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Summary of the Book 'Kai Lungs 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 Lungs Golden Hours':
... of a foreign convention, the Chinese convention, in the English tongue. It was meant to produce a certain effect of philosophy and at the same time ... ... that it was his intention to refresh the surface of his body by the purifying action of heated vapour, and then to proceed to his mixing-floor, the ... ... might hastily assume that the three on the bridge would rescue the three in the river. You are all-wise, said Wei Chang, with well-marked admiration in ... ... words the broad-minded personage settled himself more reposefully among his cushions and signified that Kai Lung should be led forward and begin. The ... ... the first necessity is to enable this person's nails to grow again for to present himself thus in the Upper Air would be to cover him with ... ... replied the inscriber of his spoken word, with the concise manner of one who is not entirely grateful to another, is one who tells stories. ... ... esteemed, replied Lao Ting respectfully. Yet the omen must surely tend towards a definite course? Be guided by the mature philosophy of the resolute ... ... arranged, learned from the Chief Astrologer (may subterranean fires singe his venerable moustaches!) that a forgotten obscuration of the sun would ... ... is one direct from the presence of our high commander, requiring you against his thumb-signed bond. Go you must, and that alone, whether it be for elevation ... ... the effect that instead of lilies her hair was worthy to be bound up with pearls of a like size, and that beneath her feet there should be spread a carpet ... ... If a father is so neglectful of his duty, it is fitting that a grandfather should supply his place. This person will himself procure a bride for you without ... ... threadbare one of mine. My rust-eaten sword is unworthy of your second thought. But certainly neither of these two details is the real reason ... ... a few years with enlarged joints and afflicted bones in the abode he so prudently recommended for others, replied his mother, and without giving Yuen ... ... a just payment on any pretext whatever invariably found themselves firmly but courteously pressed to the wall by the neck, while a highly polished smoothing ... ... in this one's absence, for never before was your intellect so keen and lustreful. Let us at once carry your noble stratagem into effect, for this person's ... ... position into which he had hastily and incautiously thrust his body on their approach compelled him to reveal himself. The same inspiration led me ... ... mandate be sent out-but, to an obvious end, let it be withheld until the eve of the competitions. The moment of hesitancy has faded go forth in the ... ... to meet with some accident which prevented them from ever again visiting that part of the country. In the meanwhile Hoang grew from infancy into childhood, ... ... one who had last spoken, in tones of undisguised contempt towards Tan-yung. Is the eye of the Unapproachable Sovereign less than that of a city mandarin, ... ... (20 March 1868 - 27 June 1942), whose real name was Ernest Bramah Smith, was an English author. In total Bramah published 21 books and numerous short ...