Eileen Chang: 傾城之戀

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45 starsThis comprises of four novellas nd two short stories written by Chang in the 1940s They contain opposites in tension spiritual nd physical love East gainst West tradition clashing with modernity The effects of war nd western influences re never very far LogoLounge 2 away The settings revolveround Hong Kong Bad Billy Brighton and Shanghai Chang was not immune to the tensions in her own countrynd despite initial success in her own country when she was forced to move to the US she struggled to relaunch her career She died recluse in 1995 There is n cidity to the writing which is delightful nd Chang has perceptive way of building nd showing character In the title story young divorcee is falling in love with wealthy playboy Whenever they were in public he made sure to give the impression of ffectionate intimacy so now there was no way to prove that they had not slept together When he gives her up nd despair sets in her family s response is telling People who don t have money can t just give up even if they want to Shave your head become A Knife in the Heart a nunnd when you beg for lms you ll still have to deal with people Chang s powers of description re lso very powerful one of the stories begins The tramcar driver drove his tram the tramcar tracks in the blazing sun shimmered like two shiny worms oozing out from water stretch then shrink stretch then shrink Soft nd slippery long old worms slinking on nd on nd on the driver stared t the wriggling rails nd did not go mad But most of A Bollywood Affair all Chang lookst the role women in changing world trapped by social constraints nd very limited supply of options Some of the characters fail others succeed to n extent but Chang creates memorable The Scent of Rosa's Oil and convincing characters who commandttention Although Chang is better known now she still does not get the ttention she deserves nd she certainly does deserve Nobodys Angel (Willow Park, a widerudience Part of my Fall 2017 Best Of Chinese Literature project here nd cool list of books hereEileen Chang rguably China s most influential female writer was scholar of English literature which gives Love in Fallen City n interesting kind of familiarity The setting is different but we ve seen the plot before This is the one Defending Hearts about the seducernd the fallen woman Liusu is divorced used goods When wealthy playboy flirts with her she s torn flattered but wary But she grees to go with him to Hong Kong where soon enough she finds herself ensnared He casually creates the perception that she s his mistress so her reputation is done for nyway she can now keep her honor but only to herself or become mistress in fact s well nd t least get some temporary financial benefitChang was writing in the 1940s nd what you hear is Victorian novels The rake is Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, an invention of Victorian prudishness this sort of scenario waslready unfashionable So the big twist in this one is welcome nd it s the only sort of twist that could really have surprised me view spoilerit turns out Liuyuan has been serious the whole time As the Japanese invade nd bombs fall in Hong Kong they get married Hope of Sudden Fury (The Last Gunfighter, all things hide spoiler Im Spiky always interested in worlds thatre different to my own nd so I started to read my first book written by Chinese uthor The collection of stories by Eileen Chang set in Shanghai nd Hong Kong in the 1940s These Dungeon of Death are tales of love lossnd longing On wider cover they deal with conflicts between tradition nd modernity old Love Rockets and new Chinancient customs nd foreign manners Men nd particularly women never find happiness women have to overcome hundred troubles before they can get married A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, and marry well separation fromnother human being is fact people lack control of their own lives Such is life in these stories Pretty universal isn it Yet I wonder if I got everything if I caught ll the subtleties Maybe it is my lack of knowledge bout China that keeps me distanced Maybe it is my warm southern upbringing mixed with my Nordic pragmatic dult reality which is very different from customs in the book maybe it is the mystery of Far East Whatever the reason is I can t say that I got the whole picture On the other hand I really really love the writing It reminds me of Edith Wharton in its precision nd love for details nd sometimes it is so beautiful that it hurts Four stars I give to the book for the gorgeous writing but Eileen Chung deserves better reader than I m t the momentThe last will probably only my fellow ex YU GR members understand I didn t understand men nd women in the book in the same way I have never truly understood why Hasanaginica could not pay The Hired Man a visit to the wounded Hasanaga in his white tent Eileen Chang s Ailing Zhang stories first published collectivelys Romances recreate in Love in Fallen City view of Chinese culture nd society of the 1940s through keen observations of fading traditional world Chang s Almost A Gentleman anthology of Chinese life offers bleak yet insightful nalysis of male nd female natures domestic roles moral values nd self centered relationships masterfully depicting in elegant prose past struggling to maintain control gainst revolutionizing presentThe title story Love in Fallen City is tale of two cities in transition old Shanghai nd modern Hong Kong with the Japanese invasion of 1941 s Here by the Bloods a subtly structured backdropnd