Lately I have started to read this book again…wondering if anyone here likes the book as well? (I have actually never read the English version of it; it will be interesting to get your feedback. For those of you who have read the Chinese version…wow, must say that I really admire your dedication towards learning Mandarin.)
I have also been reading a series of “history novels” written by Gao Yang, describing the life of the author of the Dream of the Red Chamber. Must say that I think it’s been fun to read these novels after having read the Dream of the Red Chamber.
When I was reading these books, one thing that came to mind is the idea of “saving face” that people talk about quite frequently at forumosa. It seems that many people are frustrated with the cutural phenomenon, which reminds me of my own frustration, since I prefer direct communication. However, whether I agree with the values or not, it was rather inspiring to read these books since they provided such a wonderful view into the complicated, layered and intricate interpersonal relationships and communication.
So, looking forward to those of you who have read the books to share your opinions!