Eight Treasures Trousseau

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Everyone in the City of Jing thinks that bestowment of marriage between Xian Junwang and the daughter of the Yi’an Marquis House is to insert a fresh flower into manure.

Xian Junwang was that fresh flower and the di daughter of Yi’an Marquis House was that manure that was not liked.

It is said that what is heard is false, seeing is believing. Who knows what the truth really is?

Associated Names
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Bát bảo trang
Bā bǎo zhuāng
ETT
The Eight Treasure Dowry
八宝妆
Related Series
To Be A Virtuous Wife (Same Franchise)
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12/19/17 Dreams of Jianghu c108 (end)
12/12/17 Dreams of Jianghu c107
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12/05/17 Dreams of Jianghu c104
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12/05/17 Dreams of Jianghu c102
11/28/17 Dreams of Jianghu c101
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11/21/17 Dreams of Jianghu c98
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Review
190 Reviews


Qutie
New Qutie
Apr 18, 2021
Status: Completed
The translation isn't the best...I had to keep looking at the footnotes to know who's who and what means what.

Buuuutttttt.....I AM INLOVE WITH THIS NOVEL! Okay okay I need to calm down and actually talk about it. I've gotta admit some of the reviews I read made me not want to read this but I still wanted to give it a chance.

This female lead is one of those few who transmigrated to the past and actually had common sense. She minded her own business and most of the actions she... more>> made would either benefit her, keep her family safe, or be for the man she married. I would marry this woman if I could, I absolutely love her and I especially loved that the decisions she made were ones that I agreed with. It's usually rare for me to want a female lead to snap at her enemies but I definitely wanted her to. The moment she snapped I was like oh shooootttt she snapped! And I loved every second of it. The author did such a good job at developing this character.

Now, let's talk about our ML. I actually quite liked him. He respected the FL, and treated her as he should. I do admit he is a slight bit... manipulative buuutttt I still like him. Him and the FL would be winning awards for their acting if it was in modern time. I kept laughing at the scenes of them having to show emotion to others. Compared to other male leads in most historical novels, he's somewhere in the top 10 I would say. The way the author crafted his habit changes after getting married was amazing. I love this couple.

Okay now onto the side characters, I don't have much to say about the men, unless we're talking about the emperor or the fl's brothers. I loved her brothers, well I loved her family as a whole, the love they had for the FL was cute. As for the emperor...I don't want to talk about that pice of-..*ehem*
Spoiler

Anyway, he's a freaking rapist! He r*ped his daughter in law.... HE r*peD HIS FREAKING DAUGHTER INLAW!

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I do feel bad for the women in this novel, I couldn't find it in me to hate any of them, most of them were doing what they could to survive. This is actually what made me love the FL more, she didn't automatically label them as good or bad. Although it wasn't explicit mentioned, I could see that she understood.

Thank you to the translators for making it possible for me to read this wonderful story.

As for the authour, *if they even see this* I'm thankful that they brought this story to life. <<less
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acexdeuce
New acexdeuce
Apr 17, 2021
Status: --
It's not enjoyable to me. I prefer to be a virtuous wife far better and more interesting than this. The protagonist here is not really active, just in the background and the romance.. So disappointing. I agree to the other reviewer who said this is not as emotional as tbavw.
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willwiz
willwiz
Oct 22, 2016
Status: Completed
The similarity between this novel and "To be a virtuous wife" is stunning. Anyone who enjoys TBAVW would absolutely enjoy this one. Contrary to the translator, despite reading TBAVW first, I actually like this novel a bit more hehe. As a side note, I don't think the English title for the novel is quite correct. 八宝妆 Isn't referring to a trousseau. This really supposed to be something like "The eight treasure dowry".

Spoiler

This isn't up in the story until the second last chapter, when she presents it to the male lead. It has a specific meaning within the story for the protagonist and represents the central theme of the story. However, you are not told of it until you finish reading the story basically. This is no impact on the story itself.

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For those who are not familiar with TBAVW. This novel is a Chinese historical political drama with royalties contending for the crown. The plots and schemes within this story tenders to be more realistic than some of it's novel counterparts. Readers are expected to enjoy the characters and their roles in a particular troubled and contentious time within the universe, rather than be in awe at the greatness and brilliance of the protagonists and their abilities.
Spoiler

The Transmigration (more so reincarnation) in this story is mainly used to explain the protagonist's personality and ideals which doesn't not conform to the moral and ethics within the novel universe, while playing no other roles.

