David Wang highlights the unique place that “Lust, Caution” author Eileen Chang holds in contemporary Chinese culture. Praise. “A dazzling and distinctive fiction writer.” —New York Times Book Review “Chang’s sensual writing has elements of both China and the United States;. Lust, Caution: The Story by Eileen Chang – book cover, description, publication history.

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View hcang 3 comments. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Jun 07, Benjamin Farmer rated it liked it. What are you ready to do for love? Because I simply can’t stand the heroine and her stupidity. Aug 21, John Paul Wang rated it really liked it.

It’s rare to find a book shorter than the film. In all of the her stories presented here, Eileen Chang refutes her peers’ criticism that she was a “banal boudoir realist” and instead proves herself to be a powerful writer and one who was more than able to portray the struggles of human life regardless of the historical setting. Read more Read less.

Eileen Chang’s collection of short stories give realistic insights into the minds of early 20th-century Chinese women. Of them, the highlights are possibly “Steamed Osmanthus Flower” and “Great Felicity” – both of which focus not only on women’s roles in Republican China but also provide a window into life at the time.

Lust, Caution: The Story

Yee realizes his love for Chia-chih. Nevertheless, he finds comfort in the thought that the executions helped to prevent rumors of his affair from spreading.

Inwhile the city was under Japanese occupation, she began to publish the stories and essays that established her reputation in the literary world. After death, this spirit serves to lure other humans to the tiger or to the water, to become its next victims. Sep 18, Louisa rated it really liked it Shelves: She loves describing faces, and I love her descriptions. As for the story’s powerful denouement, both the story and the film don’t let us down.


Oct 24, Esther Hong rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 18, Letitia rated it really liked it Shelves: The focus of the stories is solely on painting a thoroughly grey dull image of life as a citizen in a city, not itself at war, yet suffering from its consequences.

I should read the original Chinese. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Yee offers to buy Chia-chih a rare diamond ring when they visit the jeweler to replace a gem from one of her earrings. Other pieces are more simply constructed but equally evocative of Shanghai in the s and 40s, where Chang grew up and began to publish.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. A superb English translation.

Lust, Caution and Other Stories by Eileen Chang

Yet each story projects a form of melancholy that I suppose reflects the wartime situation – somewhat like Hemingway’s ever-present tragedy that is inescapable in almost all of his writing.

Only read “Lust, Caution”, didn’t bother with the other stories. It was interesting to realize how the movie makers had worked to unpack her sentences to visually create her world. Wonderfully translated at least to my untrained eyes and wonderfully written.

Translated by Lovell, Julia. Chinese roughly translated by me: Even though she had hated him at the end, she had at least felt something. Her stories could hardly be more eloquent. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.


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Like Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee created a full-span movie from a thin material. Lust, Caution Widescreen Edition. May 07, Newton Nitro rated it really liked it. Chwng continued to write novels, stories, essays, and screenplays for Hong Kong films.

Yee a fim lhe montar uma lusst. Even though I enjoyed the writing in the others, I was always left with a feeling of discontent at the end, mostly because I felt like each of them could easily have been a novella in itself! A good collection of five short stories. See and discover other items: Part of my twentieth-century spies-and-conflict obsession. I’m rather sure Ang Lee does a great job of spinning a great movie out of this very basic outline. It took me one hour flat to I ‘discovered’ the book when researching Ang Lee’s then upcoming movie of the same title.

I found some of the stories difficult or slow because of how little cautiob there is, but then there were so many other things I enjoyed about her writing.

Lust, Caution

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Immediately, the difference between Chang and certain “patriotic” writers becomes clear: Chang was prolific, and I will try one of her novels in the near future.

To me, it’s a straight forward story, capturing a fleeting moment in the life of a girl who falls in love with her prey.