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粉妝樓   By: (1330?-1400?)

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"粉妝樓" is a captivating novel that beautifully portrays the lives and struggles of women in ancient China. The author, Guanzhong Luo, skillfully weaves together the stories of the female characters, bringing to light the constraints and hardships they faced in a male-dominated society.

The novel delves into themes of love, power, and betrayal, taking readers on a journey that is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. The intricate plot twists and turns keep readers on their toes, while the rich historical details add depth and authenticity to the narrative.

Overall, "粉妝樓" is a poignant and thought-provoking read that sheds light on the complexities of gender dynamics and societal expectations. Guanzhong Luo's vivid storytelling and compelling character development make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and Chinese literature.

First Page:

Fen Zhuang Lou Chapters 1 10 (Cosmetical Building)

by Luo GuanZhong

The original Chinese:

粉妝樓1 10回


第一回 系紅繩月下聯姻折黃旗風前別友 詩曰: 光陰遞嬗似輕云,不朽還須建大勛。 壯略欲扶天日墜,雄心豈入弩駘群。 卻緣否運姑埋跡,會遇昌期早致君。 為是史書收不盡,故將彩筆譜奇文。

從來國家治亂,衹有忠佞兩途。盡忠叫為公忘私,為國 忘家,常存個致君的念頭,那富貴功名總置之度外。及 至勢阻時艱,仍能守經行權,把別人弄壞的局面從新整 頓一番,依舊是喜起明良,家齊國治。這才是報國的良 臣,克家的令子。惟有那奸險小人,他衹圖權震一時, 不顧罵名千載。卒之,天人交怒,身敗名裂;回首繁華 ,已如春夢,此時即天良發現,已悔不可追,從古到今 ,不知凡几。

如今且說大唐一段故事,出在乾德年間。其時,國家有 道,四海升平,那一班興唐世襲的公侯,有在朝為官的 ,有退歸林下的,這都不必細表。

單言長安有一位公爺,乃是越國公羅成之后。這公爺名 喚羅增,字世瑞,夫人秦氏所生兩位公子:長名喚羅燦 ,年一十八歲,主得身長九尺,... Continue reading book >>

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