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Literature and Fiction
Often considered the highest achievement in Korean fiction,
The Nine Cloud Dream poses the question: Will the
life we dream of truly make us happy? Written in
17th-century Korea, this classic novel’s wondrous story
begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak in
China succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. For
doubting his master’s Buddhist teachings, the monk is forced
to endure a strange punishment: reincarnation as the most
ideal of men.
On his journey through this new life full of material,
martial, and sensual accomplishments beyond his wildest
dreams, he encounters the eight fairies in human form, each
one furthering his path towards understanding the fleeting
value of his good fortune. As his successes grow, he comes
closer and closer to finally comprehending the fundamental
truths of the Buddha’s teachings. Like Hesse’s
Siddhartha, The Nine Cloud Dream is an
unforgettable tale that explores the meaning of a good life
and the virtue of living simply with mindfulness.
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