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Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest…

Kai Lung's Golden Hours (original 1922; edition 2009)

by Ernest Bramah

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Like Scheherazade of The One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, Kai Lung relies upon his prowess as a storyteller to save his neck when he's accused of treason. His traditional tales -- laced with thought-provoking aphorisms -- will transport readers to a mandarin's court in ancient China. Written by an English author admired by the likes of George Orwell, this captivating work is ripe for rediscovery.… (more)
Title:Kai Lung's Golden Hours
Authors:Ernest Bramah
Info:Dover Publications (2009), Paperback, 240 pages
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Tags:dover, fiction, short stories, asian, chinese, fantasy, golden books, bedroom library

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Kai Lung's Golden Hours by Ernest Bramah (1922)

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Droll, elaborately polite, as wirkman says, and just plain hilarious, for me. Dipping into this book, especially when depressed, has given me many a needed laugh over the years. Thanks, Tuck Langland, for the long-lasting lifeline! I had to buy myself a new copy a few years ago. ( )
  laursand | Aug 12, 2018 |
Although personally I like Bramah's Max Carrados stories about a blind detective, Bramah may be bet known for these stories set in a fictional version of traditional China, in which much of the humor derives from the elaborate and often elaborately humble language the characters use toward each other. Though Bramah was not, in fact, and did not pretend to be, an expert on Chinese culture, these stories do combine genuine Chinese elements --the villainous corrupt magistrate with his evil assistants, for example --with parodies of British life of the time. This book sets up a frame story in which the wandering storyteller Kai Lung, unjustly condemned by the wicked magistrate, prolongs his life by telling tales like Scherezade. However, the first tale explains the famous (and not in fact very ancient) "willow pattern" plate by a tale which is a parody of British trade-unionists (very unsympathetically depicted) are foiled in their strike by what amounts to mechanization. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 13, 2018 |
Droll stories of a fabulous ancient China. You know, the one with the occasional dragon. ( )
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Belloc, HillaireIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carter, LinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Only at one point along the straight earth-road leading from Loo-chow to Yu-ping was there any shade, a wood of stunted growth, and here Kai Lung cast himself down in refuge from the noontide sun and slept.
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