We were given a booklist categorized by country. Judge Dee ends his career being promoted to the position of senior Metropolitan Judge in the capital, and his assistants obtain official ranks in the Army and civil service.
The preface of this book discusses the characteristics of Chinese detective stories, a brief overview and analysis of Chinese law, and the background for more studies. Van Gulik has provided a thorough introduction and appendix with much information on Chinese detective novels, the Chinese system of justice, and particularly relevant aspects of Chinese law that play a part in these stories.
There it is stated again and again that the first step of a murder investigation is to ascertain the character, daily life and habits of the victim.
Van Gulik subsequently wrote a successful series of mysteries with the same Judge Dee as protagonist. Van Gulik obtained three editions of that book — a 19th-century manuscript and two printed editions, published respectively in and in at Shanghai.
As stated in the postscript, "Part I is written in a fairly compact style and cleverly composed. These judges held a unique position. We can see the Asian influence in solving crime matters when Judge Dee uses religion, ghosts, and dreams to solve his crimes.
You will not be held in breathtaking suspense, but you will find yourself listening in on intriguing conversations. However, I am not reading this book as a representative of a well established Occidental genre but as an exemplar of a Chinese tradition.
Select the title of your choice. Judge Dee, during the Tang Dynasty, was a well-known statesman and a magistrate to a town called Chang-Ping. If the judge had sentenced a person to death and the executed person prove afterwards to have been innocent, the Judge would be himself executed - having made an honest mistake would not be a sufficient plea to save him.
There were many differences between variant texts, Van Gulik considering the 19th Century version the best and basing his translation mainly on it. Further, while Part I is written with considerable restraint, in part II there occur passages which are plain pornographye.
Judge Dee and with the help of his associates, begins solving the crime through much observation and Judge Dee was very clever. Fortunately, it turns out that this observant merchant is not the wanted criminal; on the contrary, he is an honest merchant, with his own accounts to settle with the criminal, who become a very valuable ally.
The settings are clearly evoked, the action is involving, and there is suspense even though one knows the culprits quite early on, because it is not at all clear how the Judge will overcome the ruses and resistance of the suspects.
In this text the magistrate is Dee Jen-djieh Di Renjiewho was a prominent magistrate and high official during the second half of the 7th century. In the Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, he is faced with three murders, which develop throughout the book.
All three cases are solved by Judge Dee, the district magistrate, detective, prosecutor, judge, and jury all wrapped up into one person. However, he never actually obtained a copy of that original work or a conclusive evidence that it had existed under that name.
This case contains a surprising twist in its solution. Sometimes, however, Judge Dee finds it expedient to go out incognito and carry out an investigation in disguise.
Judge Dee, naturally, is responsible for deciding sentences as well as assessing guilt or innocence, although van Gulik notes in the stories that all capital punishments must be referred to and decided by officials in the capital.
This is light and pleasurable reading. This translation is chiefly a product of the Pacific War years,when constant travel on various war duties made other more complicated Sinological research impossible.In by reading the Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, I gained a perspective of the people and culture of China.
This book showed the analysis of Chinese saw and the background of Chinese history. Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee has 1, ratings and reviews. Henry said: This first Judge Dee novel (a historical figure, Di Renjie, A.D.d 4/5.
Robert Van Gulik wrote several books featuring the T'ang dynasty judge (who served as investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury in criminal cases) Dee, _The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee_ an /5(46). Here are three authentic 18th-century Chinese detective novels, chronicling interwoven cases solved by the celebrated historical magistrate Judge Dee in the 7th century.
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