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Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio, 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 by Wikipedia) In this project, Librivox volunteers read from Volume 1 of Herbert Giles' English translation of these classic stories. (12 hr 6 min)

Chapters

Introduction

29:40

Read by Availle

Examination for the Post of Guardian Angel

6:54

Read by Availle

The Talking Pupils

5:59

Read by Sonia

The Painted Wall

6:30

Read by Sonia

Planting a Pear-tree

3:38

Read by Sonia

The Taoist Priest of Lao-shan

6:56

Read by Sonia

The Buddhist Priest of Ch'ang-ching

4:49

Read by William

The Marriage of the Fox's Daughter

10:38

Read by JaneHackathorn

Miss Chiao-no

19:48

Read by JaneHackathorn

Magical Arts

7:41

Read by JaneHackathorn

Joining the Immortals

20:04

Read by Amy Sun

The Fighting Quails

16:39

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Painted Skin

10:50

Read by Lucy Perry

The Trader's Son

16:58

Read by J. Olpecre

Judge Lu

15:46

Read by Anna Roberts

Miss Ying-ning; or, the Laughing Girl

29:29

Read by Availle

The Magic Sword

22:22

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Shui-mang Plant

12:29

Read by Lian Pang

Little Chu

15:17

Read by JaneHackathorn

Miss Quarta Hu

8:57

Read by JaneHackathorn

Mr Chu, The Considerate Husband

3:38

Read by LisaRubio

The Magnanimous Girl

7:13

Read by Lucy Perry

The Boon-Companion

4:26

Read by Sonia

Miss Lien-Hsiang, The Fox-girl

27:15

Read by Availle

Miss A-Pao; or, Perseverance Rewarded

15:20

Read by JaneHackathorn

Jen Hsiu, The Gambler

8:41

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Lost Brother

15:36

Read by Becca

The Three Genii

3:37

Read by Sonia

The Singing Frogs

1:27

Read by LisaRubio

The Performing Mice

1:31

Read by LisaRubio

Tiger of Chao-Ch'eng

5:58

Read by VfkaBT

A Dwarf

3:24

Read by J. Olpecre

Hsiang-Ju's Misfortunes

23:11

Read by John Burlinson

Chang's Transformation

15:02

Read by VfkaBT

A Taoist Priest

7:41

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Fight with the Foxes

9:58

Read by VfkaBT

The King

10:22

Read by J. Olpecre

Engaged to a Nun

13:58

Read by Amelia Chesley

The Young Lady of the Tung-t'ing Lake

12:36

Read by Lian Pang

The Man who was changed into a Crow

13:14

Read by Availle

The Flower-nymphs

15:28

Read by Lian Pang

Ta-nan in Search of his Father

19:29

Read by John Burlinson

The Wonderful Stone

12:55

Read by jftocanada

The Quarrelsome Brothers

20:56

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Young Gentleman who couldn't spell

5:54

Read by Piotr Nater

The Tiger Guest

10:42

Read by Tony Addison

The Sisters

10:52

Read by JaneHackathorn

Foreign Priests

3:53

Read by J. Olpecre

The Self-punished Murderer

3:14

Read by J. Olpecre

The Master-thief

5:59

Read by J. Olpecre

A Flood

3:10

Read by J. Olpecre

Death by Laughing

4:09

Read by J. Olpecre

Playing at Hanging

2:41

Read by J. Olpecre

The Rat Wife

22:05

Read by J. Olpecre

The Man who was Thrown Down a Well

14:36

Read by larryhayes7

The Virtuous Daughter-In-Law

18:29

Read by Kalynda

Dr Tseng's Dream

16:36

Read by Availle

Country of the Cannibals

22:49

Read by J. Olpecre

Foot-ball on the Tung-t'ing Lake

7:51

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Thunder God

8:03

Read by Michael L

The Gambler's Talisman

3:45

Read by Michael L

The Husband Punished

9:28

Read by JaneHackathorn

The Marriage Lottery

7:47

Read by JaneHackathorn