owns one of Chang s rare hopeful endings Over the stale tmosphere of n oppressive household huin wails its melancholic tune of heroine who endures the stigma of divorce nd the spiteful pettiness nd jealousy of her relatives Fealty nd filial piety chastity nd righteousness fill the life that mundanely ticks way on the dry wrinkled hands of the old clock Bai Liusu s daily life bowing to the ways of old is suffocating tale too desolate for words She grabs Bound (Torn Trilogy, a chance to flee Shanghai to cosmopolitan Hong Kong to explore freedom from the restrictions ofn ntiuated life but steps in the diverting path of Liuyuan Western educated man refined egotistic nd traditionally chauvinistic Old gender stereotypes distort budding romance but s long established barriers crumble dutiful prostrating woman might find love in the Loyalty and Lies ashes of razed city if the game is played rightChang scholar of The Dream of The Red Chamber sculpts her literary esthetics with the sophisticated style of the Chinese classics whose heroines bound by old feudal systems pine idealistically for pure love while pessimism darkens their nature Fortunes Flames and desolation overshadows their existence In The Golden Cangue her most dismal story in contrast to LFCnd implicit in her denouncement of degrading social system Chang draws images of that thing round your neck metaphor for the enslavement nd control of its wearer exploring how human nature degenerates when left in morally putrefied surroundings Ch i ch iao sold by her brother into marriage to the paralyzed son of n upper class family shares the fate of many Chinese women forced into n overtly dehumanizing practice Trapped under the roof of decadence nd corruption Ch i ch iao sense of virtue deteriorates nd driven to madness retaliates for her sad pathetic life by cruelly victimizing her children Life is n exuisite gown riddled with lice Eileen ChangIn A History of Modern Chinese Fiction C T Hsia praises Eileen Chang s literary genius helping to steer newly critical ppraisal of her work fter decades of Claiming Her almost being forgotten Cha. Eileen Chang is one of the great writers of twentieth century China where she enjoys passionate following both on the mainland nd in Taiwan At the heart of Chang's chievement is her short fiction tales of love longing nd the shifting.

Ng enjoyed instant success with Love in Fallen City nd was popularly compared to Jane Austen for her probing psychological insights into society nd love relationships Why then did this stunning writer llow her star to fizzle retreat into self imposed exile die veritable recluse The romantic in me imagines some unfulfilled passion parallel to the tragic heroine Lin Daiyu of The Dream of The Red Chamber I m excited that this renewed interest in Chang s work means flooding the Western market with English translations mong them hopefully soon her biography Other pending reads from Eileen Chang Naked EarthThe Fall of the PagodaThe Rice Sprout SongThe Rouge of the North Written on Water 455 In China Murder Go Round as elsewhere the constraints imposed by the traditional moral code were originally constructed for the benefit of women they made beautiful women even harder to obtain so their value rosend ugly women were spared the prospect of never ending humiliation Women nowadays don t have this kind of protective buffer especially not mixed blood girls whose status is entirely undefined I love Pearl S Buck I really do but the way her written legacy interfered with that of Eileen Chang s is How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a tragedy Readers introduced through the Nobel Prize Winner to China would expect exacting honor high drama sultry romanceny other conjunction of the profligating misnomer known Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential as the East evenbsurd concept when said readers re US bound Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and must look to the west for their fill of fiction They would not have been satisfied with these shortnd biting works bred on The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) an entirely different culture with strainskin to Fitzgerald Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 and O Connor thannything the historical fiction trends of the States could conjure up And so we left yet nother uthor to their own devices till when dead Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child and gone we could sift throughnd lift up their works in The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 as fitting posthumous manner Of Mice and Men as we please A bitter triumph both herend cross the sea for s n expatriate Chang was unjustly ignored the only lternative to home country banning You ll find very little of such unsavory politickings here n uthorial choice that let her works lone before the government shifted nd her wealthy background combined with lack of polemical interests chased her from Shanghai to Hong Kong nd finally to LA to die Choice of the Cat alone inn Three Cups of Deceit apartment within my lifetime It s flavor of Sparrow Road acrid living that she captured on paper even in her youthful twentiess these stories A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston are happiness of the trained sort gilded robesnd bound feet reminiscent of ruffled skirts nd excised ribs in the land of Christians nd their Boxer Rebellion True Shanghai is not Paris or London Berlin or New York but you don t need white people to play out the conflicts of modern life on theme of hope nd decadence luxurious backdrops galore