Six Records of a Floating Life

Six Records of a Floating Life Six Records of a Floating Life is an extraordinary blend of autobiography love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant a

  • Title: Six Records of a Floating Life
  • Author: Shen Fu Leonard Pratt
  • ISBN: 9781101488935
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six Records of a Floating Life 1809 is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a chiSix Records of a Floating Life 1809 is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a child He also describes other incidents of his life, including how his beloved wife obtained a courtesan for him and reflects on his travels through China Shen Fu s exquisite memoir shows six parallel layers of one man s life, loves and career, with revealing glimpses into Chinese society of the Ch ing Dynasty.

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    1. Shen Fu Leonard Pratt

      Shen Fu simplified Chinese traditional Chinese pinyin Sh n F 1763 1825 , courtesy name Sanbai , was a Chinese writer of the Qing Dynasty, best known for the novel Six Records of a Floating Life.

    829 thoughts on “Six Records of a Floating Life”

    1. In the first lines of this book, Fu Shen apologizes for he is not a very skillful writer. This modesty is unbecoming of him, for Six Records of a Floating Life is a charming and well-crafted recollection of ordinary life in a distant place and time. He makes it real.The title is unfortunately not accurate - though Fu Shen may have written six short pieces on his 'floating life', only four survive. The rest appear to have been lost to history.The main focus of these reminisces is the story of Fu [...]

    2. This book was very enjoyable, a wonderful social commentary of 18th/19th century China. It has some fantastic stories and insights into Chinese life. Two things stopped this being 5 stars, the first is that despite the title, there are only 4 records, the remaining 2 did not survive, although someone did try to forge the remaining 2 early in the 20th century, and the second thing was the way the "notes" system works. Each of the 4 surviving records have a number of specific Chinese idioms or exp [...]

    3. Wow! This was a lovely treat. I feel like I've gotten to know Shen Fu as a friend. He was kind, gentle, artistic, observant and loving to his wife. He was happy and content in Life, even while poor & close to destitute. At heart, his life was full of friends and cheer. It was a full life.Shen Fu is a wonderfully intimate and personal writer. I felt like I was with him in his journey. His wife, Yun, was interesting and complex. The two loved each other throughout their time together, which do [...]

    4. This was written in the late 1700s and early 1800s by a Chinese man who drifted between various clerical and artistic jobs.Only four of the original six chapters exist, and it makes a very different style of storytelling: each chapter is thematic, and chronological within, but the book overall is not chronological, so some episodes are described in different chapters, in different ways (layers of floating records). It works very well, though the various notes, maps and appendices in this edition [...]

    5. I was in the mood for something old that casually went against the grain of centuries of Euro propaganda by simply existing, and low and behold, this work rose to the top. I hadn't started it expecting an affirmation of a Tumblr post gushing about China's 3000 years of queer history, but it did that and more, giving a wonderful view into a life with things akin to 'Boston Marriages' alongside such a loving relationship between wife and husband that it reaffirms the fact that the solution to miso [...]

    6. Have you everen married off to your first cousin at seventeen?been thrown out of the house for "mishandling arrangements to obtain a concubine" for your father-in-law?been obsessed with the idea of finding a concubine for your husband?tried to purchase an underage singsong girl to be a concubine to both yourself and your husband?wasted to death because you failed to arrange for a live-in threesome relationship with your husband and his concubine?If you answer “yes” to any of these questions [...]

    7. Well, actually it's only four records (unless one counts a forgery). Shen Fu was completely unremarkable in public -- enough so that no one knows how he died -- but his memoir, unusually candid and personal for Chinese literature, reverals him as a creature of intense feeling. He is admired for the loving portrait of his wife that this book includes, but he was also a man capable of devoting more pages to the handling of flowers than to his two children. Still, this is perhaps the most immediate [...]

