Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, Volume 2

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. ( Wikipedia)

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

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 63 - The Lo-Ch‘a Country and the Sea-market Nick J. Gold
00:28:11
Play 02 64 - The Fighting Cricket Holly Jenson
00:11:59
Play 03 65 - Taking Revenge ToddHW
00:04:12
Play 04 66 - The Tipsy Turtle ToddHW
00:09:28
Play 05 67 - The Magic Path realisticspeakers
00:04:21
Play 06 68 - The Faithless Widow Gerwin Kramer
00:05:17
Play 07 69 - Princess of the Tung-t‘ing Lake Mary Escano
00:23:29
Play 08 70 - The Princess Lily Christi Lupher
00:14:11
Play 09 71 - The Donkey’s Revenge James K. White
00:13:40
Play 10 72 - The Wolf Dream realisticspeakers
00:10:27
Play 11 73 - The Unjust Sentence realisticspeakers
00:05:45
Play 12 74 - A Chinese Rip van Winkle James K. White
00:07:14
Play 13 75 - The Three States of Existence Eva Davis
00:07:24
Play 14 76 - In the Infernal Regions Mayah
00:15:10
Play 15 77 - Singular case of Ophthalmia Holly Jenson
00:05:31
Play 16 78 - Chou K‘o-ch‘ang and his Ghost Mayah
00:05:08
Play 17 79 - The Spirits of the Po-yang Lake Mayah
00:02:11
Play 18 80 - The Stream of Cash Idan M
00:01:28
Play 19 81 - The Injustice of Heaven realisticspeakers
00:02:16
Play 20 82 - The Sea-serpent jftocanada
00:01:36
Play 21 83 - The Magic Mirror James K. White
00:03:00
Play 22 84 - Courage Tested realisticspeakers
00:05:24
Play 23 85 - The Disembodied Friend Gerwin Kramer
00:11:08
Play 24 86 - The Cloth Merchant Kalynda
00:04:22
Play 25 87 - A Strange Companion Kalynda
00:01:22
Play 26 88 - Spiritualistic Séances Kalynda
00:06:16
Play 27 89 - The Mysterious Head Kalynda
00:01:45
Play 28 90 - The Spirit of the Hills Kalynda
00:01:37
Play 29 91 - Ingratitude Punished Kalynda
00:01:40
Play 30 92 - Smelling Essays Kalynda
00:03:36
Play 31 93 - His Father’s Ghost timli
00:11:53
Play 32 94 - The Boat-girl Bride Gerwin Kramer
00:12:02
Play 33 95 - The Two Brides Holly Jenson
00:11:57
Play 34 96 - A Supernatural Wife Gerwin Kramer
00:04:45
Play 35 97 - Bribery and Corruption Kalynda
00:10:41
Play 36 98 - A Chinese Jonah Holly Jenson
00:02:24
Play 37 99 - Chang Pu-liang Gerwin Kramer
00:01:48
Play 38 100 - The Dutch Carpet jftocanada
00:01:28
Play 39 101 - Carrying a Corpse Gerwin Kramer
00:01:46
Play 40 102 - A Taoist Devotee Gerwin Kramer
00:01:07
Play 41 103 - Justice for Rebels Gerwin Kramer
00:01:50
Play 42 104 - Theft of the Peach Gerwin Kramer
00:05:12
Play 43 105 - Killing a Serpent Gerwin Kramer
00:03:54
Play 44 106 - The Resuscitated Corpse Kalynda
00:05:50
Play 45 107 - The Fisherman and his Friend Chee Sing Lee
00:10:15
Play 46 108 - The Priest’s Warning Gerwin Kramer
00:02:52
Play 47 109 - Metempsychosis Eva Davis
00:05:01
Play 48 110 - The Forty Strings of Cash Gerwin Kramer
00:02:24
Play 49 111 - Saving Life Gerwin Kramer
00:02:24
