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Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, Volume 2

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Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, Volume 2 is a collection of captivating and eerie tales that blend folklore, supernatural elements, and historical events. Each story transports the reader to a mystical world filled with ghosts, demons, and magic.

The author, Songling Pu, expertly weaves together themes of love, betrayal, and morality in these short stories. His writing is rich in detail and vivid descriptions, creating a sense of both wonder and unease. The characters are complex and diverse, making each story a unique and engaging experience.

What sets this collection apart is its ability to both entertain and enlighten readers about traditional Chinese culture and beliefs. The stories offer a glimpse into a world where the line between the real and the supernatural is blurred, making for a truly immersive reading experience.

Overall, Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, Volume 2 is a spellbinding collection that will appeal to fans of both mystery and folklore. It is a must-read for anyone looking for a unique and thought-provoking literary experience.

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"Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" or "Strange Tales of Liaozhai" is a collection of nearly five hundred mostly supernatural tales written by Pu Songling during the early Qing Dynasty. It was written in Classical Chinese rather than Vernacular Chinese. Pu is believed to have completed the majority of the tales sometime in 1679, though he could have added entries as late as 1707. He borrows from a folk tradition of oral storytelling to put to paper a series of captivating, colorful stories, where the boundary between reality and the odd or fantastic is blurred. The cast of characters includes vixen spirits, ghosts, scholars, court officials, Taoist exorcists and beasts. Moral purposes are often inverted between humans and the supposedly degenerate ghosts or spirits, resulting in a satirical edge to some of the stories. Ghosts and spirits are often bold and trustworthy, while humans are on the other hand weak, indecisive and easily manipulated, reflecting the author's own disillusionment with his society.

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