David Wang highlights the unique place that “Lust, Caution” author Eileen Chang holds in contemporary Chinese culture. Praise. “A dazzling and distinctive fiction writer.” —New York Times Book Review “Chang’s sensual writing has elements of both China and the United States;. Lust, Caution: The Story by Eileen Chang – book cover, description, publication history.

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The stories themselves weren’t exactly to my taste and my torpid review reflects my feelings upon the matter.

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The three-hour long movie never loses its appeal but I felt that there were some things missing that I wanted to know such as the characters’ inner thoughts during the critical points of the film.

Lust, Caution and Other Stories. Very powerful writing, deep effect. She passed away alone in her apartment in The original “Lust, Caution” is available online so I’ll have a go at it after exams.

Still, a fantastic collection with real insight. These five stories give merely glimpses into the lives and burden of people in various ranks of society, showing what and – more importantly – how they are dealing with life during war. Return to Book Page. Writing in the afterword to a recently republished version of the page story, which took Chang more than two decades to complete, I recently saw the movie of Lust, Caution, and was unexpectedly haunted by it.

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She moved from New York to Los Angeles in and became a hermit of sorts during her last years. An unusual but cumulatively powerful collection of stories set in s China and concerning men and women and Eiileen v Lsut.


Shanghai and Hong Kong keep cropping up in a bunch of things I enjoy lately, so it was a nice dovetail with that as well as all the stories I grew up hearing my grandmother whose own father was a spy! Would you like to tell us about a ieleen price? Feb 04, Mariana rated it liked it. Jul 14, Andrew added it Shelves: The trajectory of the plots are noticeably different to male and western authors, with no noticeable climax and conclusions that peter out and fade away somewhat like a s pop music hit.

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Lust, Caution: The Story by Eileen Chang

The focus of the stories is solely on painting a thoroughly grey dull image of life as a citizen in a city, not itself at war, yet suffering from its consequences. Her colleagues at the resistance are outside waiting to ambush him.

Eileen Changa novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, was born into an elite family in Shanghai. The book actually depicts one of the most critical scenes of the movie and will do some flashbacks to cauion Wang Jia Zhi and her group got into this situation. Wong Chia Chi, a young student active in the resistance, and Mr. Oct 11, Indah Threez Lestari rated it liked it Shelves: She quickly enters into a secret affair with Mr.

The Story by Eileen Chang.

Lust, Caution and Other Stories

Linguistic cavils aside, my final word is that it’s a beautiful story and I look forward to reading more of Chang’s work. Half a Lifelong Romance Vintage International.

He was not optimistic about the way the war was going, and he had no idea how it would turn out for him. Open Preview See a Problem? Read more Read less. Nevertheless, he finds comfort in the thought that the executions helped to prevent rumors of his affair from spreading. Or is she beginning to fall in love with him? Lust, Caution is a dramatic story of passion, love and treason. She looks like such a powerhouse and someone I’d love to know but also be afraid of. And now he possessed her utterly, primitively — as a hunter does his quarry, a tiger his kill.


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. While in Shanghai, she was briefly married to Hu Lancheng, the notorious Japanese collaborator, but later got a divorce. In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined: From Eileen Chang lusy Ang Lee: The manuscript was dated to the s catuion was bequeathed to Chinese-American translator Roland Soong upon Chang’s death.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat A wonderful way to spend an evening reading. I’m rather sure Ang Lee does a great job of spinning a great movie out of this very basic outline.