Reading Meetup - A Madman's Diary Part 2 (From VI onwards)

This meeting we do the second half of Lu Xun's short story A Madman's Diary (狂人日记).

In the first meeting we managed to finish the first 5 sections.  From the discussion around the table last week, there did seem to be some unlikely humour in the story which I didn't get on a first reading.  Therefore in this meeting we will start from section 6 - if you werent able to come to the first meeting it might be worth skim reading (in the language most familiar to you) the first 5 sections.

Anyway, below are text files containing the story.  The section numberings come from Lu Xun himself, though I have added some letterings to break up sections into more manageable chunks.  The way the meetings work is that we read each chunk in English and Chinese (Chinese native speakers read in English, and non-native Chinese speakers read in Chinese).  This way it helps both learners of English and Chinese improve their vocabulary and understanding of the language they are studying.

Here are the links:

A Madman's Diary in English

A Madman's Diary in Chinese

PDF with Pinyin and Translations

Mp3 of Parts 1-7
Mp3 parts 8-End 
(right click and choose save if you want to transfer them to your phone)
Anki FlashCards 

Wikipedia also links to a Lesson plan around this book - which might be a good way to discuss it at the meeting.

Usually we rent the room above the pub for the meeting and share the cost (no more than £3 per person)

Thanks to Anastasia for the suggestion and the links to the online versions of the story.

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  • Teresa

    I'd love to go tomorrow but I won't be able to do it as I'll be untill late working!
    Hopefully I'll make it soon.


    September 1, 2013

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