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Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

by Lu Xun

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The story begins with the narrator's visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his during his school years. The older brother informs him that the younger one suffered from a mental illness but got better and took a job in another city. During the time of his illness the brother kept a diary that the narrator is allowed to read. This is the "madman's diary" . The diary tells of the protagonist's growing obsession with the cannibalism which he believes is routinely practiced by those around him. He is convinced that sooner or later he will be eaten. As his paranoia increases, and with it his sense that cannibalism is widespread and prevalent even within his family, he despairs of saving himself.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
A great book. Diary entries show growing paranoia toward the people the protagonist encounters. Aren't they all cannibals? Mesmerizing. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
I listened to the title story, rather than read the book (which might have made a difference). The madness of the protagonist was delineated very quickly and like ripples from a stone dropped into a pool, it rapidly and obsessively spread out with more and more detail. But the stone that sunk to the depths? The original causation factor? That was missing which left the book frustratingly without depth. Perhaps this is what madness looks like, it certainly isn't madness explained.
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  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
Very short story. Man studies Confucian classics, thinks people are going to eat him. There's a bit of a political metaphor.

・テつ・テつ・テつ・テつ・テつ・テつ・テつュテつゥテつ・テつュテつ・! (Save the children!) ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
The person in the story is obviously very paranoid. a good insite into the mind of a person like this.
i wonder who the "they" are in the story though. is it the general townsfolk, or is it a particular grouping? it may be the former, as he mentions children. i wish he would say "why" they are after him.
he says inthe end of the third entry that all through the book "eat people" is scrawled. is it really written inthe book, does he imagine that he sees it, is there a subtle hidden message that says to eat people (ie,, a code or a cypher), or is there an implicit overtone that people should be eaten?
the repetition of phrases in the last passages of entry 4 is quite funny.
"save the children...."
  k_juice14 |
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