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海上花列傳   By: (1856-1894)

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"海上花列傳" is a beautiful and captivating novel that transports readers to the glamorous world of the Shanghai courtesans in the early 20th century. The author, Bangqing Han, skillfully weaves a tale of love, betrayal, and redemption, following the lives of several courtesans as they navigate the complexities of their profession and relationships.

The characters are vividly portrayed and each one has their own compelling story to tell. The reader is drawn into their lives, feeling their joys and sorrows, triumphs and defeats. The themes of love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of happiness are explored with great sensitivity and depth, making for a poignant and thought-provoking read.

Han's prose is elegant and lyrical, painting a vivid picture of the bustling Shanghai streets and the opulent courtesan houses. The historical setting is meticulously researched and adds richness and authenticity to the narrative.

Overall, "海上花列傳" is a beautifully written novel that immerses readers in a bygone era and leaves a lasting impression. It is a compelling tale of love and loss, ambition and resilience, and the enduring power of the human spirit. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and stories of strong, independent women.

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书名: 海上花列傳 韓邦慶 著

Title: Haishang Hualie Zhuan Author: HAN Bangqing

第一回 趙樸齋咸瓜街訪舅 洪善卿聚秀堂做媒 按:此一大說部書,係花也憐儂所著,名曰《海上花列傳》。祇因海上自通商以來,南 部煙花日新月盛,凡冶遊子弟傾覆流離於狎邪者,不知凡幾。雖有父兄,禁之不可;雖 有師友,諫之不從。此豈其冥頑不靈哉?獨不得一過來人為之現身說法耳!方其目挑心 許,百樣綢繆,當局者津津乎若有味焉;一經描摹出來,便覺令人欲嘔,其有不爽然若 失、廢然自返者乎? 花也憐儂具菩提心,運廣長舌,寫照傳神,屬辭比事,點綴渲染,躍躍如生,卻絕無半 個淫褻穢污字樣,蓋總不離警覺提撕之旨云。苟閱者按跡尋蹤,心通其意,見當前之媚 於西子,即可知背後之潑於夜叉;見今日之密於糟糠,即可卜他年之毒於蛇蠍。也算得 是欲覺晨鐘,發人深省者矣。此《海上花列傳》之所以作也。 看官,你道這花也憐儂究是何等樣人?原來,古槐安國之北,有黑甜鄉。其主者曰趾禽 氏,嘗仕為天祿大夫,晉封醴泉郡公,乃流離於眾香國之溫柔鄉,而自號花也憐儂云。 所以... Continue reading book >>

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