Epiphanies of Rebirth

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Some people begin their lives with the odds in their favor but still end up failing miserably.

Lin Jingzhe, having suffered many losses and setbacks, returned to his eighteen-year-old self just before failing his college entrance exam.

Business opportunities were everywhere in the early 1990s when the Chinese economy started taking off.

Now, this golden age would be his.

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The Enlightenment of Rebirth
重生之豁然
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BluShroom14
New BluShroom14
May 15, 2024
Status: Completed
This series was surprisingly enjoyable! I thought I wouldn’t be too interested in this cause there was nothing supernatural or fantasy other than the rebirth but I loved this!

The familial relationships in this was wonderful and full of love (Grandma Xiao was adorable and definitely my favorite!🤣).

The only thing that bothered me was the lack of the communication in the beginning of the MC and MLS relationship and the weird sticky attitude of the sisters.
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Eques
Eques rated it
April 19, 2019
Status: Completed
Translator here~

This isn't really a review because I'm bad at reviews, I simply want to tell you why I chose to translate this novel. There are three reasons:

  1. The MC. Ludagad pretty much described him in their review - he's calm, smart, and cares about people close to him. He's not some naive little bunny taken care of by the overbearing president, like in many Chinese BL novels.
  2. The romance. Now, I'm not going to disclose too much, just let me repeat myself: not bunny x overbearing president.
  3. The setting. The atmosphere of dynamic changes that happened in China in the early nineties is not only fascinating (to me at least) but it fits this rags-to-riches story to a T. And this is rags-to-riches story.
As for the economic aspect and talking business...... more>> This more or less depends on my translating abilities - and you can always skip those parts.

Epiphanies of Rebirth is an enjoyable if slow-moving novel. If you like these, do give it a try. <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: Completed
Is this... the meaning of gap moe?! (⑅ ॣ•͈૦•͈ ॣ) !?

I'll explain.

The setting is in the 90s right when China's development began to really explode and enter the global economy as a competitive giant. While I'm no historian of Chinese economy, the story's portrayal of China's economic development (from the opening of Shenzhen's stock exchange to the exponential growth of the housing market, esp in big cities like Beijing) felt very well researched and exciting.

There are a smattering of dark moments with a bit of old-school brutality and cruelty,... more>> which really add flavor to those times of rapid industrialization, where regulation is just playing a catch-up game to the incredible pace of expansion of domestic markets.

But that's not where it gets good.

In between the feeling of glancing through the looking glass at a real piece of China's development history, you have crazy (impossibly) hilarious antics performed by the main cast. There are moments so ridiculous that they give the story an exaggerated comedic feeling.

Is this a realistic portrayal of China's party politics, or the complex social hierarchy of those deeply interconnected wealthy and powerful families?

No.

But is this crazily entertaining, puking rainbows n' glitter fantastical version of it?

Yes.

There's no angst to be had, everyone lives happily ever after, from rags-to-riches (not just the MC, but EVERYONE), but the story is well-crafted, details well-fleshed-out, with enough tension to make you keep turning the page (not to mention those humorous boardroom negotations). There's hardly any toxic masculinity AND a bunch of strong, well-fleshed out, unexpected female characters.

I admit that I'm a bit of an econ-buff, but this story is hardly just for people like me!

Spoiler

Don't worry, there are ridiculous amounts of tooth-rotting fluff and absolutely ridiculous cluelessness from the MC. I like that there was no especially "gay-panic" moment from anyone, and the story had an interesting mix of realistic and fantasy approach to the "coming-out" parts.

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Really great translators, I recommend!

P.S.

Spoiler

Some people might think the MC starts out very unrealistically and is easily able to swindle "experienced" businessmen to his side, but I thought it was actually very realistic and bold of the author to write. The MC is reborn; I have no doubt an MC with insider knowledge way beyond his age can bluff his way into financial success.

This sh*t has 100% happened before in real life (see Catch Me if You Can).

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ludagad
ludagad rated it
April 8, 2019
Status: --
I've already read this, so I can say with confidence that it's a very enjoyable read. It's the type of novel you can read when you want to relax and don't feel like tragedies or drama or endless brainless villains who only raise your blood pressure. There's no blood pressure raising here.

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Spoiler

The MC in his original life was taken advantage of right after he lost his closest relative, and that spiraled into him losing direction in life and losing opportunities. He wasn't a loser though, so he picked himself up and found a job and constantly improved himself. But he never quite felt like he had fulfilled his potential. In his second chance at life, his mind is already mature and his choices come from hindsight, so he quickly betters his situation. The MC is smart and collected, not bent on revenge. He wants to help his friends as well. Altogether a very likable character.

