The Crazy Adventures of the Wu Gate 午门囧事 by 影照 Ying Zhao (OE)

 

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“Why must I travel back in time (in chinese, 穿越 chuan yue)? Why must I travel (穿 chuan)?”

“不穿 (Don’t wear) will be cold…” 

If you once thought this was a time travelling novel…

What is a Benz? Beautiful men step aside. As a knowledgable woman who has gone through higher education, how can I tolerate a backward life without a computer, without chocolate, without a flushing toilet bowl? No matter what I must return back to the future! Thus started, Gu Qing Qiao’s silly ridiculous legend, a side-splittingly funny case that started with one bowl of roast pork rice. 

But sadly, we may have guessed the start, but we weren’t able to guess the end…

[Ebook] [Audiobook] [Radiodrama till 11] [Review & Spoilers] [Eng Translation] [Ngọ Môn quẫn sự]

 

25 Responses

  1. Peanuts
    Peanuts February 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm |

    Thanks for writing this. I checked this out long ago & was reluctant to read it inspite of the good audiobook bcos there are 3 males. Luckily I trusted my instinct so I saved my heart from being broken to pieces, heehee…

    I finished reading your blog and will comment here bcos I had trouble posting on your blog last night. Oh, reading your summary already made me feel sad. Hence, I don’t think I’ll touch these books. Moreover there are 3 of them which scared the hell out of me, lol. Anyway, your feature is very well-written in accordance to the mood of the book as well as the intention of the author.

    Btw, I thought 囧 means embarrassing but how come you translated it as crazy? Haha, I am not questioning your language proficiency but I am just curious. Also, ME is not a well-known acronym, so can we stick to OE to represent open to interpretation ending which means you can feel either sad or happy abt it?

    Lastly, I won’t simply assume the first male who turns up in a novel will get the girl. It is not a case of first come, first serve, lol. At the same time, I’ll not assume the last one standing will get the girl. But I’ll assume the guy who makes sacrifices and loves the girl purely and whole-heartedly will get the girl. Even without the spoiler, I think I should be able to board the right ship. However that being said, I’ll still feel bad for the loser(s) unless they are written as purely evil or total scumbag. Thus, it is best to read a novel which have a dominant male lead and weak supporting males if any, lol.

  2. Melanie
    Melanie February 23, 2014 at 6:08 am |

    That was a great summary of the novel on your blog, decembi! Maybe I will go and listen to the audiobook. I actually do not mind sad or bittersweet endings, as those types of ending usually make me think about a story the most after finishing it. Happy endings make me smile but then I simply forget about those stories and move on.

    I, too, especially love peanuts’ statement that the guy who loves the girl purely and wholeheartedly should get the girl, because such a man is truly deserving of her love.

    Since I have not read the novel (or listened to the audiobook), I don’t want to make too many assumptions. However, I feel that there is no need to feel sad or pity Lu Zhi Zheng. He has clearly made a conscious decision to sacrifice love for ambition. Whether that is the right choice, it does not matter. What matters is that he feels it is the choice that he will be able to live with most for the rest of his life. The minute he has made that choice to abandon his love for Xiao Qiao, he has already prepared his heart and mind to lose her. Therefore, there is no need for us to pity him, for that is the path he has consciously chosen. Life is full of choices, and some choices may lead to regret later on. Unfortunately, we must live with decisions we make, and so must Lu Zhi Zheng.

  3. Peanuts
    Peanuts February 24, 2014 at 12:19 am |

    Hey Mel, I think the audio book only covers part 1 of the novel and there is no audio book for novel 2 & 3. I am not 100% sure so listen at your own risk:P

  4. decembi
    decembi February 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm |

    Oh that’s surprising! Hopefully, someone finished all three books!

  5. petunia
    petunia March 30, 2014 at 3:00 am |

    Thank you Decembi for the great review on your blog – it has certainly piqued my interest in the book.

    The audiobook has 97 chapters with 2 epilogues – is that all the 3 books already or is it still only the first book as peanuts mentioned?

    I don’t want to start and be totally frustrated at the end of one book only.

  6. Redhazel
    Redhazel March 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm |

    Decembi, thank you for your explanation about the male leads. I might give it a try later. It’s sound interesting. After reading your introduction about the male leads I think I will definitely choose YSQ. But I feel curious because you choose LZZ.
    Decembi, I want to comment in your blog but I can’t type more than few words there.

  7. Redhazel
    Redhazel March 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm |

    That’s why i feel curious. There must be a great reason for you to choose LZZ. I feel pity the first male lead too.
    Decembi, I want to ask a spoiler here. Is the female lead travel back to present time with YSQ?
    I use safari from my iPhone. I tried several times but it’s always stop/can’t typing anymore so I have to close the page and try again. When I succeed enter my comment suddenly I can’t type the security word so it fail again. I want to try using opera but it’s very slow.

  8. Redhazel
    Redhazel March 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm |

    I have to wait until I can download the novel later when I’m back to my PC. Calm down decembi, i don’t want you to get high blood tension because Duan Yu. Yes, maybe it’s just the epilogue that portray him better.

    Well I really want to discuss c novel with everyone here but unfortunately I don’t understand Chinese at all. So I only catch the main point but miss many details in the novel because I depend on google translate 🙁
    I might end up asking a lot of thing to you. LOL
    But don’t worry, I won’t give up! 😀
    This bar make me abandon a lot of dramas :p but it’s absolutely a treasure!
    Now my phone is full with novel translation.

  9. Redhazel
    Redhazel March 31, 2014 at 12:49 am |

    Hahaha I like Stephen chow. It’s silly ad embarrassing sometimes 😀
    Waaa thank you decembi *hug*
    Everybody here is so kind 🙂
    Don’t worry, I’ll ask you shamelessly. LOL

  10. Peanuts
    Peanuts March 31, 2014 at 3:01 am |

    Yaya, redhazel reminds me of Jin Mi, so shameless lol. Btw that is meant as a compliment, lol.

  11. petunia
    petunia March 31, 2014 at 3:55 am |

    RedHazel,

    May i join in your shameless party?

    Like you, I mostly get the main points only and miss the details and nuances which enrich the story.

    This sounds like a worthwhile project for me to multitask google translate, “read” ebook + listen to the audiobook.

  12. Redhazel
    Redhazel March 31, 2014 at 10:35 am |

    LOL, Thanks for the compliment Peanuts 😀

    Petunia, let’s be shameless! LOL
    but decembi and peanuts might have a hard time because of us :p
    You’re lucky coz you understand Chinese verbal. Google translate is my only savior.

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  14. You are who you are
    You are who you are November 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm |

    Competent female leads are good. Though, I suppose it is easier to relate to a weak-willed and unconfident female lead if that is also how you are in real life so I understand why some people can find an strong female lead foreign and off-putting.

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