to the young choking on the old women flying too far to forget the taste when time comes for men to clip their wingsThere s beauty though unfamiliar enough for me to spend Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World a moment unraveling the colorsnd densities landscapes heated to The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors a different symphony of florand fauna living spaces enclosed within collections of wood Yoga: The Art of Adjusting and stone whose recognition comes only through many visit to the houses of my friends here in the Bay Area where the high school classes re 18% Caucasian nd the vernacular of ABC American Born Chinese banana yellow on the out white on the in The Neural Basis of Free Will and egg you get the picture were the norm on campus grounds This mixnd meld of upbringing made me wish once to follow said friends on one of their summer retreats to kith nd kin wish revitalized by what I knew within these pages nd the far that I didn t I know my poor head for languages too well to ever hope to grasp the five thousand plus characters of the Chinese language but the excursion would provide sorely needed grounding of contextual reality for my bstract intake if nothing else That nd reading The Story of the Stone whose pervasive influence pparent even in this literature of the 20th century has shoved it forward Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, a few hundred in the shelves The white Liang mansion was melting viscously into the white mist leaving only the greenish gleam of the lamplight shining through suarefter suare of the green windowpanes like ice cubes in peppermint schnapps When the fog thickened the ice cubes dissolved Past Destinies and the lights went out Keepn eye on that NYRB cover Ah Xian s China China Bust 34 in profile It conveys the book better than I ever could The incandescence of moonlight permeates Eileen Chang s prose her stories tinged with the half light of heartbreak nd centred upon the lives of mainly upper or middle class Chinese women in the mid 20th century Although it would be disingenuous to label Chang s If Wishes Were Horses a writer whose novelsre centred on feminism she certainly ctively explores the role of women in what was patriarchal society from the stifling nature of social conventions surrounding woman s role in Chinese society to ll of the prejudices nd inhibitions which women faced Chang s female characters have rich nd well developed emotional lives Not that ll of them re positive in fact few if ny of the characters in ny of the stories could be considered positive or likeable instead they ll seem to be trapped in their selfishness or self bsorption Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day as in the case of the Mistresses in The Golden Cangue or naivend weak A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 as in the case of Weilong in Aloeswood Incense Yet trapped within the narrow confines of woman s position in Chinese society t the time it is easy to understand why the Mistresses who have little to no outside life outside of their homes re so insular nd why Weilong who has had no chance to encounter romance before meeting the conniving playboy George iao can seem to naive nd emotionally underdeveloped Her physical descriptions of the female character brings out the ephemeral beauty they radiate One of Madame Liang s delicate hands held the banana leaf by the stem As she twirled round thin rays of light shone through the slits in the leaf spinning cross her face On the other hand the male characters who come from positions of power often come The Unspeakable Mind acrosss narrow minded bullies or in the case of Chaunjing malevolent nd deeply insecure Chang ctively tries to explore the negative Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought aspect of the human condition her stories tinged with sadnessnd the sorrows of love Murder at Beechwood and human relationships To young people the moon of thirty yearsgo should be reddish yellow wet stain the size of copper coin like teardrop on letterIn the old people s memory the moon of thirty years go was gay larger nd white than the moon now But looked back Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space after thirty years of on rough road the best of moons is Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) apt to be tinged with sadness Chang writes beautifully her metaphors suchs the following Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, are unusualnd beautiful Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil and obviously influenced by the poets of the Chinese Tang Dynasty The moon had just risen it was darknd yellow like the scorch mark left on jade green satin when burning sh of incense falls on somebody s needlework In ddition to this Chang is ble to give the world in which her stories take place depth via her painterly descriptions of the natural world It was Alien: Sea of Sorrows almost dawn The flat waning moon got lower lowernd large Journey Of Fate and by the time it sank it was like red gold basin The sky was Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation a cold bleak crab shell blue At the horizon the morning colours were layer of green Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. a layer of yellownd layer of red like watermelon cut And endlessly treacherous shoals of family life Written when Chang was still in her twenties these extraordinary stories combine Holding Up the Universe an unsettled probing utterly contemporary sensibility keenlylert to sexual politics nd psychological mbigu.