    8. When I read Chaucer for the first time, I thought "how contemporary this all is!" And when I read Shen Fu, I came to realize that he was a sort of Jack Kerouac of late 18th Century China. He:--Has a badass wife who recites poetry--Tries to pick up young women--Spends a lot of time traveling around with his bros looking for Enlightenment and getting hammeredFor those of you who are often confounded by the icy rigidity of so much classical Chinese prose, don't worry. Shen Fu is actually a pretty g [...]

    9. Guinness World Record for This Floating Life on GoodReadsClick below to find out whether you (or your nominee) won the Guinness World Record for floating the most old GoodReads reviews in the last twelve months:(view spoiler)[Sorry. Counting is still under way, but you'll always be right, if you're the judge! (hide spoiler)]

    10. Fu Shen comes across as an unpretentious man who is merely interesting in the unpretentious appreciation of things. These include the arts, the places he travels too, but most importantly his deep and passionate love for his wife.Of the four surviving chapters, the first one was the best. It's about the married life that Fu Shen shared with his wife Yun and their many happy moments. (He saves the unhappy moments for the third chapter.) He renders Yun with a magnificent eye for detail - the sheer [...]

    11. I loved this book for several reasons. It is a rare and frank account of a failed literati during the Qing Dynasty; Shen Fu writes in an astonishingly intimate and emotional manner for his time and his upbringing giving the reader a glimpse into a world long gone. Despite the fact that Shen Fu believes he is a poor writer, his writing is lyrical, stark and incredibly romantic. Shen Fu, for all of his faults (and there are many), preserved for the ages the romance between himself and his wife Yun [...]

    12. a book you should read before you die, absolutely unique, both as an autobiography from this period and from this culture. As most say, the stand-out chapter is the one on his marriage, but the ones on travels and aesthetics are great too. As i remember, the best one is first and the worst one is second and makes you want to give up, but it's the only stinker, so keep on! Plus, it's short. Read this.

    13. Lovely little book, that basically posits whilst the world, it's structures, fluctuate around us, our individual thoughts about our small lives remain peculiar, particular and personal and therefore, perversely, in odd ways universal.

    14. 若得一知己于闺中如此,此生当无憾。奈何沈生未有所成,遗病闺中而负此佳人。初以芸觅憨为真情,无奈复本浮而戏妓,留憨只为挽君。

    15. A Westerner’s impression of 19th century China - if that Westerner has one - may well be summed up by the cover illustration of this book. It is a world as remote as that of medieval chivalry, distant from us in both time and space; a world of elaborate customs and ritual, both beautiful and impenetrable.But Shen Fu speaks to us, in this translation, with a surprising immediacy. He does things that we might well have done - quarrels with his parents, falls in love, gets drunk, goes travelling. [...]

    16. 'Six Records of a Life Adrift' is really four records of a life adrift—Shen Fu's other installments were either lost or never completed. His first chapter 'Delights of Marriage' provided a brief antidote to raging loneliness. Shen Fu's marriage to Chen Yun seems like the stuff dreams are made of, two intellectual equals completely devoted to each other, the best of friends. The love affairs of Ovid and Catullus come to mind, Catullus barely holds a candle to the maturity of Shen Fu's love for [...]

    17. Shen Fu's Six records of a Floating Life is too short! Granted two chapters have gone missing since it was written in 1806 I wish there was more. I loved it so much. Well all except the bit about flower arranging and landscaping though I could understand why it was in there. It was a very touching autobiography of the life of a man livining in late 18th Century China who was usually broke but sometimes worked for the government, sometimes as an art dealer, but mostly just sat drinking with his w [...]

    18. Un petit bijou! Chen Fou se raconte et nous permet d'entrer dans la vie quotidienne d'un lettré du XVIIIe siècle. Un homme pauvre qui doit gagner sa vie mais qui se retrouve souvent dans des situations financières précaires. Chen Fou aime sa femme qui est elle aussi une femme cultivée- elle sait lire et écrire, est curieuse et aimante. Le livre est en 4 cahiers et les 3 premiers sont savoureux, riches en détails sur la vie familiale, le travail, la contemplation, les plaisirs et les chagr [...]