Play 50 112 - The Salt Smuggler Gerwin Kramer
00:05:05
Play 51 113 - Collecting Subscriptions jftocanada
00:07:20
Play 52 114 - Taoist Miracles Eva Davis
00:06:21
Play 53 115 - Arrival of Buddhist Priests Kalynda
00:03:26
Play 54 116 - The Stolen Eyes Gerwin Kramer
00:02:01
Play 55 117 - The Invisible Priest Gerwin Kramer
00:03:15
Play 56 118 - The Censor in Purgatory Gerwin Kramer
00:04:58
Play 57 119 - Mr. Willow and the Locusts jftocanada
00:03:01
Play 58 120 - Mr. Tung; or, Virtue Rewarded Gerwin Kramer
00:03:32
Play 59 121 - The Dead Priest Gerwin Kramer
00:02:19
Play 60 122 - The Flying Cow jftocanada
00:01:57
Play 61 123 - The ''Mirror and Listen'' Trick Gerwin Kramer
00:02:44
Play 62 124 - The Cattle Plague Gerwin Kramer
00:04:58
Play 63 125 - The Marriage of the Virgin Goddess Gerwin Kramer
00:02:52
Play 64 126 - The Wine Insect Harry Benjamin
00:03:19
Play 65 127 - The Faithful Dog realisticspeakers
00:02:43
Play 66 128 - An Earthquake Kalynda
00:02:11
Play 67 129 - Making Animals Mayah
00:03:11
Play 68 130 - Cruelty Avenged Gerwin Kramer
00:01:45
Play 69 131 - The Wei-ch‘i Devil Kalynda
00:05:48
Play 70 132 - The Fortune-hunter Punished Chuck Williamson
00:02:18
Play 71 133 - Life Prolonged Gerwin Kramer
00:04:04
Play 72 134 - The Clay Image Gerwin Kramer
00:04:22
Play 73 135 - Dishonesty Punished ToddHW
00:04:08
Play 74 136 - The Mad Priest Chuck Williamson
00:04:37
Play 75 137 - Feasting the Ruler of Purgatory Christi Lupher
00:03:18
Play 76 138 - The Picture Horse Christi Lupher
00:03:44
Play 77 139 - The Butterfly’s Revenge Nemo
00:01:58
Play 78 140 - The Doctor Gerwin Kramer
00:04:12
Play 79 141 - Snow in Summer jftocanada
00:01:18
Play 80 142 - Planchette timli
00:07:10
Play 81 143 - Friendship with Foxes timli
00:05:15
Play 82 144 - The Great Rat Chuck Williamson
00:02:36
Play 83 145 - Wolves Nemo
00:02:51
Play 84 146 - Singular Verdict Gerwin Kramer
00:01:46
Play 85 147 - The Grateful Dog Nemo
00:02:52
Play 86 148 - The Great Test timli
00:04:03
Play 87 149 - The Alchemist timli
00:08:58
Play 88 150 - Raising the Dead timli
00:07:24
Play 89 151 - Fêng-shui timli
00:05:06
Play 90 152 - The Lingering Death Nemo
00:02:06
Play 91 153 - Dreaming Honours ToddHW
00:03:37
Play 92 154 - The She-wolf and the Herd-boys Gerwin Kramer
00:02:03
Play 93 155 - Adulteration Punished ToddHW
00:03:10
Play 94 156 - A Chinese Solomon ToddHW
00:06:18
Play 95 157 - The Roc Nemo
00:02:28
Play 96 158 - The Faithful Gander jftocanada
00:01:51
Play 97 159 - The Elephants and the Lion Gerwin Kramer
00:02:20
Play 98 160 - The Hidden Treasure ysevechan
00:04:27
Play 99 161 - The Boatmen of Lao-lung Gerwin Kramer
00:03:53
Play 100 162 - The Pious Surgeon Eva Davis
00:05:19
Play 101 163 - Another Solomon Eva Davis
00:03:26
Play 102 164 - The Incorrupt Official Gerwin Kramer
00:02:09
Play 103 Appendix A Part I - Taoist Temples realisticspeakers
00:09:29
Play 104 Appendix A Part II - The Ten Courts of Justice realisticspeakers
01:04:12