Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio, volume 1

Songling PU (1640 - 1715), translated by Herbert Allen GILES (1845 - 1935)

"Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" (or "Strange Tales of Liaozhai") is a collection of nearly five hundred mostly supernatural tales written by Pu Songling during the early Qing Dynasty. It was written in Classical Chinese rather than Vernacular Chinese. Pu is believed to have completed the majority of the tales sometime in 1679, though he could have added entries as late as 1707. He borrows from a folk tradition of oral storytelling to put to paper a series of captivating, colorful stories, where the boundary between reality and the odd or fantastic is blurred. The cast of characters includes vixen spirits, ghosts, scholars, court officials, Taoist exorcists and beasts. Moral purposes are often inverted between humans and the supposedly degenerate ghosts or spirits, resulting in a satirical edge to some of the stories. Ghosts and spirits are often bold and trustworthy, while humans are on the other hand weak, indecisive and easily manipulated, reflecting the author's own disillusionment with his society. (Summary by Wikipedia) In this project, Librivox volunteers read from Volume 1 of Herbert Giles' English translation of these classic stories.

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage, Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Availle
00:29:40
Play 01 Examination for the Post of Guardian Angel Availle
00:06:54
Play 02 The Talking Pupils Sonia
00:05:59
Play 03 The Painted Wall Sonia
00:06:30
Play 04 Planting a Pear-tree Sonia
00:03:38
Play 05 The Taoist Priest of Lao-shan Sonia
00:06:56
Play 06 The Buddhist Priest of Ch'ang-ching William
00:04:49
Play 07 The Marriage of the Fox's Daughter JaneHackathorn
00:10:38
Play 08 Miss Chiao-no JaneHackathorn
00:19:48
Play 09 Magical Arts JaneHackathorn
00:07:41
Play 10 Joining the Immortals Amy Sun
00:20:04
Play 11 The Fighting Quails JaneHackathorn
00:16:39
Play 12 The Painted Skin Lucy Perry
00:10:50
Play 13 The Trader's Son J. Olpecre
00:16:58
Play 14 Judge Lu Anna Roberts
00:15:46
Play 15 Miss Ying-ning; or, the Laughing Girl Availle
00:29:29
Play 16 The Magic Sword JaneHackathorn
00:22:22
Play 17 The Shui-mang Plant Lian Pang
00:12:29
Play 18 Little Chu JaneHackathorn
00:15:17
Play 19 Miss Quarta Hu JaneHackathorn
00:08:57
Play 20 Mr Chu, The Considerate Husband LisaRubio
00:03:38
Play 21 The Magnanimous Girl Lucy Perry
00:07:13
Play 22 The Boon-Companion Sonia
00:04:26
Play 23 Miss Lien-Hsiang, The Fox-girl Availle
00:27:15
Play 24 Miss A-Pao; or, Perseverance Rewarded JaneHackathorn
00:15:20
Play 25 Jen Hsiu, The Gambler JaneHackathorn
00:08:41
Play 26 The Lost Brother Becca
00:15:36
Play 27 The Three Genii Sonia
00:03:37
Play 28 The Singing Frogs LisaRubio
00:01:27
Play 29 The Performing Mice LisaRubio
00:01:31
Play 30 Tiger of Chao-Ch'eng VfkaBT
00:05:58
Play 31 A Dwarf J. Olpecre
00:03:24
Play 32 Hsiang-Ju's Misfortunes John Burlinson
00:23:11
Play 33 Chang's Transformation VfkaBT
00:15:02
Play 34 A Taoist Priest JaneHackathorn
00:07:41
Play 35 The Fight with the Foxes VfkaBT
00:09:58
Play 36 The King J. Olpecre
00:10:22
Play 37 Engaged to a Nun Amelia Chesley
00:13:58
Play 38 The Young Lady of the Tung-t'ing Lake Lian Pang
00:12:36
Play 39 The Man who was changed into a Crow Availle
00:13:14
Play 40 The Flower-nymphs Lian Pang
00:15:28
Play 41 Ta-nan in Search of his Father John Burlinson
00:19:29
Play 42 The Wonderful Stone jftocanada
00:12:55
Play 43 The Quarrelsome Brothers JaneHackathorn
00:20:56
Play 44 The Young Gentleman who couldn't spell Piotr Nater
00:05:54
Play 45 The Tiger Guest Tony Addison
00:10:42
Play 46 The Sisters JaneHackathorn
00:10:52
Play 47 Foreign Priests J. Olpecre
00:03:53
Play 48 The Self-punished Murderer J. Olpecre
00:03:14
Play 49 The Master-thief J. Olpecre
00:05:59
Play 50 A Flood J. Olpecre
00:03:10
Play 51 Death by Laughing J. Olpecre
00:04:09
Play 52 Playing at Hanging J. Olpecre
00:02:41
Play 53 The Rat Wife J. Olpecre
00:22:05
Play 54 The Man who was Thrown Down a Well larryhayes7
00:14:36
Play 55 The Virtuous Daughter-In-Law Kalynda
00:18:29
Play 56 Dr Tseng's Dream Availle
00:16:36
Play 57 Country of the Cannibals J. Olpecre
00:22:49
Play 58 Foot-ball on the Tung-t'ing Lake JaneHackathorn
00:07:51
Play 59 The Thunder God Michael Landu
00:08:03
Play 60 The Gambler's Talisman Michael Landu
00:03:45
Play 61 The Husband Punished JaneHackathorn
00:09:28
Play 62 The Marriage Lottery JaneHackathorn
00:07:47