    19. Story about a bad time-management average-intelligence Chinese man in semi-recent China. I would've liked the book more if the author didn’t talk like a 7 year old through most of it. Good love story with his wife, stupid political story about his losing his jobs and how tradition and family values made his family disown him (two or three times I don’t remember) Like Ethan Frome, everyone's life would’ve been better if he had gone for the dignity of just ending it. But then the book would [...]

    20. Interesting book. It's a little slow and the chapter on travelling is not very interesting (this garden in this city you've never heard of is better than this other garden in another city you've never heard of). The first three chapters on marriage, lesiure and sorrow are worth reading. It gives insight into what makes up a man's life. I wouldn't strongly recommend this book, but since it's only about 150 pages, its not much of a time investment if you're interested in life in China in the late [...]

    21. I loved this book, an autobiography of a clerk in China circa 1810 set in Souzhou. He is in love with his wife, has courtesans, deals with his demanding family, and is always at a loss for money, but usually finds a way to go out with his friends. A great view of an artistic family of the time.

    22. Dr. Johnson noted that the final purpose of a biography should be the edification of the reader, through examples and circumstances drawn from the study of one life: Carlyle, defending Boswell's biography of Johnson against Macaulay's acrimonious attacks, added that the aim of biography was to capture fully the time and person being described. Shen Fu's work is not a biography, but rather an autobiography-- but it is arranged thematically, which leads me to think that the author was not so much [...]

    23. I loved this book. The translation is super awkward and exotifies everything Shenfu writes in charming ways. -There are also great differences between our modern ideas and Shen Fu's of just what a book ought to be. The Six Records is not the chronologically constructed tale that we are now used to reading. Instead, Shen Fu takes particular topics and follows them each through his life, one at a time; the book is thus intended to be six different layers that add up to a 'floating life', each laye [...]

    24. If you enjoy reading diaries, or other works of "private" literature for the purpose of gaining insight into a culture and a historical period, you might enjoy reading this record by Shen Fu of his life and struggles. I was particularly intrigued by his sense of what Marxists would call "bourgeoisie values" as applied in Manchu era China; from his actions in the face of dire financial circumstances, we learn that begging off friends and relations is considered a more appropriate means of maintai [...]

    25. Resulta obvio que esta obra no surgió con propósitos de ser revelado más que para el autor. Las descripciones son extensas y no se evidencia ningún interés literario más que el de dejar por escrito una historia de vida. Shen Fu narra de una manera despreocupada y completa, todo aquello que vivió, todo aquello que tuvo que atravesar y que lo marcó de tal forma que, como el título del libro, dejó su vida a la deriva. Una lástima que no se encuentren las dos estampas faltantes pero, aun [...]

    26. An illuminating look at life among the not-quite-elite at the apogee of the Qing dynasty. Shen Fu was a late eighteenth-century private secretary in various local government offices in the Suzhou area. This is a series of diary-like (except not chronological) observations he made about his life. The private secretaries were the ones who helped the magistrates and other provincial officials carry out their tasks. Their job was very important, since the provincial officials they worked for were of [...]

    27. Vše je relativní, stejně jako úhel pohledu na jedno maželství.Ilustrace z knihy se objevily i na výstavách díla Toyen.

    28. This book provides an interesting insight into the life of a man in the Qing dynasty who has all the education and no opportunity to use it. It is a realistic look at family dynamics, love, and social activities that is rarely seen in other literature from this period.

    29. "I would advise all the husbands and wives in the world not to hate one another, certainly, but also not to love too deeply. As it is said, 'An affectionate couple cannot grow old together.' My example should serve as a warning to others" (p. 89). This warning from Shen Fu struck me. But still I cannot find out a rational explanation behind this statement: "An affectionate couple cannot grow old together." In fact, none of the examples in his life experiences as told by him in the book explains [...]

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