By Adeline Yen Mah
During this poignant memoir the hot York instances bestselling writer of Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah, offers a desirable window into the background and cultural soul of China. Combining own reflections, wealthy old insights, and proverbs passed all the way down to her by way of her grandfather, Yen Mah stocks the wealth of chinese language civilization with Western readers. Exploring the historical past in the back of the proverbs, she delves into the lives of the 1st and moment emperors and the 2 insurgent warriors who replaced the process chinese language lifestyles, including tales from her personal existence to fantastically illustrate their relevance and effect this present day.
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You have done so much for me. ” “Of course! Whatever I have also belongs to you. ” “In the last ﬁve years, I have been to your house many times and seen many of your concubines,” Prince Zi Chu began. “Even though they are all very pretty, I have never been tempted. But tonight I have met someone who is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. ” Lu was outraged. But instead of lashing out, he took a long drink of wine and thought deeply. By now he had invested all his wealth in Prince Zi Chu and could no longer aﬀord to break with him.
Far from forgetting his mentor, Prince Zi Chu made the former merchant his prime minister. Queen Hua Yang, whom Zi Chu had come to treat as a mother, was named queen dowager. The former courtesan Zhao Ji was named queen of Qin, and her son, Prince Zheng, became crown prince and successor to the throne. As his father had predicted, Merchant Lu became richer and more powerful than he had ever thought possible. His ﬁnancial reward was certainly greater than what he might have reaped from any other investment.
It also brings home the concept that writing is immortal. E. E. that diﬀered from the rest. Besides the usual assortment of precious objects such as bronzes, gold, jade, silks, lacquered vessels, and pottery, this tomb also contained a number of bamboo “books” next to the skeleton. Over the centuries the silk threads binding the books together had rotted away, and the deceased was found covered by a tangle of narrow bamboo slips, numbering over one thousand. The writing on them was still clearly legible, and the books ranged from legal texts to historical writings.
A Thousand Pieces of Gold: Growing Up Through China's Proverbs by Adeline Yen Mah