The protagonist in this story is one of the more unique one that I've read. She's basically my hero, with her attitude and choice of lifestyle. Definitely the best part of the novel itself. Being able to live the lifestyle that she wants, while showing occasional brilliance when needed to stay safe and protect the ones she cares about.

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The story is very very well written, with great pacing, foreshadowing, descriptive language, and a great cast of characters with interesting personality. This is one of the very few novels that I would expect almost all readers to enjoy. Absolutely give this a shot if you have the time.
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Mikleo
Mikleo
May 20, 2017
Status: --
Normally, I'm pretty lenient when giving out ratings and reviews.

However, I just find this novel to be pretty Boring. Yes, Boring.

It seems that majority of the reviewers here gave out reviews and ratings because this is a 'TBAVW 2.0' as they like to say, but really, with the current pace, I had a hard time liking this novel.

I read plenty of novels, whether it be Chinese, Korean, Japanese and others. I also don't categorize the word 'Boring' because of this novel's lack of action. I find it Boring because hell,... more>> there is mostly nothing happening in the 'Dialogue' department. The Author just like to explain things and write 'This Happened', 'That Happened', and then the Dialogues were even cut short. Another thing was, there is almost No Hype at all.

I guess I would've liked this novel if I didn't read novels like Chu Wang Fei, or maybe even Demon Wang's Golden Favorite Fei. But ultimately, even though I love Lazy Main Characters (aka The Lazy King), I am quite disappointed that the story became dragging in the end.

There is Almost No Chemistry with the Female MC and the Male Lead. It's like, ok, they kissed, and yeah, they had sex. But there is often a dead air when those two get together.

I don't know if it's the Translator's fault that the 'original' feeling that the Author wanted to portray to readers was Dampened severely... or this was just the way the Author intentionally wrote it. <<less
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Xing
Xing
Oct 22, 2016
Status: c3
As far as I know Dream of Jianghu always pick good quality novel n for this novel...

She pick a good one again ToT *all hail wyhcwe I luuubbhh uuu

The story written well and the pace just right--It's not draggy nor it's too fast.

The male lead is similar to "To Be a Virtuous Wife" male lead who respect his wang fei but... it's not revealed that much yet n the cliff atm (c3) really killing me ???
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Ruyi
Ruyi
Nov 08, 2016
Status: c6
I like this story, and I'm surprised by how calm the elements play out. I expected intrigue and backstabbing and plots, which seems typical of tales in this genre, but there's something very relaxing about this story and its MC so far. You get a sense that she and her husband are capable, calm people with common sense who are equipped to face any troubles befalling them in the future. It's almost... comforting, and a refreshing change from the constant Drama - Tension - Shock - Tension - DRAMA you... more>> see everywhere else. To be honest, I've yet to finish TBAVW so I can't speak on their similarities, but I like the refreshing twist on atmosphere in this one. Looking forward to future chapters! <<less
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Fathom
Fathom
May 31, 2017
Status: Completed
A bit on the dry side. Not so much for the plot, but because of the romance. There's plenty of political conspiracies, and social backstabbing play, but the romance was a bit lacking.

Female lead is a transmigrated soul who used to be an actor of all things in modern times. After transmigration, basically all she does is sleep and eat. Of course, she is so beautiful that it doesn't really matter that she has a sloth like personality. Throughout it all, the female lead is not only super smart, but... more>> she has uber martial skills. Most of which is barely used at all, as she prefers to just sleep and eat all day. It's a different change in pace from the usual OP female leads in other novels. However, her lazy personality makes the story drag because she has absolutely no interest in any of the events around or what her husband is doing. Not only that, she basically doesn't even show much emotion towards her own husband.

Perhaps, the story would have benefited with another narrator, but the lack of interest in the machinations of politics causes me as reader to also feel ambivalent about the story plot or any other character as well.

It isn't until maybe around the last chapters that the female starts to believe in love, but really it was just practically in a summary at the end.

If you like "To be a Virtuous Wife" you may like this, but TBAVW is far much better because there is more emotional input and more in-depth conspiracy play. <<less
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KKristen
KKristen
Feb 23, 2017
Status: c107
As most people have said, this story has some similarities to To Be A Virtuous Wife:
- The premise is similar: a woman from the modern entertainment industry is reincarnated in the body of a new wife in a country similar to Ancient China.
- The tone and pacing are similar since it is the same author and translators.

However, there are some noticeable differences so far:
- The main character's personality is far more casual and laid-back than in TBAVW. She's lazy, less firey, and also is an extremely rare... more>> "calamitous beauty."
- This story is already beginning to be darker and bloodier than the previous one. Nothing too extreme yet, but I can predict it coming...

