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Kai Lung Golden Hours

Auhtor: Ernest Bramah

Language: english
Published: 1922

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Review by O. Brown, October 2008


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'Kai Lung Golden Hours':

Kai Lungs Golden Hours is a fantasy novel by Ernest Bramah. It was first published in hardcover in London by Grant Richards Ltd. in October 1922 and there have been numerous editions since. The first edition included a preface by Hilaire Belloc which has also been a feature of every edition since. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its reissuing by Ballantine Books as the forty-fifth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in April 1972.As with other Kai Lung novels the main plot serves primarily as a vehicle for the presentation of the gem-like aphorism-laden stories told by the protagonist Kai Lung an itinerant story-teller of ancient China. In Kai Lungs Golden Hours he is brought before the court of the Mandarin Shan Tien on treasonable charges by the Mandarins confidential agent Ming-shu. In a unique defense Kai Lung recites his beguiling tales to the Mandarin successfully postponing his conviction time after time until he is finally set free. In the process he attains the love and hand of the maiden Hwa-Mei.

Excerpts from the Book 'Kai Lung Golden Hours':


... laughter trickling through his dreams. He sat up and looked around. Across the glade two maidens stood in poised expectancy within the shadow ...
... would make use of so menial an outway. The merchant therefore reached his garden unperceived and thenceforward maintained an undeviating face in the ...
... other than dragons, demons, spirits, and the forces which from their celestial nature may be regarded as possessing no real thickness of substance and ...
... autocratic thumb-. Alas, instructor, interposed Shan Tien compassionately, the sympathetic concern of my mind overflows upon the spectacle of ...
... undoubted son. The absence of such a relation is the one thing that has pressed heavily against this person's satisfaction in the past, and the deficiency ...
... to be soon alone. Li-loe held in his hand an iron prong, and with this he industriously searched the earth between the rocks and herbage. Ever ...
... however, for he could only detach a meagre fragment. When Lao Ting reached his uninviting room the last pretence of daylight had faded. He recognized ...
... virtues can restore a broken jar. The wayside fountain must one day dry up at its source, but until then not even a mountain placed upon its mouth can ...
... them all alike. For the space of seven years Weng remained about the shadow of the mountain, carrying out, together with the other members of the ...
... of numbers, thus enabling those who followed his advice (as he did not fail to announce in inscriptions of vermilion assurance) to secure-among ...
... expression he hastened to add considerately, but my father's father is even wiser.. Inevitably, assented the one referred to not merely ...
... Chang Tao freely. Thus their absence involves me in much ill-spared delay.. At this avowal the stranger's looks became more sombre, and he breathed ...
... we should be thus equipped. At this moment, though in the guise of a substantial trader, I possess a tail-small but adequate. Is it possible that ...
... evade his destiny. Yan seems to have been born for the express purpose of leading blind beggars about the streets of the city and to that ession he ...
... of his breath is cold to his menial one, said the woman in doubting reproach. It will scarcely warm even the roots of Heng-cho's fig-trees, replied ...
... absorbing affection Fa Fei could not disguise from herself that her feelings would have been more pleasantly arranged if her lover had been inspired to ...
... within hearing came into blossom at the eighty-seventh verse.. We have heard of the poem to which you refer with so just a sense of balance, said ...
... be inserted between the deepest secret of this person's heart and your all-extracting gaze. Should you, in your meritorious sense of justice, impose ...
... the lightning issuing in never-ceasing flashes from his eyes revealed that his features were rugged and his ears pierced with many holes from which ...
... thus at evening-time-to-morrow the light will again shine forth, whispered Kai Lung. Alas, radiance, that you who have dwelt about a palace should ...