Pen the sun was coming up Chang s stories Satellite are visually stunning explorations of the lives of uppernd middle class Chinese society often from the point of view of women Blank Darkness and represent uniue synthesis of Chinese poetry nd Western narrative styles She easily stands with other great short story writers of the 20th century such s Katherine Mansfield Salinger Makers and Alice Munrond should really be read widely I wanted to read this because it The Heart Has Its Reasons appeared on the Powell s list of 25 books to read before you die whichlso includes several of my favourite books See below for the full listThis is Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism a collection of stories set in Hong Kongnd Shanghai in the 30s nd 40s It is rich in local colour nd period detail but I found it little difficult to warm to perhaps because the culture Chang describes seems very lien to Kneller's Happy Campers a modern western eyeAppendix Powell s 25 books to read before you die world edition ReadHalf of Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie NigeriaThe Master Haunted Houses For the Millions and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov RussiaInvisible Cities by Italo Calvino ItalyLove in Fallen City by Eileen Chang ChinaLife nd Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee South AfricaHopscotch by Julio Cort zar ArgentinaThe Summer Book by Tove Jansson FinlandIndependent People by Halld r Laxness IcelandA Heart So White by Javier Mar s SpainA Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry IndiaA Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami JapanLife A User s Manual by Georges Perec FranceBlindness by Jos Saramago Portugal The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald GermanyUnreadRashomon Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World and Seventeen other Stories by Ry nosuke Akutagawa JapanVoices from Chernobyl The Oral History of Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich BelarusGabriela Clove Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado BrazilMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante ItalyMirrors Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano UruguayToo Loud Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal Czech RepublicThe Bone People by Keri Hulme New ZealandAnnie John by Jamaica Kincaid AntiguaNear to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector BrazilCities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif Saudi ArabiaThe Street of Crocodiles The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz Poland Hong Kong in the 1940s Chinese customsnd English manners Eileen Chang transported me to that fusion helped me understand it in way that mere history would not Chang looks for the symbols not just for us but for her characters too There re recurrent images A man clutches zaleas on The Dawn of Christmas a bus the red coloring the window A young man sees thisnd rests his head on his own cold window Later he will see red zaleas outside the window t his home Bark and rest his head on cool table top In Eden's Gate another story The wall was coolnd rough the color of death Pressed Her Bear Twins against the wall her face bloomed with the opposite hues red lips shining eyes face of flesh Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood and bloodlive with thought nd feelingYou could read these stories s feminist tract You could read it My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court, as life everyday life of real people while the War looms You could read its search for love tantalizingly just out of reach Is it possible for us to ever understand one nother Life was like the Bible translated from Hebrew to Greek from Greek to Latin from Latin to English from English to Mandarin Chinese When Cuiyuan read it she translated the Mandarin into Shanghainese Some things did not come throughThere is story called Red Rose White Rose It is not story of dultery not really story of what might have been There were two women in Zhenbao s life one he called his white rose the other his red rose Maybe every man has had two such women t least two Marry red rose nd eventually she ll be mosuito blood streak smeared on the wall while the white one is moonlight in front of my bed Marry Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man a white rosend before long she ll be The Light in Our Houses a grain of sticky rice that s gotten stuck to your clothes the red one by then is scarlet beauty mark just over your heart Hint like the zaleas the moonlight here should be followedMy favorite story was Sealed Off A tramcar stops suddenly Unspoken that looming War is the cause Ding ding ding rang the bell Each ding was small cold dot dot fter dot they formed line that cut through space How to Get People to Do Stuff: The Psychology of Persuasion and time Dots Yes the tram is full of