I'll post a more full review later, but for now here's what you really need to know:
- You can enjoy this series without reading TBAVW first. However, I would recommend starting with that, since it's already complete and this one has just started.
- The translation quality of Dreams of Jianghu is great as usual. However, as usual, there's a lot of Chinese vocabulary used in the beginning that can make it a challenging read for readers new to this sort of Chinese light novel.
- Overall, this series looks promising and isn't a clone of TBAVW (yet). Give it a try if you like stories focused on female main characters in the fu and imperial court.

Update:

Much like the characters themselves, this story slowly grows on you. The intelligent main couple are a breath of fresh air, and it's great watching their unspoken understanding and growing trust in each other. This novel's ending does not disappoint. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a realistic, subtly endearing, sometimes mellow, sometimes exciting, historical drama. <<less
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fan63
fan63
Nov 29, 2017
Status: c101
This novel demonstrates that truth may be hidden in plain sight. No one is what they portray themselves to be. Look for the alternatives in all situations. The story is centered around two people who are polar opposites. Who are forced into a marriage that neither wanted, but, accepted it. And agreed to work to live peaceably. They are attractive and physically indulgent of one another. He is a scholar with an outwardly docile appearance. In reality he is truely brilliant and masterfully vicious. She is a beauty with out... more>> rival concerned with her own leisure and dining. Under all this she too is skillful in reading personalities and actions of others. She has excellent martial art skills which she keeps hidden. Hah! Until she really needs them. This couple will support the other in all things. So there is no separating this couple. No matter what happens they are "one". Cast in ancient China this couple manuevers their way through the battle field of the royals of the Imperial Palace and it's relative Wangfus.. They are envied and feared by most because they move as a forged unit which is inpenetrable. This novel gives a snapshot of life with the royals. You see how a misplaced word may lead to death or a surprise alliance. You see how love is always sought after, but, rarely obtained because position is more relevant to your needs. Read this novel for the adventure of a life time in one short book. Follow the grandeur of life in and near the palace. It is not at all what it seems to be. <<less
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pinkumilkuu
pinkumilkuu
Oct 17, 2019
Status: Completed
A very underwhelming read. I had high expectations as ratings were high and the plot seemed really good unfortunately, it failed me. I felt like I read a really long summary of a novel. This is NOT the translators fault, it really was how the story was told by the author. The story lacks clarity, everything was semi-vague. Our couple is harmonious but that was it. Both "understands" each other but they didn't really talk abt certain matters that needs to be addressed. If you're bored then read this. If... more>> not, go check other novels. <<less
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dysry
dysry
Nov 01, 2016
Status: c20
Written by the same author as TBAVW, it's easy to get your hopes up for ETT. And if you liked TBAVW, you'll like this - only not as much. Generally speaking, ETT is a dumbed down, in your face version of TBAVW, with maybe half the charm. The female lead is beautiful and whimsical, while the male lead is cunning but devoted to his wife, and the two navigate through the political landscape with ease. In terms of background, the female lead has it a lot easier (so it was... more>> a little forced to give her the exact same views and doubts as Qu Qing Ju), but her husband's position is less stable, allowing for more cloak and daggers. Overall, the author has decided to play it safe and stick with what she knows, so ETT doesn't really bring anything new to the table - to the point that barely anyone can review this without mentioning TBAVW. Hopefully it will develop into a story in it's own right, but right now it's exactly what it's described as - TBAVW 2.0. In terms of translations, it's easier to follow since I've already read TBAVW, but for someone just starting out, it'll be very confusing and take a lot of patience. 3.5/5 <<less
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Elementarteilchen
Elementartei
Aug 03, 2019
Status: --
BEFORE YOU READ:

You better open the glossary first and start to learn all the chinese terms in this novel. Otherwise it could be really confusing on what is going on.

I'm also not talking about simple terms like "meimei" and "daren" etc.

I read a lot of chinese novels, therefore I know a lot of terms, but this here is on a whole new level. There are new terms everywhere and you need to know them all to be not utterly lost and confused about the relationships and what is going on... more>> here.

I also had to reread some sentences and think about who is related to whom and about some meanings. So, this novel isn't something you just start and enjoy reading it.

YOU HAVE TO INVEST TIME. I dropped this sometime, because it is really hard to get into it. <<less
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MisheruBookish
MisheruBooki
Jan 30, 2017
Status: completed
This is my favorite novel after To be a Virtuous wife. Dreams of Jianghu really knows how to pick treasures among those numerous novels. I read novels with almost/ the same genre and I still find the two novels (ETT, TBAVW) highly favorable with its stable flow of story and high quality of characters, plot and theme.