The ML is interesting and quirky. He gives the impression of the typical cold and expressionless guy, but his inner world is a complete riot. So it's fun when he's in the scene. The relationship is pretty wholesome as well, certainly no complaints there.

The story is concentrated around the MC building up his business empire along the ML. The romantic subplot is also well-developed. It kinda slows down near the end of the novel and you're served abundant dog food (lots of displays of love), but I enjoyed it and needed it to relieve my stress.

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Vnthaxx
Vnthaxx rated it
February 11, 2021
Status: c38
Everything about this novel is beautiful, the plot is good, the characters is good, the translation is also good, but the update schedule is shit. There's only 90+ chapters but the update is taking is so long to finish it. I know that the translator doesn't prioritize translating and she's doing this for free but let other take this novel and maybe we'll get a regular updates. I'll drop this first and maybe read this again after 2 years maybe in that time the translation is already finished 🙄

Edit: I... more>> posted this comment 2 years ago, feb. 11, 2021 and today is February 25, 2023. And look, after 2 years it's not finished yet! But there's a good news! Someone picked up to translate this novel! I really hope the new translator won't let us wait for 6 months or a year just to post a mew chapter haha. But anyways, thank you so much for picking this novel to translate!! &Lt;3 <<less
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Anita77
Anita77
March 7, 2021
Status: c38 part2
Everything is great. I was really invested in reading this through but the update schedule is just soooo off.

Please translator Sama take a long rest and let others translate this. If you feel burdened and not enjoying translating you dont have to make yourself. Please let others pick this.

Thank you for your efforts.

I'm gonna drop for 6 months and check again. Until then I hope this novel gets somewhere.
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Geroker
Geroker rated it
June 18, 2020
Status: c34
A fun power fantasy about using one-time time travel to make lots and lots of money. Like, if you've ever wondered what you'd do if you went back twenty years (buy lots of X company's stock, etc) then this is a fun read. The character is smart and there's various obstacles that he overcomes in interesting ways (nice plan buying lots of stock, where exactly are you getting the money for that, hm? Well, the MC has a well-constructed answer)

The romance is... Uh. Well, the romance is quite the... more>> change in tone from the business power fantasy. In business settings, the MC and ML are smart, cool-headed, strategic. Leave them alone in a room together and they literally start brainlessly tearing each other's clothing apart, not even in a lust way, just in a super intense one-upping each other fighting kind of way. It's definitely A Dynamic. I'm torn between whether I'm amused by the total mismatch in tone or whether the whiplash is annoying. It's like reading two separate books in the same novel. <<less
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Kiriyakl
Kiriyakl rated it
March 26, 2021
Status: c38
Really love this novel. Everything is good. I love how the MC started to live, how He made money and specially how MC and ML developed their relationships. BUT it's too slow with updating. I don't know what is the translators plan. Maybe she is busy or something. So I decide to drop this novel for now. Maybe there are others who want to translate this good novel.
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Xiu_er
Xiu_er rated it
May 9, 2021
Status: Completed
It's been a while since I have read a novel and thought that I genuinely liked it. The plot was good, very slice of life, but not boring at all. But the highlight for me were the characters.

There were so many distinct and memorable characters. You have a fierce-looking crybaby paper tiger, a chocolate addicted grandma with clairvoyance, doting childhood friends and a whole family of stone-faced mask-wearers. There are also other interesting characters.

I especially liked Qi Kai... Boy, it's been ages since I have read about such a likeable... more>> antagonist. His character development stood out the most to me. He went from lawless second generation to a perfect depiction of the eunuch in the Chinese idiom "The emperor doesn't worry; the eunuch worries to death" and finally a repentant man with lots of baggage and lots of regrets but who hasn't given up on life despite losing everything.

The main leads were also pretty interesting, the ML more so than the MC. That doesn't make the MC boring though. Lin Jingzhe is just your regular guy who was reborn and did away with all the regrets of his past life. The knowledge of his past life is, of course, his golden finger.

As for Xiao Chi (ML), he is not a scumbag gong. That's good, right? And not generic either. Sure, he is OP af, but his EQ and communication skills are rather lackluster and he is unexpectedly childish which leads to some funny incidences like the ambiguous time of start of the relationship between the MC and ML.

Spoiler

It's the first time I see someone thinking that catching someone with prayer beads lasso style would be seen as an appropriate confirmation of a relationship.

