[The Haunted Monastery] E–pub ↠ Robert van Gulik

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  • The Haunted Monastery
  • Robert van Gulik
  • English
  • 01 January 2020
  • 9780226848792

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FREE DOWNLOAD æ The Haunted Monastery AD 666Judge Dee and his entourage seeking refuge from a mountain storm become trapped in a Taoist monastery where the Abbott Jade mysteriously dies after delivering an ecstatic sermon The monks call it a su. Fresh off the case of The Chinese Gold Murders I was rather looking forward to another of Judge Dee s adventures Judge Dee and his retinue are returning from their travels when they are confronted with a terrible storm that will surely dump their carts off the mountainside if they try and shelter in place The best spot to spend the night is the nearby Morning Cloud Monastery already on the Judge s mental list for an upcoming visit for the deaths of three young women Unfortunately it s cold and rainy and the Judge had caught a cold There s nothing uite like reading descriptions of someone s crankiness I must say I found myself growing as grumpy as the Judge with his pounding headacheThe judge tugged angrily at his beard The ghostly voice had disturbed him than he cared to admit Then he took hold of himself Probably some monks were talking about him in another room or passage near there Often the echo played ueer tricks in such old building He stood listening for a while but did not hear anything The whispers had ceasedThough published in 1961 Van Gulik tried to balance a tale that would appeal to modern mystery tastes with that of traditional Chinese mystery stories Traditional stories often relied on supernatural elements were freuently highly judgemental towards both Taoism and Buddhism and usually gave away the villain at the start Though Van Gulik avoids going so far as to share the identity of the villain he does enjoy creating the feel of pre communist 7th century ChinaAs the Judge and his retinue arrive at the monastery the Judge glimpses a man throttling a one armed naked woman but before he really understand what he is seeing the shutters crash close and he is unable to see As he tries to find the room where the possible crime is committed the monastery is celebrating its two hundred and third birthday and the monks are enjoying the work of a performing artist troupe and their bear Also among the guests are an older established woman who is bringing a charge to the monastery to become a nun In a move familiar to Shakespeare fans one of the performers mocks the senior abbot implying his personal gain from the untimely ascension of his predecessor It doesn t become a comedy of errors sadly so much as a peevish man trying to find a solution to a missing woman a strange vision and the death of the prior abbotThis all sounds rather interesting of course but various puzzles are solved less by cleverness than blind luck and perseveranceWhile I did enjoy parts of the tour through China past I think the gestalt didn t balance out nearly as well as it did in The Gold Murders It was hard for the writing to overcome the prejudices of the Judge and of his frustration with the weather and the layout of the monastery Luckily for the reader Van Gulik provided both building and floor maps along with cast of characters What was particularly interesting about the Judge in this one is that while he definitely had a religious intolerance he was particularly tolerant with unwed relationships and lesbian relationships Despite all that I found myself falling asleep unfortunately often for a mystery so take that for what you willThe edition I read combined with the Chinese Maze Murders also had a number of plates drawn by Van Gulik in the style of 16th century Chinese illustrated blockprints in Ming dynasty style but since block printing is a rather simplistic style it didn t feel like they brought any depth to the storyTwo and a half stars rounding up Tennessee Reunion Williamston Wildlife Rescue #3 judge tugged angrily at his beard The ghostly voice had disturbed him than he cared to admit Then he took hold of himself Probably some monks were talking about him in another room or passage near there Often the echo played ueer tricks in such old building He stood listening for a while but did not hear anything The whispers had ceasedThough published in 1961 Van Gulik tried to balance a tale that would appeal to modern mystery tastes with that of traditional Chinese mystery stories Traditional stories often relied on supernatural elements were freuently highly Tempted by the Badge To Serve and Seduce #2 judgemental towards both Taoism and Buddhism and usually gave away the villain at the start Though Van Gulik avoids going so far as to share the identity of the villain he does enjoy creating the feel of pre communist 7th century ChinaAs the Judge and his retinue arrive at the monastery the Judge glimpses a man throttling a one armed naked woman but before he really understand what he is seeing the shutters crash close and he is unable to see As he tries to find the room where the possible crime is committed the monastery is celebrating its two hundred and third birthday and the monks are enjoying the work of a performing artist troupe and their bear Also among the guests are an older established woman who is bringing a charge to the monastery to become a nun In a move familiar to Shakespeare fans one of the performers mocks the senior abbot implying his personal gain from the untimely ascension of his predecessor It doesn t become a comedy of errors sadly so much as a peevish man trying to find a solution to a missing woman a strange vision and the death of the prior abbotThis all sounds rather interesting of course but various puzzles are solved less by cleverness than blind luck and perseveranceWhile I did enjoy parts of the tour through China past I think the gestalt didn t balance out nearly as well as it did in The Gold Murders It was hard for the writing to overcome the prejudices of the Judge and of his frustration with the weather and the layout of the monastery Luckily for the reader Van Gulik provided both building and floor maps along with cast of characters What was particularly interesting about the Judge in this one is that while he definitely had a religious intolerance he was particularly tolerant with unwed relationships and lesbian relationships Despite all that I found myself falling asleep unfortunately often for a mystery so take that for what you willThe edition I read combined with the Chinese Maze Murders also had a number of plates drawn by Van Gulik in the style of 16th century Chinese illustrated blockprints in Ming dynasty style but since block printing is a rather simplistic style it didn t feel like they brought any depth to the storyTwo and a half stars rounding up

