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Book Title: Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies|
The author of the book: Moss Roberts
ISBN 13: 9780307760425
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Date of issue: September 7th 2011
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Quite a treasury. I liked the numerous short fables even better than the stories. And the introduction, that gives just a bit of historical context, esp. re the rivalry between the Confucians and the Taoists, is helpful.
My favorite is one of the very shortest:
"The Missing Axe
"A man whose axe was missing suspected his neighbor's son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke like a thief. But the man found his axe while he was digging in the valley, and the next time he saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked, and spoke like any other child."
I also particularly liked "The Fish Rejoice" in which two amateur philosophers debate how effectively anyone can truly empathize with another. I don't know whether I agree with the conclusion that we can indeed feel another's joy, or pain, without experiencing what they're feeling. But that does seem to be the conclusion. Maybe it's a Chinese thing.
Speaking of Chinese things, I think maybe there should have been a map and timeline for better context... I mean, it's a big country that has a long history; did all its people really draw on the same cultural traditions?
Also, I want to find out more by, and about, this philosopher Yen Tzu. He seems awfully sharp, able to cut straight into the center of a knotty problem, for example.
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Read information about the author"MOSS ROBERTS Came to NYU as Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literature (now Near Eastern Studies) after serving for two years as assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Professor Roberts has translated the classic novel Three Kingdoms, published by University of California Press in both unabridged (California, 1991, 2000, copublished with Foreign Languages Press) and abridged (California, 1999) editions. He is also the editor and translator of Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies (1979).
Ph.D. 1966 (Chinese), Columbia
M.A. 1960 (English), Columbia
B.A. 1958, Columbia
Areas of Research/Interest
Classical Chinese language, literature and philosophy, Modern and Contemporary History."
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