I love reading books about stories set in Asia. It seems so far that the offering so far is The Art of War. It would be awesome to get some literature with settings of Japan and China.
Thanks for suggesting it. Are there specific titles you'd like to see added to DailyLit? Are there others who are interested in these kinds of titles?
May 12, 2009 8:49 am
by MaggieH (admin)
Let's have "Snow Blossom and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See.
Hands down the best modern novel set in China. I re-read it
about twice a year.
An_Na in Taiwan
May 23, 2009 7:28 am
My friends recommended these novels to me:
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
Woman Warrior: The Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
Monkey: A Journey to the West by Cheng En Wu
I've also read several novels by Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Bonesetter's Daughter), which make great reads. However, they are probably too modern for this site.
May 23, 2009 1:19 pm
Oh, I'm sorry. I just looked up the publication dates of each title I mentioned and they're all too modern except for the work by Cheng En Wu.
Here are some other titles old enough to be considered for the site:
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
Water Margin by "Shi Naian" (believed to be a pen name for Luo Guanzhong)
The Plum in the Golden Vase (Jin Ping Mei) by "Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng" (a pseudonym)
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xieqin
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (some consider this one of the first novels for its depth of psychological insight. It's definitely on my must-read!)
The Tale of the Heike, a Japanese epic poem (translated to English by A.L. Sadler in 1918–1921, Helen Craig McCullough in 1988, and an abridged translation by Burton Watson was published in 2006)
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai
Hyangga (Korean poems)
May 23, 2009 1:39 pm
Thanks for these suggestions. We'll see what we can do!
May 31, 2009 2:27 pm
by MaggieH (admin)
I would love to see some of these too. Any progress so far?
Mar 26, 2010 4:21 pm
Lately we've been more focused on bringing new books to the site (like Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen or our Poem a Day Collection) but we do hope to add more classics soon.
Just to clarify, were you hoping to see these books added in English or their original languages? It would be quite difficult for us to publish the books in languages other than English (since we need to be able to read them to break them into installments effectively).
Mar 28, 2010 8:17 pm
by MaggieH (admin)
I am Sadeq,I want to start reading books! I have just finished Daddy Long Legs (in English) and it was very lovely to my.would you please suggest another book to me too read.
As you realized English is my second language.
Mar 31, 2010 6:39 am
I would love to read *anything* set in Asia, from any time. Modern novels, historical classics, there are so many great choices, I'd be happy with anything the site could get the rights too.
I loved Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth," and I'm pretty sure she wrote a novel set in India as well. I'll second Murasaki's "Tale Of Genji" as well...I started reading it once, then lost my copy.
And please, please, please...is there any way to expand the science fiction/fantasy offerings??
Apr 26, 2010 1:45 pm
Xena13, are there particular sci fi/fantasty books or authors you would like to see on the site? (Remember, books published after 1922 are not in the public domain so we may not be able to make themavailable.) For now you could check out our Science Fiction Channel, where we're publishing short stories from Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and recommendations from Cory Doctorow.
Apr 27, 2010 9:31 am
by MaggieH (admin)
Thanks to wellreadscholar - great list. Monkey/Journey to the West is one of the greatest books to be adapted successfully for children. Japanese lit written and translated in the 50s/60s was extraordinary. It was a definitive moment in time in transitional culture and they need to be read as a group. The Golden Pavillion, Women in the Dunes..dont remember them all but worth tracking.
Apr 28, 2010 2:36 pm
@MaggieH, I'd love to see *anything* from the "Golden Age" of science fiction. Having to imagine alien life or traveling in space before computers were invented or the combustion engine was a common thing will feed my inner Steampunk. I'm currently working my way through the works by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells that you already have available.
For fantasy, I wonder if the "color fairy series" is available? "The Red Fairy Book," "The Green Fairy Book," "The Blue Fairy Book," and so on...I remember reading one or two of them as a kid, and that they were collections of fairy tales from all countries and cultures.
Anything by H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, and August Derleth would be most welcome. :)
May 5, 2010 10:06 pm
I got interested in China's history when I played Romance of the Three Kingdoms in PS3. It seems, China's history is so colorful with all those characters involve from Cao Cao, Ma Teng, Zhuge Liang, Lu Zhi and more. From then on I am looking for a book regarding China's history. I don't know if I can have one book for all those historical facts, probably a series.
Jun 4, 2010 8:54 pm
Could we add works by Yukio Mishima: After the Banquet, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, The Sound of Waves, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace . . ., Forbidden Colors, et al.
Yasunari Kawabata: The Master of Go (really want to read this!), Snow Country, Thousand Cranes, etc.
Natsume Soseki: I Am a Cat, Botchan, etc.
Miyamoto Musashi: The Book of Five Rings
Tankas by Ono no Komachi, Izumi Shikibu, etc. (maybe not possible?)
Sep 20, 2011 10:39 am
I would love to see more books from Asia as well. Really from all over the world. I love reading books about/set in other cultures.
Sep 26, 2011 4:08 pm