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    Question Greek tragedy

    Post-Opium War Chinese history had always been a grim reading of horror -- war indemnities and reparations, international clown as the Sick Man of the East, until the advent of M.ao's revolution beginning 59 years ago.

    When I was a kid, reading such history of pre-Revolutionary China was more enervating than reading a Greek tragedy -- in other words, the Opium War and its century-long aftermath placed an unbearable onus on the psyche of our people.
    I don't understand why the author compared the history of pre -revolutionary China to a Greek tragedy. Is a Greek tragedy way wretched than any other tragedy? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I don't understand why the author compared the history of pre -revolutionary China to a Greek tragedy. Is a Greek tragedy way wretched than any other tragedy? Thanks!
    Hello.

    The author must be Chinese, i assume.

    to my knowledge, Greek tragedies are spectacular and dramatic, if no less bloody and cruel - more entertaining to a non-Greek reader. When we Chinese read about how our land was brutalised as a consequence of the Opium War, can we feel anything less than enervating? I think that's what the writer means.

    by the way, what's the book you're reading?

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    Default Re: Greek tragedy

    Quote Originally Posted by rocking View Post
    Hello.

    The author must be Chinese, i assume.

    to my knowledge, Greek tragedies are spectacular and dramatic, if no less bloody and cruel - more entertaining to a non-Greek reader. When we Chinese read about how our land was brutalised as a consequence of the Opium War, can we feel anything less than enervating? I think that's what the writer means.

    by the way, what's the book you're reading?
    Thank you for your reply.

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