The Orphan of Chao


I carried this book to lunch today and read a thirteenth century Chinese play called "The Orphan of Chao." It's a lurid revenge play, with three suicides and one infant dismemberment on stage, 300 offstage murders, and a long 20-year wait for revenge. Oh, what fun!  (No, I was reading a Penguin edition of this play in English!)

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