people Dots in line What do we do when the tramcar stops People who had newspapers read newspapers those who didn t have newspapers read receipts or rules nd regulations or business cards People who were stuck without single scrap of printed matter read shop signs long the street They simply had to fill this terrifying emptiness otherwise their brains might start working Thinking is painful business That s why I lways take book Eventually one dot leaves the line A man He goes to talk to woman Small cold dots Ding ding ding Ding ding ding Currently spinningLi XianglanOld Shanghai MixBefore Amy Tan there was Eileen Chang Chang did in the early 20th century what Tan wants to do today write stories that convey the relationships between men Highland Hucow: Milking Marie and women old traditions vs new traditional vs modernity Chang did it with substantial grace I ve liked Tan but I realize now what I was missing Not that it s fair to make comparisons so I won t hereThese six stories included in this collectionre hard Call the Fire Brigade: Fighting London's Fires at times to read due to their poignancy butt other times the prose is so heartbreakingly beautiful that it s hard to turn way I purposely read this collection slowly so I could savor each phrase s it felt evident even through the translations that Chang chose each word with such precision It s strong collection but it lso feels fragile delicate cold like something that belongs in Edward Keating a museumUpon the translucent blue silk umbrella myriad raindrops twinkled blue like skyful of stars that would follow them Berlin på 8 kapitel about later on the taxi s glistening front window of crushed silvernd Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City as the car ran through rednd green lights Shelley And Nonviolence a nestful of red stars would fly humming outside the windownd nestful of green starsp224 The Golden CangueThere s of Chang s writing out there nd I hope to one day read of it She Cross (Jack Taylor, and her brother were the last in their familynd they re both dead now I don t often wish there was next generation that might choose to take up writing but in this case I did I m The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's struggle for freedom always fascinated by customs thatre different to my own Stripped to the Bone and I found the old family structures expressed in Chang s short stories very interesting I sometimes feel like there is of slow beauty in Chinese writing longer descriptions which Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan are so different to the cliches I m used tond focus on beauty in different way especially when it comes to those of colours or people s featuresIt s interesting to see how the difficulties faced by women in history have strong similarities transcending culture or country Chang s female characters face issues mainly revolving Signs From The Afterlife: How the Other Side can comfort and inspire you around lack of control of their own lives nd need to marry nd marry well nd thus fall under the control of someone new The short stories lso explore issues of class nd the difficulty of moving up in society during these times The short stories offer the escapism of romance but The Story of My Purity: A Novel also lesson on many issues of Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers an older Chinand new I have no idea but would be most interested to learn Billie Holiday about the changes in China since this timeAt the same time when reading Chang s book I often wondered whether I grasped everything or whether my vastly different upbringing left me distanced from the messages within it All the same I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ity withn intense lyricism that echoes the classics of Chinese literature Love in Fallen City the first collection in English of this dazzling body of work introduces American readers to the stark nd glamorous vision of modern maste.

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張愛玲 who was born to a prominent family in Shanghai one of her great grandfathers was Li Hongzhang in 1920She went to a prestigious girls' school in Shanghai where she changed her name from Chang Ying to Chang Ai ling to match her English name Eileen Afterwards she attended the University of Hong Kong but had to go back to Shanghai when Hong Kong fell to Japan during WWII While in Shanghai she was briefly married to Hu Lancheng the notorious Japanese collaborator but later got a divorceAfter WWII ended she returned to Hong Kong and later immigrated to the United States in 1955 She married a scriptwriter in 1956 and worked as a screenwriter herself for a Hong Kong film studio for a number of years before her husband's death in 1967 She moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1972 and became a hermit of sorts during her last years She passed away alone in her apartment in 1995