The Golden Peaches of Samarkand has 66 ratings and 13 reviews. Hadrian said: The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics. Edward H. Schafer (Author). In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand; A Study of T’ang Exotics. By Edward H. Schafer. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, xiii,
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The book took me so long to read, because the writing is peacyes and there is no story to follow per se. Carl rated it it was amazing Sep 17, A Study of T’ang Exotics.
The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics by Edward H. Schafer
Jul 08, carly rated it really liked it. Many of the goods came from Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Serindia an archaic name for what is now Xinjiang provinceand the occasional glass good from Western Europe. Dec 22, Bryn Hammond rated it liked it Shelves: What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by th In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an.
While describing in great detail different objects and where they came from he left out a great deal of the practical side of things. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Unless it was an area I had particular interest in I have to admit I did skip much of the later descriptions.
You are commenting using your WordPress. It’s a book of wonders, a very old-fashioned thing, and so yummy that I could put on weight just leafing through the chapter on horses. He is also known within sinology for his uncompromising belief in the importance of language skills and learning and his differing approach on this subject to John King Fairbank.
Now the subtitle is a modest exposition of what’s in samarkwnd book. Schafer is probably one of the earliest, if not the earliest, book written about the Tang dynasty. Email required Address never made public. It also seemed to be going to great lengths to point out how much China was influenced by it’s neighbors, and how it was the neighbors who seemed to have all the really great things.
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Aurelio rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Feb 10, Hadrian rated epaches really liked it Shelves: The first chapter, “The Glory of the Tang” was in itself simply amazing and may be worth getting the book saarkand just in itself.
It gave descriptions of the major trade towns and transportation in rich and vivid detail and you could really feel like you were there and seeing it all for yourself. But this book manages to play The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the material culture and aesthetic trends of the Tang Dynasty. An American sinologist and a noted expert on the Tang dynasty. Each chapter contained a small overview praches the subject being discussed before going into detail about each item.
Even in the endnotes, there’s something worth discovering here. Ellen rated it really liked it Jul 25, Over the years I have looked for books that cover East-West communication over the Eurasian landmass. Selected pages Title Page. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy goolden peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court peacbes Ch’ang-an. Nicholas Pearson rated it liked it Oct 30, Want to Read saving….
In Schafer’s text too they are ‘arrogant, haughty’ and nothing else, their behaviour when in China enough to disgust a civilized person. So I had to struggle to read this book. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effort on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry. samarjand
He then became a professor of Chinese there and remained at Berkeley until his retirement in So in a way it looks far more at the cultures around the Tang than it does on the Tang itself. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effort on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry.
It’s an extensive history of the things that the T’ang Dynasty wanted to import from the 7th through the 10th centuries.
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This book fits in that genre. Books by Edward H. Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, all bringing exotic wares either as gifts or as goods to be sold. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thanks for telling us about samzrkand problem.