By Adeline Yen Mah
During this poignant memoir the hot York instances bestselling writer of Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah, offers a desirable window into the heritage and cultural soul of China. Combining own reflections, wealthy ancient insights, and proverbs passed right down to her by means of her grandfather, Yen Mah stocks the wealth of chinese language civilization with Western readers. Exploring the background at the back of the proverbs, she delves into the lives of the 1st and moment emperors and the 2 insurgent warriors who replaced the process chinese language existence, including tales from her personal existence to fantastically illustrate their relevance and effect this present day.
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E. became prime minister. Unlike King Zheng, who was dictatorial, impetuous, emotional, and deeply superstitious, Li Si was rational, methodical, cold, and calculating. Twenty-one years older than the monarch, Li Si acted as a father ﬁgure to the young king, who turned to the older man increasingly for advice after the downfall and suicide of Lu Buwei. Many of the great deeds attributed to the king alone were probably carried out with the able assistance of his minister. In a memorial written shortly before he died, Li Si enumerated his manifold services: 44 ADELINE YEN MAH I sent out secret agents, equipped them with gold and precious gems, and ordered them to travel to diﬀerent states to befriend and counsel the feudal lords.
When I think of it, since Princess Hua Yang has no son of her own, why doesn’t she adopt Zi Chu as her heir and persuade Prince An Guo to make Zi Chu his successor? When Zi Chu ascends the throne, Princess Hua Yang will be the queen mother. ” ’ “I’m glad to report that Princess Hua Yang became convinced of the truth of my advice. Your father gave his consent and even had a jade tally engraved with words to this eﬀect. He broke the tally in two and gave one half to Princess Hua Yang while retaining the other half for himself.
But it was not only peasants who suﬀered. Royal princes too were A THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD 19 sometimes used as pawns. At the conclusion of a peace treaty between two states, it was customary to exchange hostages as guarantees of good faith. These hostages were usually princes of royal birth. One of these was Prince Zi Chu of Qin. , and there he remained for the next thirteen years. e. a merchant named Lu Buwei traveled to Handan, the capital city of Zhao, in search of fresh business opportunities.
A Thousand Pieces of Gold: Growing Up Through China's Proverbs by Adeline Yen Mah