Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 6
The weird and whimsical short stories in Strange Tales from Liaozhai show their author, Pu Songling (1640-1715), to be both an explorer of the macabre, like Edgar Allan Poe, and a moralist, like Aesop. In this first complete translation of the collection's 494 stories into English, readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality, and a wide range of Chinese folklore. Annotations are provided to clarify unfamiliar references or cultural allusions, and introductory essays have been included to explain facets of Pu Songling's work and to provide context for some of the unique qualities of his uncanny tales.
This is the sixth of 6 volumes.
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out. After they returned home, his elder brother scolded him for his rudeness. “
Since Sun Wukong is just a legend made up by Old Man Qiu,” replied Sheng, “
why treat him with so much respect like this? If this sage was really some kind of
exclaimed Sheng. “You show respect for the god and then this happens; you're
just as sick as I was, so it must not be because of Sun Wukong.” When his brother
heard these words, he became very angry with Sheng, declaring that the god ...
One day, Xu Sheng happened to be wandering out in the countryside when
suddenly a man dressed in cheap clothing came up to him and cried, “Master,
what's troubling you?” Sheng was preoccupied with his family's hardships, so he
guests: after only two small cups, Sheng could tell that it was special, superior to
all other tea. His fellow visitor explained to the old man, “This is my disciple, a
merchant who's traveled a thousand li to pay his respects to the celestials at their
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