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Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio (selections from Volume 1)

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"Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" or "Strange Tales of Liaozhai") is a collection of nearly five hundred mostly supernatural tales written by Pu Songling during the early Qing Dynasty. It was written in Classical Chinese rather than Vernacular Chinese. Pu is believed to have completed the majority of the tales sometime in 1679, though he could have added entries as late as 1707. He borrows from a folk tradition of oral storytelling to put to paper a series of captivating, colorful stories, where the boundary between reality and the odd or fantastic is blurred. The cast of characters includes vixen spirits, ghosts, scholars, court officials, Taoist exorcists and beasts. Moral purposes are often inverted between humans and the supposedly degenerate ghosts or spirits, resulting in a satirical edge to some of the stories. Ghosts and spirits are often bold and trustworthy, while humans are on the other hand weak, indecisive and easily manipulated, reflecting the author's own disillusionment with his society. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(5 hr 28 min)

Chapters

Introduction

31:19

Read by Jc Guan

Examination for the Post of Guardian Angel

7:37

Read by David Barnes

The Talking Pupils

7:48

Read by Ashwin Jain

The Painted Wall

9:15

Read by Ashwin Jain

Planting a Pear-Tree

7:07

Read by Ashwin Jain

The Taoist Priest of Lao-Shan

9:29

Read by Alan Davis Drake (1945-2010)

The Buddhist Priest of Ch'angch'ing

8:12

Read by Alan Davis Drake (1945-2010)

The Marriage of the Fox’s Daughter

12:33

Read by Jennie Hughes

Miss Chiao-No

23:46

Read by Jennie Hughes

Magical Arts

12:44

Read by David Barnes

Joining the Immortals

26:58

Read by David Barnes

The Fighting Quails

16:37

Read by TriciaG

The Painted Skin

16:37

Read by Vivian Chan

The Trader’s Son

10:40

Read by Scott Carpenter

Judge Lu

25:34

Read by Scott Carpenter

Miss Ying-Ning, or the Laughing Girl

30:06

Read by TriciaG

The Magic Sword

25:00

Read by Vivian Chan

The Shui-Mang Plant

11:35

Read by TriciaG

Little Chu

20:06

Read by HC

Miss Quarta Hu

10:06

Read by TriciaG

Mr. Chu, the Considerate Husband

4:55

Read by Vivian Chan

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Especially enjoyed Ying-Ning, Laughing Girl, an enchanting tale.

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