Some time ago, I decided to take my Chinese to the next level. I started visiting the compressed stacks at NTU’s library and worked my way through some Qing dynasty novels.
Then, I came across the first novel about Mulan that ever made it to the woodblock printing press. I really wanted to read the story… but was disappointed to discover that it was meant to be read by a storyteller. So, it’s more like a 750-page outline. As I understand it, the storyteller was to read the notes one chapter at a time, and then tell the story from memory, embellishing it as he pleased.
Over the past year, I took notes on the entire novel and am finally ready to begin transforming the notes into an actual story in English. (I’m currently on chapter 4)
Would anyone be be interested in reading it? I’m not charging. I’d welcome comments anyone has, especially comments from people whose knowledge of the Chinese language, history, and culture is better than mine :).
P.S. I have pics of every page of the original Chinese novel if anyone’s interested but NTU’s library is too far of a hike. It’s public domain.