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Another thing that I liked is the contrast the sibling relationships between the main lead and their sisters. On one side you have the ideal doting brother and spoilt sister and on the other side you have the constantly bickering siblings that love each other despite all the jabs they throw at each other.

The only small complaint I have might just be a MTL problem. I was confused about how much time had passed in the extras.

Either way, I really liked reading this. It's perfect for a more mature yet still rotten audience. 10/10 would recommend. <<less
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miumirae
miumirae rated it
April 19, 2021
Status: c70
this is too good. I really love how MC deals with things. And the cast are also really memorable, not just bland and only one-time characters. I got this rare feeling of realism and nostalgia from this novel. ML also quite funny and loveble. I read this on MTL (Quite readable for some who want to read on MTL)

One thing tho, The translation quality is very very good, but the update is very slow. I understand the translator have busy schedule with life and other novel translation. Maybe let... more>> other translator take on this novel? This is just my suggestion. <<less
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joun
joun rated it
September 6, 2019
Status: Completed
I have to say : it was a great great read. I am already missing it !

I was surprised by how amusing the characters and situations were !

Besides the first chapters (looked like a lot like "Rebirth Junior High School: The Excelling Top Student Goddess" with the school's issues and how it was resolved) and the MC's villain maternal family, the others "villains" wasn't as scary as in the others rebirth 'full of cliché" novels (my favorite villain is just s*upid cute sometimes as a lot of the characters). They... more>> weren't villains at all, just a little antagonist. It felt real.

It was nice, warm and the ML was just a treat ! So candid !

It's a must read ! And the yaoi classified scene were really good ! Thanks to the author for being so generous. At first, the novel didn't really gave me the feeling that the yaoi will be more that the following sentence "the next day....". Very well writed. It was a novel of quality for the solid story (background very interesting, I love theses years of growth technology and lifestyle), the friends, the families, etc...

It was a perfect ride for me. Wish the same for you.

ps: forgot to mention the MC. You will love him. <<less
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hy-d-ra
hy-d-ra rated it
May 3, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel deserves all the praise and high rate it gets. It follows a pretty upbeat rythm of storytelling and each chapter is filled with vividness. Vivid characters and vivid drama.

I can't help, but praise the MC, he has a really strong personality, but it comes with a grain of salt, since you know he wasn't like this before and you believe in his character. He mercilessly reveals his faults as once naive kid who was easily swindled, because of who he was, though you can't really blame his past... more>> self, he was a good kid and deserved better, he just ended up in a den of wolves. And while he emraces his past self he goes through changes, in life and within his family. Now having a chance to fix many things he regretted. It has more down to earth and realistic feel to it, without any beyond the sky swagging character whose skill defy gods. But also has good messages.

The number of character in here is plenty and almost everyone get their story and growth. I couldn't help, but feel emotional about them. My personal favorite is grandma Xiao, she's adorable. It's nicely interwoven with the Jingzhe's transformation and his re-evaluation of his life and actions. Starting from a riggid young man in a small city, who had enough bitterness deep inside his heart, he slowly transforms into more calm, accepting, loving and caring person. Second to him is our ML. It's funny how they started from the wrong foot, but later naturally fell for each other and their interactions and love are really sweet and fullfilling (and hot scenes are steaming).

The descriptions and events are really well-written imo. It balances the good piece of drama, tension and love. I hope more people will cast their glance at this novel and this author. It's the second novel I read from them, both involving rebirth, but I must say they are all well-written and well-built with enough feelings and morale. <<less
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CaptainxCres
CaptainxCres rated it
November 25, 2021
Status: c20+
The guy reborn with a bit money and scam his way to make more money with the golden finger aka knowledge about stock and future possibilities of prosperity of the country?

I like Lin JingZhe at first, you know he kind of calm and collected although they say he often lose temper but since he's a rebirth people I kind of expected more from him. He handle his first problem so well I don't understand how he clash with certain someone in bar's bathroom?

Ever since JingZhe step his foot in... more>> Shen city (?) I kind of tired already, I don't like the way he scam, I don't like how he responded to bathroom incident, I don't like the possibly ML, that dude tick me off the first time he makes his appearance 乁 (•_•) ㄏ

And when the friends become lackeys I kind of ಠಿ_ಠ

The business part bore me out real quick. It's proven true that this genre isn't my cup of tea ಥ╭╮ಥ <<less
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Pavetta
Pavetta rated it
July 31, 2019
Status: c8
I really like this story. There aren't that many chapters translated yet, but what I have seen so far impresses me. The story is well-written and the plot has me captivated. The translator is also doing a fantastic job.

