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The Three Leaps of Wang Lun

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Here for the first time in English is Alfred Doblin's astonishing epic of eighteenth century China, hailed on its publication in 1915 as a master-piece of Expressionist prose, and since recognized to be the first modern German novel. The Three Leaps of Wang Lun is the story of a doomed sectarian rebellion during the reign of Emperor Ch'ien-lung (1736-1796). It is also the ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published January 22nd 1991 by Chinese University Press (first published November 2nd 1915)
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Katya
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Josh
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel takes quite a bit of time to get into, but rewards patience. This is partly because even though the (restored) Prologue gives structure to the larger work (Chao Hui reappears *much* later), and partly because Doblin doesn't deign to provide psychological insight into his characters' motives. Nevertheless, I found the novel's final third riveting.

However, I was slightly disappointed in this edition from NYRB. The edition is well-bound in quality paper, but needed another thorough proof
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Kai
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sinophiles, Modernists, Stylists
My expectations towards this book were disappointed, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. So what was the initial expectation? I thought this is a novel about the taoist concept of Wu Wei (Non-acting). The first page seemed to justify my prospects:
"They had no abode, begged the rice, the bean broth they needed, helped the peasants, artisans at their work. They did not preach, sought no converts. The literati who mingled with them strove in vain to hear from them a religious dogma. They had n
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Richard Anderson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some fine writing. But poorly translated with many typos.
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Bruno Alfred Döblin (August 10, 1878 – June 26, 1957) was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929). A prolific writer whose œuvre spans more than half a century and a wide variety of literary movements and styles, Döblin is one of the most important figures of German literary modernism. His complete works comprise over a dozen novels ranging in ...more
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