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The Chinese Fairy Book

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Abundant with imperiled princesses, sorcerers both kind and evil, anthropomorphic animals, otherworldly ghosts, and more engaging characters, this captivating collection of yarns from ancient China offers 73 spellbinding stories. Glowing with timeless myths and legends, the tales have been carefully arrangedas "Nursery Fairy Tales," "Legends of the Gods," "Tales of Saints ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 21st 2008 by Dover Publications (first published 1921)
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This has been so far one of the most disappointing books I read in 2014.
I usually really like traditional Chinese fairy tales and short stories, but I have yet to get to know a book that has been so carelessly translated like this one. It has probably been translated directly from Cantonese to English, hence the non-use of the default name translation. I would like to say that the translation problems are not so bad, but when it affect the storytelling, I consider it a big issue. Depending on th
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Richard Wilhelm was a German translator. He translated many philosophical works from Chinese into German that in turn have been translated into other major languages of the world, including English. His translation of the I Ching is still regarded as one of the finest, as is his translation of The Secret of the Golden Flower, both of which include introductions by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who ...more
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The I Ching or Book of Changes The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life Lectures on the "I Ching": Constancy and Change Lao-Tse und der Taoismus Li Gi: Diederichs Gelbe Reihe, Bd.31

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