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世說新語   By: (403-444)

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Yiqing Liu’s 世說新語 is a compelling collection of anecdotes and sayings from ancient China that provide valuable insights into the social, political, and cultural landscape of the time. This timeless work offers readers a glimpse into the lives of historical figures, shedding light on their personalities, relationships, and experiences. The stories are presented in a clear and accessible manner, making them easily digestible for readers of all backgrounds. Liu’s careful selection and arrangement of these anecdotes create a cohesive and engaging narrative that paints a vivid picture of Chinese society during this period. Overall, 世說新語 is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese history, philosophy, or literature.

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世說新語序目 晉人樂曠多奇情,故其言語文章別是一色,世說可覩已。說為晉作。及于漢、魏者,其餘耳。雖典雅不如左氏國語,馳騖不如諸國策,而清微簡遠,居然玄勝。概舉如衛虎渡江,安石教兒,機鋒似沈滑稽,又冷類入人夢思,有味有情,嚥之愈多,嚼之不見。蓋于時諸公剸以一言半句為終身之目,未若後來人士俛焉下筆,始定名價。臨川善述,更自高簡有法。反正之評,戾實之載,豈不或有?亦當頌之,使與諸書並行也。晚後淺俗,柰解人正不可得。嗚呼!人言江左清談遺事,槃槃一老出其游戲餘力,尚足辦此百萬之敵,茲非談之宗歟?抑吾取其文,而非論其人也。丙戌長夏,病思無聊,因手校家本精滅。其長註,間疏其滯義。明年以授梓,迺五月既望梓成。耘廬劉應登自書其端,是為序。



嘗攷載記所述晉人話言,簡約玄澹,爾雅有韻。世言江左善清談,今閱新語,信乎其言之也。臨川撰為此書,採掇綜敘,明暢不繁;孝標所注,能收錄諸家小史分釋其義。詁訓之賞,見於高似孫緯略。余家藏宋本,是放翁校刊本。謝湖躬耕之暇,手披心寄,自謂... Continue reading book >>

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