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The tale of Kieu (Cảo Thơm Trước Đèn)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  409 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Since its publication in the early nineteenth century, this long narrative poem has stood unchallenged as the supreme masterpiece of Vietnamese literature. Huynh's new and absorbingly readable translation (on pages facing the Vietnamese text) is illuminated by notes that give comparative passages from the Chinese novel on which the poem was based, details on Chinese allusi ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published January 28th 1973 by Vintage Books (first published 1820)
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Anh
ôi các cậu ơi phải nói là cuốn sách hay nhất trong năm 2015 mà mình đọc luôn í. thật không thể tin được hu hu.

bình tĩnh lại 1 chút để viết review cho tử tế nhưng mà đ' thể bình tĩnh đc =(( vì sao chúng ta lại học Kiều lúc chúng ta bằng tuổi Kiều bán thân (15t) trong khi cái đầu của bọn 15t thì không thể hiểu đc 1% của truyện Kiều? không khác gì cái câu "tuổi trẻ đọc sách như nhìn trăng qua cái kẽ" í. mình thề là hồi lớp 6 đc bố bắt đọc Kiều thì mình đọc kiểu bổ đầu ra nhét chữ vào còn thì chả hi
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Anh Thư
Feb 08, 2016 Anh Thư rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
đầu năm, muốn đọc một chút gì đó thật Việt Nam, muốn viết một chút gì đó của riêng Việt Nam, và "Truyện Kiều" có lẽ là lựa chọn tuyệt vời nhất.
một cốc trà nóng, 3254 câu kiều, sáng mùng 2 nắng mơn man ngoài cửa, cuộc sống cứ như vậy hẳn tốt đẹp hơn rất nhiều. :)))
mình thực sự không hiểu, tại sao người ta đưa Kiều vào học từ lớp 10. Cái tuổi 15, nhìn đời còn chưa rõ, làm sao hiểu được hết cái giá trị của những vần thơ. Mình khi đó cũng vậy, chỉ thấy tiếng việt đẹp, nội dung thì chẳng thấu thị đượ
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Brendan
Jul 18, 2007 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Joey Buttafuoco & Rudy Giuliani
The Tale of Kieu is Nguyen Du’s masterpiece of Vietnamese poetry. Written at the beginning of the 19th century by a stressed-out mandarin whose beloved emperor had just been toppled, it tells the story of Kieu, a young woman who falls for the hunk next door. The hunk takes a long trip and, in his absence, Kieu’s father and brother end up in jail. The beautiful and talented Kieu must forsake her love (consummated just in time) in order to help her family, which in those days meant long stints as ...more
Susan
Aug 14, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of Vietnam. Ask anyone in Vietnam, and they'll be able to recite the first couple of lines of this classic tale, which is regarded as one of the most important works in Vietnamese literature. It's a great piece of work, written in 6/8 meter. A tale of love, loss and the human condition.
Vu K
Feb 25, 2016 Vu K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Thiên tuyệt tác trong văn chương Việt cổ.

Sau lần đọc này cũng đã hoàn thành đọc lần 2 nhưng là bản Nôm cổ nhất Liễu Vân Đường 1871.

Còn 2 bản nữa để đọc tiếp.
NhaThuyen
Ngày 1 đầu năm 2014 nắng đẹp, đứng chờ bạn ở vỉa hè Đông Anh và nhìn thấy một tiệm sách cũ bên kia đường, chúng tôi ghé qua... Đã nhiều ngày, tôi không qua Đinh Lễ thường xuyên như trước, tôi cảm thấy như thể ngại ngùng khi bước vào những tiệm sách quen và hầu như tôi không đọc các sách mới ra. Tôi lại trở về với những người đã chết của tôi và tôi yêu thêm một vài người lạ. Tiệm sách ở một thị trấn ngoại thành Hà Nội, tôi không tin là mình có thể tìm được sách gì, nhưng rút cục chúng tôi vẫn man ...more
Scott Cox
"This we have learned: with Heaven rest all things. Heaven appoints each human to a place . . . Our karma we must carry as our lot - let's stop decrying Heaven's whims and quirks. Inside ourselves there lies the root of good: the heart outweighs all talents on this earth" (p.167). This provides an excellent summary statement regarding "The Tale of Ki?u." The story, written about 1800, is considered classic Vietnamese literature. Indeed it is. The language is exquisite; replete with Vietnamese an ...more
Rùa Mắt cận
Mar 03, 2016 Rùa Mắt cận rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ngẫm hay muôn sự tại trời
Trời kia đã bắt làm người có thân.
Bắt phong trần phải phong trần
Cho thanh cao mới được phần thanh cao."

