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The author of the book: Robert van Gulik
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Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: 1977
ISBN: 0486235025
ISBN 13: 9780486235028
Language: English
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The first novella -- The Haunted Monastery -- held little interest for me, and I only enjoyed the sense of Judge Dee being stranded in a Taoist temple in the mountains with only his one sidekick and his three wives. Usually in most of his novels, Judge Dee is too busy solving crimes, but here there are one or two scenes with his wives which softens his character. The book also thematically dealt with the differences between Confucianism and Taoism, and to a lesser degree, Buddhism. The second novel -- The Chinese Maze Murders -- must be one of the best Judge Dee books I've read. Besides the usual three cases he has to solve, in this instance he must restore order to the boarder town he has been assigned to, foil a Khan-led plot to siege the empire, and also discover the murderer of the previous magistrate. However, I was enamored, more than I usually am, by the material richness of the narrative; attention to flowers, strange creatures, architecture, calligraphy, painting, and poetry all figure in to the mysteries themselves and their solutions. Plus the themes are many -- besides the reprised theme of the differences between Confucianism and Taoism, the story strikes upon attitudes concerning Chinese vs. "barbarian" cultures, principals of ethical/moral leadership (and their failings), as well as frank and explicit narrative concerning torture, sapphism, sex, and views of women. Moreover, the book meanders between the bravado of a western tale of implementing justice, and the dark, self-doubting sensibility of a noir. Robert Van Gulik even places an ingenious dues ex machina in the form a Taoist recluse living in the mountains, and in the end, the greatest mystery is the one Judge Dee must solve for himself, the implication of the lines:

There are but two roads that lead to the gate of Eternal Life:
Either one bores his head in the mud like a worm
or like a dragon flies up high into the sky.


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Ebook The Haunted Monastery and the Chinese Maze Murders read Online! Robert Hans van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat best known for his Judge Dee stories. His first published book, The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, was a translation of an eighteenth-century Chinese murder mystery by an unknown author; he went on to write new mysteries for Judge Dee, a character based on a historical figure from the seventh century. He also wrote academic books, mostly on Chinese history.


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