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花月痕   By: (1819-1874)

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Zi'an Wei's novel "花月痕" is a beautifully written and captivating story that transports readers to ancient China. The author's descriptive prose brings the setting to life, allowing readers to vividly imagine the sights and sounds of the time period.

The characters in the novel are well-developed and complex, adding depth to the story. The protagonist's journey is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, as she navigates the challenges of love, family, and societal expectations. The relationships between the characters are rich and nuanced, adding layers of emotion and conflict to the narrative.

One of the strengths of the novel is its exploration of themes such as duty, honor, and sacrifice. The author delves into the complexities of duty versus desire, and the consequences of choosing one over the other. The novel also explores the impact of historical events on individual lives, adding a layer of depth and authenticity to the story.

Overall, "花月痕" is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that will resonate with readers who enjoy historical fiction with well-rounded characters and rich storytelling. Zi'an Wei's writing is lyrical and evocative, making this novel a must-read for fans of the genre.

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第一回 蚍蜉撼樹學究高談 花月留痕稗官獻技 情之所鍾,端在我輩。君臣、父子、兄弟、夫婦、朋友,性也,情字不足以盡之。然自古忠孝節義,有漠然寡情之人乎?自習俗澆薄,用情不能專一。君臣、父子、兄弟、夫婦、朋友之間,且相率而為偽,何況其他! 乾坤清氣,間留一二情種,上既不能策名於朝,下又不獲食力於家,徒抱一往情深之致,奔走天涯。所聞之事,皆非其心所願聞,而又不能不聞;所見之人,皆非其心所願見,而又不能不見,惡乎用其情! 請問看官:渠是情種,砉然墜地時ï... Continue reading book >>

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