Mr Derelict by Liu Ngo - Tr by HY Yang & GM Taylor (1948).pdf

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Translated by
H. Y. Yang and G. M. Tayler
Mr. Derelict is an abridged trans¬
lation of a Chinese novel written in
1905. Its author, Liu Ngo, was a man
of outstanding ability, and during a
varied career he denounced corruption,
promoted reforms and tried to intro¬
duce industrialization in an attempt to
postpone the ruin he feared was doomed
to overtake Chinese civilization. An
initial allegorical chapter, in which
China is represented as a junk in danger
of sinking, leads to episodes from the
career of Liu Ngo (in the person of Mr.
Derelict, a wandering physician).
It presents a vivid picture of various
cross-sections of Chinese society of the
early twentieth century, dealing with
high officials, humble villagers, scholars
and sing-song girls ; and although the
scenes and customs portrayed here
belong to the China of forty years ago,
an understanding of them throws con¬
siderable light on the China of to-day.
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