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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang. Julia Lovell Translator. James Schamus. In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined: Wong Chia Chi, a young student active in the resistance, and Mr.
Yee, a powerful political figure who works for the Japanese occupational government. Written in lush, lavish prose, and with the tension of a political thriller, Lust, Caution brings s Shanghai artfully to life even as it limns the erotic pulse of a doomed love affair.
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May 07, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it. Just one word. Uttered almost in whisper, by a woman. She told her lover: "Run. Then I went back to the page where this word was, eleven pages earlier. A rich, married, powerful politician working for the Japanese occupying Hongkong during the war and his young, beautiful mistress secretly working for the resistance.
They are choosing a diamond ring, his gift to her. Her colleagues at the resistance are outside waiting to ambush him. She was their willing bait, they had set him up for an assassination. You will wait for an explosive finish. A shootout, guns ablaze, a violent dramatic end. Instead, you'll get one word, almost imperceptible, like a light feather that silently drops to the ground on a windless day.
And that word, "run," that solitary word, three letters, a plea, perhaps a cry, creates stories within the story, hidden sequels, questions needing to be asked, uncertainties over facts erstwhile laid plain.
View all 3 comments. I watched this film 3 times. A different version for everytime since it was heavily edited and censored as we all know. The action almost ruined the whole thing. When finally got round to director's cut I was blown away. It took me a while to grasp the cruelty of it and still I get shivered whenever I think about the protagonist's final decision. Aug 18, Letitia rated it really liked it Shelves: chinese , library-available , romance , fiction , underpages , shorts , thriller , war.
Eileen Chang's story is literary and precise; the film has more raw devastating power in some scenes, and fleshes out Mr. The short story better captures the materialistic mood of high society in occupied territories, and gives interesting insights into the characters' thoughts, but the story does not fu Eileen Chang's story is literary and precise; the film has more raw devastating power in some scenes, and fleshes out Mr.
The short story better captures the materialistic mood of high society in occupied territories, and gives interesting insights into the characters' thoughts, but the story does not fully convey the emotional tragedy of Wang Jiazhi's 'carnal' sacrifice.
It's a very good translation and non-Chinese readers shouldn't feel any FOMO, but if I had to complain about something it would be that the awful circumstances under which Jiazhi lost her virginity were glossed over in the story, especially in the English translation.
English Julia Lovell : "Apparently, Liang Jun-sheng is the only one who has any experience, " Lai Hsiu-chin, the only other girl in the group, told her. Liang Jun-sheng. Of course. He was the only one who had been inside a brothel. But given that she was already determined to make a sacrifice of herself, she couldn't very well resent him for being the only candidate for the job. Why did it have to be Liang Jun-sheng! He was the only one who had been to a brothel.
If she was determined to sacrifice herself for the cause, then she had to shake off her resentment that he would gain this advantage from her. As for the story's powerful denouement, both the story and the film don't let us down. Lovell describes it perfectly in her Foreword: "Mr.
Yee's return to the mahjong table brusquely exposes the true scale of Chia-chih's miscalculation: his ruthless, remorseless response, his warped sense of triumph.
He could feel her shadow forever near him, comforting him. Even though she had hated him at the end, she had at least felt something. And now he possessed her utterly, primitively——as a hunter does his quarry, a tiger his kill.
Alive, her body belonged to him; dead, she was his ghost. Her shadow would always stay beside him, comforting him.
Although she had hated him at the end, she had felt so strongly about him that it didn't matter what emotion it was, only that she had felt it. Now she really was his woman in this life; his ghost in death. After death, this spirit serves to lure other humans to the tiger or to the water, to become its next victims. You can see why this spirit is so despised, a traitor to its own kind like both Mr.
Yee and Jiazhi are, and why the concept of "chang" is difficult to translate succinctly. Linguistic cavils aside, my final word is that it's a beautiful story and I look forward to reading more of Chang's work. View 1 comment. Feb 19, Willem van den Oever rated it it was amazing Shelves: in-english , short-stories , china , romance.
The book reads like a fever dream, where hidden messages can still be discovered by the reader after finishing the last page. Where some writers would need pages to tell a similar plot, Chang manages to do in 60, without sacrificing her elegant writing style and eye for detail. A wonderful way to spend an evening reading.
Feb 23, Crystal rated it really liked it. The story was amazing, but I feel that I missed out on a lot of the beauty of the author's writing due to translation. May 24, Erika rated it really liked it. The two main characters' lives become intertwined in this political thriller as they take part in tea parties and secret interrogations.
Its main themes are feminism and individualism. It is very artfully written. Oct 18, Bookshop rated it liked it. I 'discovered' the book when researching Ang Lee's then upcoming movie of the same title.
It's a short story written by an apparently popular Shanghainese writer, Eileen Chang, about a young girl who sacrifices herself for her country by seducing the enemy and then trapping him to be killed by other team members. I am no good with short stories as I find them confusing. This one included. Like Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee created a full-span movie from a thin material.
It took me one hour flat to I 'discovered' the book when researching Ang Lee's then upcoming movie of the same title. It took me one hour flat to finish it, including the fore- and afterwords.
Reportedly, the short story "took Chang more than two decades to complete". The story focuses on the plight of Wang Chia-chih and her involvement in a plot to assassinate Mr. Yee, who is a co-collaborator of a Chinese collaborator with the invading Japanese force. The novella was allegedly based on a true story of the wartime spy Zheng Pingru. The title of the work eventually adopted, Lust, Caution , is a pun.
Lust, Caution: The Story