The Smiling, Proud Wanderer

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Nov 20, 2017 16:59
The Smiling, Proud Wanderer
When I was a child, I loved reading Wuxia which is a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventure of martial arts and chivalrous spirit. Jin Yong is one of the most popular Wuxia novelists. His fictions were applied into countless films, TV dramas, games and so on. He has masses of fans from almost every generation. My favorite Wuxia novel of Jin Yong is “The Smiling, Proud Wanderer.” I respect the male protagonist who has an unrestrained personality and broad mind, so he makes friends without caring one’s background. I also appreciate the female protagonist who silently supports her lover and is tolerant to her love rival.
According to Jin Yong, he wants to express a life attitude which is indifferent to fame and wealth as well as does not focus on fighting for power through “The Smiling, Proud Wanderer.” Furthermore, it depicts that there is no clear division between evil and good.
I think reading Wuxia novels is a good way to understand Chinese philosophy and culture. For instance, I know the Chinese traditional instrument “Guqin” because of “The Smiling, Proud Wanderer” and finally fall in love with Guqin music.
The story of “The Smiling, Proud Wanderer” is nearly fifty years old, but I still enjoy reading it.