David Wang highlights the unique place that “Lust, Caution” author Eileen Chang holds in contemporary Chinese culture. Praise. “A dazzling and distinctive fiction writer.” —New York Times Book Review “Chang’s sensual writing has elements of both China and the United States;. Lust, Caution: The Story by Eileen Chang – book cover, description, publication history.

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I hope to read more cauiton her works in the future. You will wait for an explosive finish. Jan 17, Lydia rated it liked it Shelves: Simple, well-crafted, minimally descriptive, and precise, it’s the sort of thing that you would pass around in a college class on short fiction composition to show how motivations are implied.

The stories themselves weren’t exactly to my taste and my torpid review reflects my feelings upon the matter. That is not to say that the stories are unresolved – they certainly are – but that the resolution occurs as a phase in the life that otherwise continues on.

The book actually depicts one of the most critical scenes of the movie and will do some flashbacks to how Wang Jia Zhi and her group got into this situation. Every story is well told although Lust, Caution is my favourite because it focuses on one event from start to finish and so feels complete to me.

Jan 03, Mary Addison-lamb marked it as cautiob. My next Cautioon will be one of her novels.

Lust, Caution: The Story

Even though I enjoyed the writing in the others, I was always left with a feeling of discontent at the end, mostly because I felt like each of them could easily have been a novella in itself! Feb 19, Willem van den Oever rated it it was amazing Shelves: Part of my twentieth-century spies-and-conflict obsession.


The group plans to eileen Mr. Read more Read less. To view it, click here. Yee, a powerful political figure who works for the Japanese occupational government.

Lust, Caution: The Story by Eileen Chang

And that word, “run,” that solitary word, three lush, a plea, cautin a cry, creates stories within the story, hidden sequels, questions needing to be asked, uncertainties over facts erstwhile laid plain. The story of the title didn’t feel as smooth as the four others, which I eikeen might be because of the translation. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

On the surface the individual summaries of each of the stories sound like plots that I tend to enjoy. Her task is to seduce Mr. At least it takes us through her thought process that buying her a 6-carat pink diamond ring may mean he truly cares for her and that maybe she is in love with him.

As in other stories by Ms Chang, the main character in “Lust, Caution” is a young woman who pours her love and generosity over a man who does not deserve her, even if she knows from the start cajtion he is unworthy. A good collection of five short stories. Buy the selected items together This item: He was the only one who had been inside a brothel.

Lust, Caution and Other Stories by Eileen Chang

Sep 04, 96 Minutes. Now she really was his woman in this life; his ghost in death. Her shadow would always stay beside him, comforting him. In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined: Uttered almost in whisper, by a woman.

But now that he had enjoyed the love of a beautiful woman, he could die happy — without regret. Jun 07, Benjamin Farmer rated it liked it. Mar 20, H. A very powerful short story that, despite being the basis for Ang Lee’s NC film adaptation, is actually very understated and not the least bit racy.


As much as I enjoyed this story of love and betrayal, I was disappointed when I realised that it was actually a short story in a collection, and not a novel as I assumed it was I rarely read blurbs these days! The Story by Eileen Chang. See all 19 reviews. Be the first to ask a question about Lust, Caution and Other Stories.

Beautifully vivid writing and sympathetically drawn characters.

I tried to read everything I could about the movie and found luzt about this volume. This is a collection of short stories, all set in Second World War Shanghai. Get to Know Us. She felt kind of a chilling premonition of failure, like a long snag in a silk stocking, silently creeping up her body.

They say writers notice the things that everyone else overlooks; Eileen Chang perpetually manages to bring these details to life to enrich her stories and create delicate scenes of troubled domesticity. Aug 22, Bruce Roderick rated it it was ok Shelves: Overall though, a really compelling and lovely collection of stories.

One person found this helpful. Refresh and try again. In Chinese the title of the book apparently has layers of meaning.

Yee offers to buy Chia-chih a rare diamond ring when they visit the jeweler to replace a gem from one of her earrings. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s a short story written by an apparently popular Shanghainese writer, Eileen Chang, about a young girl who sacrifices herself for her country by seducing the enemy and then trapping him to be killed by other team members.

During this period, female student friends of Chia-chih denounce her as a whore.