- If you cannot read simplified Chinese fluently, there is little need to try this novel. With all due respect from the author. The novel 嘉缘集叙 (jyjxu) is written in authentic, rigorous modern simplified Chinese. It is not the author's initial intention for it not to be easily translated into English or other non-Chinese languages. Its conversion to traditional Chinese should be easy.
- If you are looking for a good source to grasp modern simplified Chinese (not over-simplified Chinese like text messages or casual writing), this is a good candidate. The novel has a little over 170K Chinese characters, 218 formatted PDF pages.
- The novel has been officially granted US copyright protection as of May 2015. Its form and content, as it stands, is tentative volume one of more volumes to come. How many more volumes are yet to be determined. The 'volume one', this novel, if additional volumes are created, will serve as overall setup. It is, on the other hand, a complete story on its own.
- The book is for sale, device read-only at both Apple IBook store and Google Book; the author cares more about guarding against piracy than mass-marketing success at this point in time. The search key word is 嘉缘集叙 . At Apple IBook, you can also use "jyjxu" to bring it up. If you search 嘉缘集叙 at Google.com, it will lead you directly to Google Book, but not to Apple IBook store.
- As of now, one cannot buy it from mainland China (PRC) directly. The author will post first 30-50% of the pages here at this post over the remainder of 2015.
- Free copies have been distributed to small close circles for review. The best reader audience appears to be Chinese cohorts who were born prior to 1975, and who have received quality high education, well-versed in Chinese cultures, history and politics. One feedback so far is "the novel does not have a single sentence wasted" (“整部小说没有一句废话"）
- The story: how, in autumn of 1988, a 20-year-old Chinese girl who was the CEO of a modern-day private (and quiet) intelligence enterprise based in East Asia fell in love with a Shanghai boy, 23, who graduated from FuDan University (China's equivalence of Stanford, MIT or Harvard depending on who is talking) with specialty in world economy, finance and trade. After 72 days of her courting him, they got engaged. While surviving 1989 Tian-An-Men Square related events in China together, the two got married exactly one year after their first sight. The girl, a British marquis, then took her newly wedded husband whose nickname was 'emperor', offspring of a wealthy Chinese merchant in Shanghai, to launch into a quiet financial and intelligence powerhouse in decades to come, in her headquarters in suburban Tokyo and around the world. This novel / volume is about the first 72 days.
- The novel covers in-depth intelligence / counter-intelligence intricacies, political math and economic ploys in high-level dealing, love (not sex) with multiple contenders, and cultural banters, Beijing and Shanghai proper ~1988. The novel is self-proclaimed NOVEL solely because it is fiction in content, and somewhat novel in construction. It is not the author's conscious effort to follow and fall in line with traditions, styles, schools and branches of (Chinese) literature, modern or classic. It does mix Red Chamber, Schumpeter, the Capital, Cultural Revolution, James Bond, WUXIA, neo-classic economics and psycho-analysis, with key areas in advanced analytics such as optimization, forecasting, predictive analytics and computer science, to name a few. It is not hard to find elements of one's self here and there. If one finds himself or herself in there in some complete form, it is purely coincidence.
- The writing of the novel is with 'optimal information value' in mind throughout, as the author believes reading and writing both ought to be info efficient in this 'smart' era. One shall write with the reader's ROI constantly in mind. The author therefore has no cultural, ideological, religious, spiritual, political motivations and others, to burden the reader with. The initial goal of the project was to devise a better way to train aging memory. The project started in February 2014. Much thanks to Word's, Adobe's and the Internet capabilities to support independent writing and publishing as such. Needless to say highest appreciation of free access to large stock of rich and diversified quality Chinese materials in Boston and its suburban Minuteman libraries.
The author, 永嘉一三五