Join our monthly book chat and this time we will discuss the book:"The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down . You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion! (The English version of the book by local publishers can be found at the Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore in Beijing.)

Venue: China Culture Center,Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.

Book Description:

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio or Liaozhai Zhiyi is a collection of nearly 500 mostly supernatural tales written by Pu Songling in Classical Chinese during the early Qing Dynasty.

The stories differ broadly in length, with the shortest under a page long. Many are classified as Chuanqi, sometimes translated as "marvel tales," that is, stories written in classical Chinese starting in the Tang dynasty. Pu borrows from a tradition of oral storytelling where the boundary between reality and the odd or fantastic is blurred. The stories are filled with magical foxes, ghosts, scholars, court officials, Taoist exorcists and beasts. Moral purposes are often inverted between humans; the supposedly degenerate ghosts or spirits are often bold and trustworthy, while humans are weak, indecisive and easily manipulated, reflecting the author's disillusionment with his society.
  • About CCC Chinese Book Club
    The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.

    At the CCC's Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies.

    You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

    CCC Book Club day group:
    10:30 am, every third Friday of the month.
    Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.
    Venue: China Culture Center,Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.

    CCC Booklist:  Click here to view the whole CCC Book Club booklist of the past meetings.