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歸田錄   By: (1007-1072)

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"歸田錄" by Xiu Ouyang is a mesmerizing novel that delves into the complexities of human emotions and relationships. The author's writing is poetic and profound, capturing the essence of life in rural China with vivid descriptions and heartfelt storytelling. The characters are well-developed and relatable, each struggling with their own demons and desires. Ouyang weaves together themes of love, loss, and redemption in a beautifully crafted narrative that is both engaging and thought-provoking. Overall, "歸田錄" is a captivating read that resonates long after the final page has been turned.

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《歸田錄》者,朝廷之遺事,史官之所不記,與夫士大夫笑談之餘而可錄者,錄之 以備閑居之覽也。有聞而誚余者曰:“何其迂哉 ! 子之所學者,修仁義以為業,誦《 六經》以為言,其自待者宜如何? 而幸蒙人主之知,備位朝廷,與聞國論者,蓋八年於 茲矣。既不能因時奮身,遇事發憤,有所建明,以為補益﹔又不能依阿取容,以徇世俗 。使怨嫉謗怒,叢于一身,以受侮于群小。當其驚風駭浪,卒然起於不測之淵,而蛟鱷 黿鼉之怪,方駢首而闖伺,乃措身其間,以蹈必死之禍。賴天子仁聖,惻然哀憐,脫於 垂涎之口而活之,以賜其餘生之命,曾不聞吐珠銜環,效蛇雀之報。蓋方其壯也,猶無 所為,今既老且病矣,是終負人主之恩,而徒久費大農之錢,為太倉之鼠也。為子計者 ,謂宜乞身於朝,退避榮寵,〔一〕而優游田畝,盡基天年,猶足竊知止之賢名。而乃 裴回俯仰,久之不決,此而不思,尚何歸田之錄乎 ! “余起而謝曰﹔“凡子之責我者 皆是也,吾其歸哉,子姑待。“治平四年九月乙未廬陵歐陽修序。

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