Spoiler

I really love that HXW is an intelligent woman whom one should not underestimate albeit that she always does not care about anything but eating and sleeping. She is from a loving family and does not have to fight concubines which is in contrast of TBAVW. Though It seems to be bit lacking with the ending (atleast for me), the story is still worth reading for.

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OHtheNovelty
OHtheNovelty
Dec 12, 2017
Status: Completed
Even though at times I didn't understand the implications each move a character made, this novel is very well thought-out in terms of characterization and in plot. If I had to describe one word for this novel, "complex" would be it. Nothing is simple, everyone has a hidden dagger hiding up their sleeves.

Overall a great read. Thank you translators for all your hard work and your blunt comments. They helped sometimes when I didn't understand what happened in chapters.
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New Moon
New Moon
Dec 07, 2017
Status: c104
One of best ancient china novel. I like how lazy clever kind and strong MC is. She is protected toward her family. She is my fav character. I like her and ML interact. They are prefect couple.

great unique story that hook you in. I love this novel very much. Worth to read this novel.
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Kardelune
Kardelune
Oct 20, 2020
Status: Completed
There is a lot of subtext to this story. The reader is expected to read between the lines a lot of the time. This story isn't amazing through it's plot, or characters (those don't defer much from the average historical asian story) but by the way it is written. And it is masterfully done.

The narration is in third person, but it's (mostly) not omniscient. A lot of the time it's a bit like watching the story from a camera above the FL's head (occasionally we get other people's pov but... more>> the MCs are always seen from the side, never from inside their heads). We are never told the thoughts in the characters heads unless they speak them out loud, we are never told the reasoning behind their actions, unless they explain them or until their actions bear consequences. It's a little hard to explain, some people might not like it because it makes the reader slightly removed from the action.

I've seen other reviews describe it as calm, boring, or lacking emotion, dampened, semi-vague... I get why they would feel that, but I disagree. This novel is an amazing demonstration of what "show don't tell" means. Every emotion is shown, the attachment between the two leads is there in the gestures they share, the small smiles they exchange. Their intentions and tension is hidden in the double meaning of their words, and in all the things they don't talk about. It's not dull, it's an HD photo. One so simple and well taken that it's hard to understand why it stands out without putting some thought into it. We can choose to figure it out or just accept that it does stand out.

We are spectators to the lives of these people, and we have to exercise our own insight to see through the words and actions of everyone. It's a little like the first three quarters of a detective story (Sherlock Holmes and the like), where we are given the events and hints that sometimes seem contradictory and we try to figure it out. Normally there's then a big reveal where the detective explains everything. We don't get that here.

The end result?

We KNOW that the FL is smart and cunning and vicious if she needs to be, but we never see her be anything but what most people in the story think she is: a beautiful, naive, lazy princess.

We KNOW that the ML is just as smart and cunning and vicious, and probably the greatest villain of the whole story, but he maintains the image of a righteous man who obtained his position and power through being in the right place and justly punishing the truly evil ones and finally reluctantly stepping up to do his duty to the people and the country.

We aren't fooled, and yet it's all hearsay, happenstance, and suspicion. We have no concrete proof of their true nature, just so much second hand evidence that we know what the hidden truth is. There is no detailed explanation, we will know everything that happened and yet we will not get a confirmation that we are right. The author simply trusts that the readers will understand. And I think that's beautiful. <<less
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hastingsj
hastingsj
Jan 20, 2020
Status: c42
I only made it to ch42 before skipping to the end, the reason being that it was very dry and each chapter had at most 2 interesting lines. I lost nothing and nothing unexpected occured.

the narrator is as lazy and aloof as the protagonist. instead of giving you any deep meaningful character interactions, this novel gives you a few lines of double talk and expects you to turn it into something deep yourself. Yes, you say the characters are deep, cautious, and not what they appear... can you show me... more>> any examples? bc you, the narrator, seem to be keeping all those scenes to yourself.

by ch 42 we have minimal indication that the male lead MAY have devoloped some feelings for his wife (the main character), but we know with certainty that the MC still either fully belives he is acting or just gives no shots (or both). It even seems at this point the male lead is getting a bit frustrated by her complete distain for living.

On the other hand, the MCs complete stone cold indifference to this abitious man is pretty unique in a genre full of empresses who went mad for love and were betrayed, only to need a second try to learn not to easily give their hearts away to ppl who will use it as a stepping stone. The fact that she gives him literaly NOTHING probably attributes to him not scrowing her over since her affection in any form probably becomes more vauluable the harder he has to work for it. Its just male lead neglect.

