Chinese Fairy Tales and Legends by Frederick H. Martens, Richard Wilhelm (BLOOMSBURY edition)
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An elegantly packaged new edition of a classic Chinese folktale collection that responds to the contemporary fascination with the ancient culture of the Far East.
This elegantly presented edition of Richard Wilhelm & Frederick H. Martens’s classic collection of 73 Chinese fairy tales has been re-edited by a leading Chinese historian to heighten its appeal to the modern Western reader. China has a rich oral tradition and these stories, passed down through hundreds of years, not only enthrall and delight but also cast light on the country’s ancient culture.
Chinese folklore is as colorful and captivating as the Arabian Nights or the work of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen, yet the stories themselves remain largely undiscovered in the West. Written with economy and wit, the short one- or two-page tales exhibit those distinct aspects of the Chinese character and approach to life that derive from the values of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.
The stories are arranged thematically under headings such as nursery fairy tales, nature and animal tales, and myths. Some, such as the legend of the ghostly general and haunted battlefield, engage with the supernatural, while others are dramatic tales featuring flying ogres and cunning demons. Intriguing titles, such as “Why Dog and Cat Are Enemies,” “The Dragon Princess,” “The Maiden Who Was Stolen Away,” and “The Bird with Nine Heads,” sit next to tales familiar to all Chinese children, including “The Lady of the Moon” and “The Herd Boy and the Weaving Maiden.”
Frederick H. Martens, Richard Wilhelm
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