In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a chi Six Records of a Floating Life 1809 is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer. He becomes a person and a friend. For the time they were very progressive… 1719 Words 7 Pages Guilty Living Life is full of ups and downs, small or large, no matter who is living it. She also wrote poetry and loved old books. I had to look up pictures of the surviving ones. Particularly as the books were old in the late 18th century in China.
Shen Fu was completely unremarkable in public -- enough so that no one knows how he died -- but his memoir, unusually candid and personal for Chinese literature, reverals him as a creature of intense feeling. Christina my step sister and I were playing cheerfully with our toys. I feel like I've gotten to know Shen Fu as a friend. He was kind, gentle, artistic, observant and loving to his wife. Shen Fu narra de una manera despreocupada y completa, todo aquello que vivió, todo aquello que tuvo que atravesar y que lo marcó de tal forma que, como el título del libro, dejó su vida a la deriva. While adhering to the constraints of classical Chinese literary composition, within the confines of social correctness befitting the times, the craft and depth of this early work by a self-professed amateur are unparalleled.
Chrysanthemums bloomed around their modest, economy-sized cottage, and the ever resourceful Yun, an orphan who raised herself and her brother by taking in needlework, contrived to make movable screens out of live flowers. This became a family joke. I feel I will miss them. It is as if Yün thrives solely on her secret sisterhood with Han-yüan, without which she is literally drained of her life's blood. It's about the married life that Fu Shen shared with his wife Yun and their many happy moments. It is a world as remote as that of medieval chivalry, distant from us in both time and space; a world of elaborate customs and ritual, both beautiful and impenetrable. As the story unfolds, significant events are told and retold in consecutive chapters, revealing them each time in a different light, with varying degrees of nuance and detail.
Leading up to this truncatedly final part is a story that is admittedly, even in these times where the word is both sensationalized and undervalued for the sake of inspiration porn, tragic. Kynaston was so great even, that not only was he highly regarded as one of the greatest boy-actor of the time, but eventually became a standard by which all actresses succeeding him were judged against. In talking about poetry or painting, I am always ready to ignore what others value and to take some interest in what others ignore. The first week we heard about the Decision to Follow, and last week it was the Decision for a New Life. It gives a fascinating insight into real lives of the period, because it is an authentic voice of that time.
Let us… 728 Words 3 Pages The fossil record can show evidence for evolution, by relative dating, and radioactive dating we can find evidence for evolution. Fu talked about how she would collect old books and take them apart and have them rebound and how she did the same for calligraphy. These include the arts, the places he travels too, but most importantly his deep and passionate love for his wife. Shen Fu is a wonderfully intimate and personal writer. In the first record, he tells the story of his first meetings with Yun when the two of them are children.
I enjoyed the fact that they often played drinking games, a very modern feeling game. It was a lovely book. You feel his grief, as they both try and keep calm and stoic faces even as she passes away. Woven throughout the text is the romance between Shen Fu and his beloved Chen Yün, a woman who was both his cousin and his wife by arranged marriage. The translation is super awkward and exotifies everything Shenfu writes in charming ways.
Probably what makes Shen Fu most sympathetic to a modern reader is his touching account of his relationship with his wife, Yun - a partnership of mutual love and respect that shatters the stereotype of miserable arranged marriages. Shen Fu is actually a pretty great storyteller, and aside from the specific references, this could be a modern novel. In any case, I hope to come across a more respectful edition than this one, as the tone of the pre and post commentary most assuredly compromised the translated contents in some manner beyond my linguistic grasp. It was all terribly romantic and tragic. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. It was a full life. Yet for all its charms, Six Records of a Floating Life also contains occasional passages that may leave the reader wondering.
The servants caught a duck, and were forcing it to open its mouth over the wound, when suddenly one of them let go of the bird. I also admired Shen Fu and Yun's ability to make a good time wherever they went. One does not have to read very carefully between the lines to realise that Yun wants the concubine as much for herself as her husband; a fact Shen Fu realises too and seems to accept without objection. Still others wore short stockings and embroidered butterfly shoes, or were barefoot and wearing silver anklets. The chapter on the pleasures of leisure focuses on the activities that filled Shen Fu's days. It's about the married life that Fu Shen shared with his wife Yun and their many happy moments.