Six Records Of A Floating Life by Leonard Shen Fu

Six Records Of A Floating Life

byLeonard Shen FuTranslated byLeonard PrattIntroduction byLeonard Pratt

Paperback | November 17, 1983

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Six Records of a Floating Life (1809) is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer. In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a child. He also describes other incidents of his life, including how his beloved wife obtained a courtesan for him and reflects on his travels through China. Shen Fu's exquisite memoir shows six parallel "layers" of one man's life, loves and career, with revealing glimpses into Chinese society of the Ch'ing Dynasty.

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Shen Fu's exquisite memoir shows six parallel "layers" of one man's life, loves and career, with revealing glimpses into Chinese society of the Ch'ing Dynasty.

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Title:Six Records Of A Floating LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.77 × 5.1 × 0.43 inPublished:November 17, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140444297

ISBN - 13:9780140444292

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China’s Ch’ing Dynasty is revealed in Six Records of a Floating Life. Shen Fu worked as a magistrate’s secretary, a painter and a tradesman before settling down to write these reflections in 1809. It serves as both historical documentation and a love story that explores themes of the Chinese society of the day. The powerful role of the courtesan, the unrecognized status of the government clerk, the arrogance of untrained officials and the formal and often strained family relationships are all explored in this likely portrait of a bygone era.