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.
笑傲江湖
小的時候很喜歡看武俠小說,武俠小說是中國文學中大眾文學的一種,以描寫武術和俠義精神為故事核心。金庸小說是其中極具人氣的作家,作品被改編成無數電視劇、電影、遊戲等,不論是哪個世代都有其粉絲。我喜歡的金庸小說是「笑傲江湖」。特別憧憬主角磊落不問善惡的個性,也很欣賞女主角能默默支持喜歡的人且包容情敵。具金庸所稱,「笑傲江湖」是想表達對淡泊名利不重視爭權奪利的人生觀,且傳達了正邪之間並非黑白分明。此外,讀武俠小說也是種認識中國哲學和傳統文化的管道,比如說我就是因為看了笑傲江湖,才知道有「古琴」這種傳統的樂器,進而愛上了古琴音樂。這個故事已經有將近50年的歷史了,至今看來還視覺得很有意思呢!
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