Literature Courses

Monday, October 17, 2022
Stephen Roddy
Traditional Chinese novels tend to be epic in scope, and Chin P’ing Mei is no exception. The last twenty chapters of this book cover not only the destruction of the Ximen household and the dispersal of its surviving members, but the fall of the Northern Song Dynasty at the hands of the Jurchen (Jin) invaders as they overrun the North China plain. But before that happens, the author gradually brings all of the physical and moral excesses of the first 40 chapters to a crescendo in the momentous events of the four “decades” of chapters 40-80.
Subscribe to Literature Courses