of a newly industrialized society through the eyes of a young scholar.
Running Time: 4 hours 29 minutes
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