Có đọc trăm lần nữa cũng vần thấy hay thôi :)
Linda Le
Oct 12, 2010 Linda Le rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm still not done reading this book. i would prefer to find an audio recording bc the poetry needs to be played aloud in order to fully be appreciated
Lien Huynh
Apr 27, 2013 Lien Huynh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if this is the only English translation of Kieu but it is bilingual and very beautiful one. Very good for study and informative introduction.
Sandra
Mar 20, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kieu sacrifices herself for her family, and her tragic life begins to unfold around her. This book is a poetic rendering of Vietnamese legends combined with the story of Kieu, a young woman who is victimized at every turn in her life. The beauty of this work is the very sensual diction that describes Kieu's relationship with her beloved soulmate. The author uses the imagery of nature to portray Kieu's beauty and sensuality. Kieu and her lover are separated for many years through no fault of thei ...more
Kristie
Jul 18, 2009 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the english version before I moved to Vietnam to live for one year.
Jo
Apr 17, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was simply amazing. Heartbreaking and exquisite. It's easy to see why it is such a pillar of Vietnamese literature. The tale was gripping, the language very controlled within the poetic structure, yet so full of meaning, revealing character, feeling and culture. Beautiful! The book was presented with the Vietnamese text on one page and the English translation opposite. There was a helpful introduction, and at the back a very useful section of notes on the text, explaining meanings and refer ...more
Loey Dinh
Jun 19, 2016 Loey Dinh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Đây là phiên bản mình cảm thấy đầy đủ và hay nhất.
Sách gồm khá nhiều chú thích về các điển tích, điển cố. Trong sách có in tranh màu của các họa sĩ xưa. Bên cạnh đó, mình không thể không nhắc đến bìa sách và cách đặt tên gây tranh cãi. Hmm, theo mình thì các biên tập viên đã trung thành với nguyên tác và sử dụng một bức tranh thật đẹp. Trong suy nghĩ của mình thì hai vấn đề trên không hề gây bận tâm tí nào.
Và mình rất mừng vì cuối cùng bản thân cũng có dịp đọc tác phẩm trứ danh này của tác gia
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Bob Hooker
Feb 18, 2016 Bob Hooker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
Utterly brilliant, amazing translation with readable Viet text to enjoy the structure and form of sounds. A amazing book of poetry, glad I found it.
Long Trần bảo
I want to read "The Tale of Kieu"
Lana Love
Feb 03, 2014 Lana Love rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
poor English translation of the beautiful VN poems
Huyền
Jan 15, 2016 Huyền rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vietnam, poetry
Mình thích truyện Kiều tuy không hiểu hết được những ý nghĩa và giá trị của nó.
Jack
Oct 31, 2009 Jack added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: an elegy underneath jungle canopy
Recommended to Jack by: some guy who can't even balance his check book but the pages kee
in this incredible laboratory of morality, and politics i think about a papa son who was fishing on the north bank of the perfume river in hue; i didn't plan to stop but when i did he asked me about walt whitman and realized he knew more about a great american poet than i did. later that day i remember being pinned down by the enemy and my friend was wounded bad, saying over and over , mamma,mamma. so i read this masterpiece of literature and each page i turn turns my heart.
Desiree
I generally do not like poetry, or epic poems. But this book was mention in a book I read (Catfish and Mandala) as the national poem of Vietnam because it embodies sacrifice for family. I ended up enjoying it. Not something I could read again, but still good.
Kim Nguyen
Aug 23, 2012 Kim Nguyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a masterpiece of Vietnamese literature. I read this book at school when I was in Vietnam and absolutely loved it. It showed people how life was back in the old time and how much sacrifice a woman must make for her family, even if it means taking away everything she has :love, friendship, siblings.
Joel
May 29, 2015 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one the best books ever I have had to read for a class. This epic is a very moving story that symbolizes the history of Viet Nam. And this particular edition is a handsome volume: I could stare at the Vietnamese language pages for hours - it looks like such a magical language.
Steve Wehling
Feb 28, 2008 Steve Wehling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-fiction
I took East Asian History in college and had to read this novel along with Dream of the Red Chamber, and parts of the Tale of Genji. Tale of Kieu is a Vietnamese love story that is really a poem. This was my favorite book from that class.
Pascal
Un roman très beau et touchant, même si pas facile à suivre (heureusement il y a une préface), adaptation d'un poème vietnamien 'classique'. Destin tragique, destin brisé...touchant.
Aliette
May 25, 2012 Aliette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece of classical Vietnamese literature, presented in a very good scholarly (and bilingual!) edition with copious notes. Essential.
Catherine
Mar 31, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
only four because, although the translation is easy to read, it's a little limerick-y at times. The story itself is wonderful.
Rain
Apr 05, 2013 Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vietnam, poems-th, classic
Rất muốn cho 5 sao bởi những vần thơ tuyệt tác nhưng thực sự không thể thực sự cảm nhận được nội dung của truyện.
Lyn
Mar 06, 2009 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic story told in Vietnam. The translations make the book a challenge to read.
Audrey
Jan 08, 2008 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any poetry fan
Karma sucks. A real tear-jerker.
Molly
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Nguyễn Du (1766–1820, pennames Tố Như and Thanh Hiên) is a celebrated Vietnamese poet who wrote in Chữ Nôm, the ancient writing script of Việt Nam. He is most known for writing the epic poem The Tale of Kiều.

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