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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 arranged as "Nursery Fairy Tales," "Legends of the Gods," "Tales of Saints ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 21st 2008 by Dover Publications (first published 1914)
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Jun 20, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 24, 2017 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I got this for a quarter at recess from the bin at my middle school library. Also got a copy of 20,000 Leagues that way that I'm no longer able to find. This is an easy read, enjoyable, and I'd let anyone borrow, if used gently.
Last time, I read a Chinese Fairy Tale named Nightingale to them, and they liked it a lot. They told me they liked Chinese stories very much. So I decided to bring a Chinese Fairy Tale collections to read to them next time. In this book, there are lots of famous fairy tales in China. It is a pretty good collection. I will read to them and also explain the background knowledge to them. Since China has a long history, the stories are always mysterious and acttractive to people. In this book, there ...more
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Sep 18, 2016 Story Life rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book actually contains 74 short stories divided into several categories.

I really like most of the stories.

You can read complete set of stories free online using following link.

The Chinese Fairy Book - Chinese Folktales -
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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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