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Favorite Chinese Historical Fiction

Post by cpivie » 31 May 2018, 12:57

I'm interested in learning more about Chinese culture throughout its history, and my avenue of choice would be through reading historical fiction. What are your favorite books that take place in China or are an excellent read when it comes to learning and immersion in the culture?

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Post by book_worm 101 » 31 May 2018, 13:00

Pearlof China by Anchee Min

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Post by Rumbly » 02 Jun 2018, 17:01

Here are some I am reading; they're not all translated but if you can read chinese you can find the raws and read the novel online or watch the subbed drama:
The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage
Chongfei Manual
To be a Virtuous wife (Fully Translated)
Eight Treasures Trousseau (Fully Translated)
Divine Doctor: Daughter of the First Wife
Gu Fang Bu Zhi Shang (fully Translated & has drama adaption)
Husband be a gentleman (fully Translated)
Jiang Hu's Road is Curved (fully translated)
Return of the Swallow
Princess Wei Yang (Has drama Adaption)
Bone Painting Coroner
Assassin Farmer
Chu Wang Fei
Wife, I want to Eat Meat
Queen of No 11 Agent 11 (Has Drama Adaption)
Siege in Fog (Republic of China setting; has multiple drama adaptions)
Nirvana in Fire (Has drama adaption)
Cruel Romance (Has drama adaption)
Golden Age Legitimate Fei
Your Highness, I Know My Wrongs (Fully Translated)
Refusing to Serve Me? Then Off With Your Head! (Fully Translated)

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Post by heliz_t » 04 Jun 2018, 18:41

Off the top of my head, and in no particular order:
Pretty much anything by Amy Tan.
Check out Lisa See. I particularly like Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.
WIld Swans by Jung Chang.
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian.

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Post by thaservices1 » 04 Jun 2018, 20:39

Pearl S Buck is a writer you might enjoy as well. Her works mostly revolve around the time of western influence coming into China. She grew up a missionary's daughter during that time and her insights are very interesting. Her novel The Good Earth is even required reading in some schools.
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Post by Kai_Raine » 05 Jun 2018, 01:17

I mostly think of the Judge Dee mysteries, translated by van Gulik. They're quick and easy reads, but really enjoyable!

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Post by pricklypurple » 28 Jun 2018, 10:09

Try reading some of Pearl S. Buck.

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Post by Julie Green » 30 Jun 2018, 11:55

Empress Orchid by Anchee Minn is a fascinating story about life as one of the Emperor's concubines. Well worth a read.

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Post by CinWin » 31 Jul 2018, 22:06

Wow this is amazing. I didn't even know there was such a genre. I know of Peal Buck but I did know there was a vast array of authors. This is very cool! Thanks.
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Post by blackbery123 » 12 Aug 2018, 11:01

I mostly think of the Judge Dee mysteries, translated by van Gulik. They're quick and easy reads, but really enjoyable!

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