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Sarolina Shen Chang - Canton, Michigan (USA):
April 01, 2001:
This is the book Li Po of Tang Dynasty wrote. One night,
while drinking wine in a boat, he used it to dip up
the moon from the waters, but fell with it. It still smells
the moon the river and the wine of the Eighth Century China.
This book is about to extinct, so it's being raised in a
glass case. It can never survive if we return it to the
This book is sitting on the witness stand. It is thick enough
to boost a child defendant in the school shooting case.
This book is sitting on the witness stand. It is the only
witness in a spy case. The defense lawyer is trying to beat
the wits out of it.
Parental guidance and reader discretion are recommended for reading this book.
Its author, Gao Xing Jian, the Nobel Literature Laureate, suggested during a
press conference in Taiwan that we skip the sex parts if we
found them too offensive or, say, too unbearable.
April 02, 2001:
This is the book I lent to my best friend who forgot
to return it so I took it back when I went to
her house for a visit. She is not talking to me
any more and will not for the rest of her life.
This is a book about friendship turned sour.
Ear plugs are required for reading this book, The Historical Legend of
The Three Kingdoms. In this book, men cried a lot, the
kings, the court attendants, the generals, the soldiers, the common people.
It is really unbearable to hear men cry, so often, so loud.
No one has ever opened this book. It is said that
it will write down one's evil thought when opened.
This book was heavily highlighted and underlined by previous readers. So,
besides reading the book itself, I am also comparing my appreciations of
it with others'.
I would like to re-write this book.
April 03, 2001:
This is the book Si Ma Qian of Han Dynasty wrote from
104 B.C. to 91 B.C.. It is called Shi Ji, The
History, 130 chapters long and 52650 words in total, one brush stroke
Half of Shi Ji was written before Si Ma Qian was thrown
into jail in 99 B.C. and later castrated in 98 B.C. for
speaking out for a friend, General Li, who led 5000 troops across
the Great Wall to fight the Huns, 80000 strong, had won many
battles before losing the war and surrendered.
Part of the second half of Shi Ji was written while Si
Ma Qian was serving his sentence in the prison, bearing the unbearable
pain and shame. He was pardoned in 96 B.C. and welcome
back to an even higher position in the imperial court of an
equally strong-minded emperor, Han Wu Di.
The History of Ching Dynasty was written by one of our professors.
There was only one copy in the college library, so our
class president xeroxed and passed out the Introduction of the book so
we could study for the final. We learned very little about
this dynasty, though we all passed, the professor spent the whole semester
talking about the fall of the previous dynasty, Ming Dynasty.
This is the book Cao Xue Qin of Ching Dynasty wrote, Red
Chamber Dream. There were more than 440 well described characters in this
semi-autobiography, the rise and fall of a famous family. It helps
me understand more about the Chinese society in Ching Dynasty.
April 04, 2001:
This is the book Du Fu of Tang Dynasty wrote when the
roof of his straw hut was leaking. We can still hear
the tranquility beyond the rain and yearn for it.
This is the book Tao Yuan Ming of Jin Dynasty wrote, a
fisherman 's accidental journey into an Utopia where people had no knowledge
of the rise and fall of all those dynasties. The
fisherman never found this Utopia again though he had marked every break
of the river on his way home.
This is the book Wu Cheng En of Ming Dynasty wrote, Journey
To The West, the famous monk Xuan Zhuang's pilgrimage to India, the
birthplace of Buddhism. We take sides with the Monkey King, one
of Xuan Zhuang's disciples, whenever there were disagreements. A monkey able
to somersault through clouds saw far and better.
This little red book inflamed the Cultural Revolution. The teenagers had
excuses for their decade long absence from school. The author, Chairman
This fortune cookie proverbs book was not written by Confucius (551 B.C.
-- 479 B.C.). Confucius wrote many important books, had many famous
followers, but had never said or written all those fortune cookie proverbs,
such as: you like Chinese food, you'll find your true love tomorrow,
your investment will rebounce if Greenspan lowered the interest rate by 3/4
of a point.
April 05, 2001:
This is the bedtime book I read to my daughters before and
after they fell asleep
This is the book I lent to my best friend who remembered
to return it but forgot to remove the bookmark, a $20 bill.
This is the book I lent to my best friend. She
hated the ending so much that she rewrote it inside the back
cover. I am not talking to her.
This is the book I lent to my best friend. She
liked it so much that she xeroxed the whole book. Now
she is in a copy right law suit. She claims I
am the willing accomplice.
If you are planning on checking out this audio book for your
vacation, make sure it's a 6 hours drive or flight. Because
it takes that long to find out who loved whom, who married
whom, who eventually died of what disease.
April 06, 2001:
This is the book the optometrist read while waiting for customers in
the brand new office.
This is the book the tree doctor brought with him for his
first trimming job. He read it to the branches as if
saying a departing prayer.
This is the book I was reading when the phone rang.
It was a wrong number.
This is another book I was reading when the phone rang.
It was an automatic telemarketing call which ended with: please hold while
all our representatives are assisting other customers.
This is the third book I was reading when the phone rang.
It was the service department from Sears informing me of the
approximate time their technician would come that day. The technician already
did the day before.
April 07, 2001:
This is the book about the second oldest profession. What is
computer doing in there?
This is a book about fate. People read it whenever Dow
hit another unforseeable bottom.
This is the book about mail delivery during nuclear war, written by
the Postal Service Nuclear War Delivery Research Committee which is currently working
on the no-Saturday-delivery project.
This is a book about memory. I read. I forgot.
Sentence by sentence, page by page, chapter by chapter.
This book about lonesomeness was awarded to the SURVIVOR
April 08, 2001:
This the text book our professor used for the Classical Chinese Literature
class. It doesn't have any punctuation so we really had to
read it word by word and punctuate the masterpieces according to our
comprehension. Those great authors had since turned several times in their
graves hearing us stuttering through.
The notes in this music book are anxious to skateboard over the
The lily on the dust cover of this poetry book has its
root hidden somewhere in the muddy lines.
This book is about a family heirloom, a Chinese painting which had,
in the full moon nights, pulled generations of mistresses into its walled
gardens and pavillions. Look closely, the author pointed out, one could
find tiny footprints at the bottom of the farthest wall, failed escapes.
This is the book the innkeeper put under the pillow for insominia
guest. The guest would never wake up without a pre-arranged morning