Yang Yin, the brother-in-law of the prominent writer Wang Tao , found the incomplete manuscript of the work in a second hand book stall.
He gave the four parts to Wang, who was in charge of the Shanghai paper, Shen Bao. Wang published the manuscript in letterpress in and it became an instant bestseller. The Fourth Record was written in , so the book was believed to be finished after that.
Based on the index, we can tell that the fifth record is called A History of Life at Chungshan an experience in Taiwan and the sixth is called The Way of Living.
Later, the fifth and sixth parts which were claimed to have been found in another book stall were declared fraudulent by scholars. The floating life is but as a dream; how much longer can we enjoy our happiness? The book is written in what translator Graham Sanders calls "the literary language of poetry, essays and official histories rather than in the more verbose vernacular language used for the popular lengthy novels and dramas of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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