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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He had a friend named Zeng, who had a similar capacity for drinking. He
happened to be passing by Ma's house, so Ma sent Tao out to invite him in to
drink with them. In absolute accord, Zeng and Tao gleefully drank uninhibitedly,
and Ma ...
Since Tao had revealed his true self, he began drinking with even greater
abandon, constantly sending invitations for Zeng to join him. Hence they became
inseparable. On the day of the Flower Fairy Festival, Zeng showed up with two ...
Man of green hills and white clouds: Zhu identifies him as Fu Yi, and claims that,
like Zeng and Tao, he drank himself to death (3:1434n48). Mayers notes that the
seventh-century B.C.E. historiographer was famous for denouncing the doctrines
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