Spoiler

MC, your husband is murdering ppl and doing court intrigue, please care a little, the audience is bored.

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Cresentruby
Cresentruby
May 04, 2019
Status: --
I don't understand this novel. Too much holes unexplained.

The only scheme which I knew is the killing of young master Zhang. But how his body can thrown outside the city?

Too many unexplainable ?

I cannot feel any love from female lead as well. She is too lazy to show a bit affection?
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xchronicles
xchronicles
Sep 10, 2018
Status: c108
I don’t really get why most people would give 5 stars, at most this novel would be 4.

  • With all the building up chapters for the ML’s seize of throne, the ending seems a bit rushed.
  • The ‘schemings’ seems a joke for me. Full of plot holes and plot armor and pretty predictable.
  • Another love sick ML
  • Can’t help but compare it to TBVW and the latter’s more beautifully written and the character’s more alive.
  • One thing I like most in this novel is compared to other ancient times novel, this one has more sense and not so much face slapping
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MondSemmel
MondSemmel
Nov 06, 2017
Status: Completed
This is a great, slow-paced palace intrigue. The cast is comparatively small but very inter-connected, and no day goes by without plenty of scheming.

Hua Xi Wan, the protagonist, "actively tries to be passive", i.e. she's smart but lazy and wants nothing to do with the scheming, but of course things aren't that simple. In fact, it could be said that for most of the story, and with some notable exceptions, the protagonist is just an observer of all the scheming, and her strength lies in not being pulled in... until... more>> it invariably happens, from time to time. With that said, the story isn't told exclusively from her perspective, but devotes plenty of time to the other schemers (characters), as well.

The protagonist has an almost completely superfluous reincarnation background, but at least her modern values contrast nicely with her reality of being reborn as a noble lady in an ancient China with typical ancient hyper-patriarchical values (of the "men rule, women bear children" variety). Her background as an actress, at least, results in plenty of comedy when she repeatedly internally praises all the members of the nobility for acting outraged or distressed whenever something bad happens.

Overall, this is a slow-paced but intriguing story, with a heavy touch of romance. It's certainly action-light but scheming-heavy, so I recommend only reading this story if this genre focus sounds appealing to you.

EDIT: My initial review was up to chapter 89, whereas I've now finished the story. I enjoyed it overall, and it's brilliant in many ways, but the author had a *serious* case of tell-don't-show in the final arc - almost all of the final scheming and action happens entirely off-screen, and we as the readers just see the results. If the ending had been slightly less rushed (3-5 additional chapters would've been plenty!), this would've been an easy 5/5. Instead, I can still say that I enjoyed the ride, but the conclusion left me vaguely unsatisfied. <<less
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ljin75651
ljin75651
Jun 20, 2017
Status: c40
I really liked reading this so far, but probably not for the reasons I expected to. Usually when I read novels with transmigration and these types of court intrigue, I expect a really outgoing and determined lead. Definitely not what I got so far. Actually, the author seems to enjoy pointing out how lazy the MC is.

This story is so full of little details that you need to pay attention to, to understand the overarching events. In many cases, many of the starting appearances of affection that the ML has... more>> for the MC are pretty unclear. They can actually be identified as carefully calculated moves on the ML's part if the reader so chooses, rather than real affection. He is definitely a very good actor, ambitious and hiding a darker personality. So as someone who enjoys questioning and taking note of these little details, I had fun puzzling out the meanings for actions between the characters.

But as for those who gave lower ratings, I do also understand some of their POV. The MC is so easy-going and lazy that the story seems to drag on for those who came looking for the more generic ancient transmigration stories with bloody fights between princes and vicious women fighting over men. But in this case, the MC is well-protected and doesn't seem to be faced with any troubles that cannot be quickly overcome...

So my recommendation is to read this with an open mind, because it goes on more of an unexpected route than most other transmigration stories. <<less
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jkmessah
jkmessah
Oct 19, 2016
Status: c3
When the wonderful translators at Dreams of Jianghu said TBAVW 2.0, it really got me excited. The vibes that just the three chapters bring is quite impressive. It is definitely on par with TBAVW for now and the scenes are easily imagined. Once you're familiar with the terms, it's not that hard to get into. As another reviewer has mentioned, there has yet to be typical tropes common in historical, royalty romance such as scheming relatives, and horrible parents. Quite refreshing for now. I can't say too much within these... more>> 3 chapters but it's looking to be a fantastic read.

Translation is most definitely top notch and won't be a hindrance to reading and understanding the nuances. <<less
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