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FREE DOWNLOAD æ The Haunted Monastery Ation and murder A painting by one of the victims reveals the truth about the killings propelling the judge on a uest for justice and revengeEntertaining instructive and impressive Times Literary Supplemen. In the mountains above Hanyuan Judge Dee has been caught together with Tao Gan and his three wives in the middle of a thunderstorm They must take refuge at the Daoist monastery Chaoyunguan where during the Northern Wei dynasty a peasant revolt was violently uelled and where recently three young girls have died mysterious and unexplained deaths In addition Judge Dee begins seeing ghostly apparitions and hearing strange whispers in the monastery halls In spite of these hauntings and in spite of suffering a miserable head cold Judge Dee begins investigating these three deaths and soon finds himself hot on the trail of an utterly ruthless amoral killerVan Gulik rather played up Di Renjie s antipathy toward Daoism in this novel though that s partly explained by his ill temper at being caught sick in a rainstorm Even so some of the philosophical differences between Daoism and Confucianism are explored and the book touches on one of the common complaints against Daoism during times of its unpopularity Van Gulik does a superb job with this novel though in restricting it to a closed setting and removing many of Judge Dee s usual tricks such as going incognito and assigning his assistants to follow and observe suspects He does a wonderful job of mounting tension as the Judge finds himself having to outwit the killer before he manages to kill another unfortunate young womanAnd even though the setting is in a monastery van Gulik s beloved criminal underworld and the seamier side of the Chinese Old Society still manage to make themselves felt Vagrant Daoist monks and procurers are among the splendidly colourful cast Interestingly enough the low class acting troupe led by Guan Lai are treated with a very high level of respect by Judge Dee and deservedly so the actress Ding Xiang turns out to be a remarkably able and uick witted temporary assistant for the Judge In addition the Judge rather reluctantly enlists the help of the heavy drinking young poet Zong Li who is wooing with his doggerel a young novitiate nun named Bai Meigui to investigate the three murdersThe former abbot of the monastery Yuguan had recently peacefully reposed after having delivered a profound and subtle sermon on Daoist doctrine but Zong Li still suspects foul play on the part of his then prior the current abbot Zhenzhi One of the actresses surnamed Ouyang has an unexplained connexion with Bai Meigui And one of her fellow actors Mo Mo has a nasty habit of disappearing and reappearing at whim Judge Dee has to solve a number of these riddles involving secret passages and locks paintings with hidden meanings and a gallery of horrors whose horrors turn out to be all too realRobert van Gulik sticks a bit loosely in this case to his gong an formula involving multiple cases to be solved simultaneously and the minor characters in this one on the whole end up much happily than they do in his other books At one point Judge Dee even remarks that he should retire from being a magistrate and set up shop as a professional matchmaker At the same time a bit of van Gulik s later cynicism about the inner workings of the Old Society at its highest levels begins to creep in and Judge Dee s faith in earthly justice gets a pretty bad shake I appreciate in this particular novel that van Gulik gives his usual formula an interesting twist and delivers a highly enjoyable fast paced murder mystery Intuición judge on a uest for How Money Became Dangerous justice and revengeEntertaining instructive and impressive Times Literary Supplemen. 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