Tale of Kieu: A Bilingual Edition of Truyen Kieu

by Nguyen Du | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0300040512 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rhythmbiscuit of Northglenn, Colorado USA on 8/11/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by rhythmbiscuit from Northglenn, Colorado USA on Wednesday, August 11, 2004
An English/Vietnamese bilingual edition of Vietnam's national poem. I bought this book for a college course.

Journal Entry 2 by rhythmbiscuit at Northglenn, Colorado USA on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
I reserved this book for AlterEgoZoe's Asian bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by rhythmbiscuit at Northglenn, Colorado USA on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (8/24/2016 UTC) at Northglenn, Colorado USA


I included this book in the Asian bookbox. Enjoy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by freezone at Leominster, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, November 19, 2016
This book made a quick stop at my house as part of the Far East book box. Looks cool - I didn't know about this classic poem from the Vietnamese culture.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Friday, October 13, 2017
Wow this is one long poem!!
Taking this out of the box as it will work great for the Book Riot read harder challenge: translated poem. May read it during the Dewey's 24 hr read-a-thon next week.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, November 26, 2017
This is a long poem which apparently is based on a Chinese novel, which tells about Kieu, a girl who was sold to pay a family debt. Time and again she was sold as slavery, as prostitute, found love, lost it, found power, lost it... As she said, she was like a floating fern, carried by the water this way and that.

I studied Chinese literature in high school, so I suppose I enjoy this more than the average reader, as I even enjoy the footnotes, which is somewhat a memory lane for me. The author uses a lot of cliches and references from Chinese history and culture, and it's fun to read again about "pear blossoms drenched in rain", "the old man of the moon", "the yellow millet dream" and all that.

However, if you don't want to bother with the tedious footnotes, the translator has taken out a lot of the hidden references, so it's easy to enjoy the poem as it is. The poem portrays the girl as a strong character and the males are all rather weak. I mean, if your wife bully your favorite concubine and you don't even dare to squeak, mmm, that's wormy...

According to the notes, this poem is actually a reference to the political situation of Vietnam at the time. Often in China, poems about the dissatisfaction of the current emperor and reminiscent of previous dynasty are often veiled as love poems to avoid censorship and punishment. Reading the notes on this allows me to look at the poem in a larger picture.

Thanks for sharing this. Most definitely not a book I'd have picked up on my own. May save this for the next round, as I don't suppose this will make for a good wild release.

Released 2 yrs ago (12/1/2017 UTC) at USPS by Media Mail in -- Paperbackswap.com, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


I found out that there is a Paperbackswap member wishing for this book, so I decide to send it to him. This is not a wildly circulated book, and not many people enjoy reading long, old, translated poem, so I'd like to see the book go to someone really interested in it.

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