It also helps that I studied Economy and Management at university, which means I'm eager to read about the concepts promised in future chapters.

I also cannot forget to mention the MC. I get tired of reading dense and weak protagonists, and this MC isn't either. He manages to deal with his problems... more>> realistically and without being OP. As for the dense part, he hasn't met the ML yet, so I am not sure how the romance will go.

I cannot wait to read more of this. <<less
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enaillig
enaillig rated it
December 6, 2020
Status: c26 part2
It's too boring for my taste. So far, in over 20+ chapters, the ML and MC only met once. That's understandable, because the focus of this novel is about business. I guess the romance comes second.

Though. I feel the ML and MC lack chemistry. Their first encounter was the typical, "You're drunk, I'm drunk, let's forget what happened." They were introduced as both calm and collected so I don't know why they would suddenly go at each other's throat when they meet. I guess it's what you call, "bringing the... more>> worst and best out of each other"? Anyway, I find it totally OOC. The first encounter should be what would make you enthralled with the main pairing yet I find it unappealing. The romance seems forced.

Another thing, I used to enjoy face slapping. But lately I'm not a fan of OP protagonists anymore, especially when the background characters are reduced to being outrageously s*upid just for the sake of emphasizing how 'exceptional' the MC is. We already know the MC is exceptional for having a golden finger, no need to reiterate over and over again during the course of the story.

The business/finance industry were described quite descriptively.

It's an okay read if you have nothing to do. Not something I'd marathon read though. Will pick again when I'm in the mood.

3/5. <<less
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cmd35
cmd35 rated it
August 3, 2020
Status: c35
It's chill but interesting. He has knowledge of the future but not so much that it makes him invincible. The pace is slow but it's partly because it doesn't just drop out the side characters and back story. It doesn't feel tedious and always feels like the story is progressing.

The early possessive actions of the ML are a bit cute because the MC is completely oblivious to their meaning. The reader just gets to think, 'oh ho, I see what you did there'.
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helpernon
helpernon rated it
September 21, 2019
Status: Completed
This story is so great that I actually MTL-ed it for myself all the way to the end for once, but still frantically click on the updated translations whenever they come up instead of having been satisfied having read it through the first time. The translator does a wonderful job with an equally wonderful story. The MC is refreshing and charming, a bit OP in his good judgement calls it seems at times like most rebirth protagonists, but he's just so capable and caring about the people around him that... more>> it's hard not to like him. ML is one of the less suffocating male leads I've read, which has been really nice since it's so easy to fall into the trap of a super dominant, super controlling golden spoon CEO-type you see in a lot of cliche stories. <<less
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auroraRMC
auroraRMC rated it
July 31, 2019
Status: Completed
Very happy that this novel is being translated! I MTL'd this one last year and have reread it a few times since then.

So there’s no virg*ns or weak romance here. The ML shows up early enough, and even though they get off to a bad start those problems are very gradually resolved. I admit getting a little annoyed with the MC’s lack of EQ, bc he’s basically closed off all of his emotions esp to love after his last life, so he kept on considering their relationship as friends with... more>> benefits. I was like wut. But the ML is adorable and super attached and he is eventually able to show his love to the MC and finally bring him around. And then it’s all sticky and lovey-dovey and amazing. I love dog food. They get together basically halfway into the story, so the later half is full of love and affection. The MC and ML are basically addicted to each other, and it’s amazing.

There isn’t too much drama here. The plot is basically MC and ML doing business and gradually quickly expanding. There’s people always trying to set up obstacles for them, but eventually some enemies are less enemy-like and some neutrals become worse enemies, so the relationship dynamics are pretty changeable. But yeah, the MC and ML are pretty OP, esp when they work together, plus a hilarious rumor that they’re always fighting when instead they’re actually lovers.

Took about 3 days to finish this one. Would recommend with absolute enthusiasm. The MC isn’t all that OP tbh, IQ or EQ-wise. He uses his connections and his friends’ abilities and his vague impressions of the future to succeed, which isn’t all that bad. Come for the BL, stay for the dog food. <<less
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apparentlyangel
apparentlyangel
February 2, 2024
Status: c23
Not rating yet because maybe I'm just impulsive and this book is actually really good.

Everything was fine until he entered Shen city. I believe the author forgot the temperaments of their characters for a second. Lin Jingzhe runs around scamming people, his friends are reduced to lackeys who don't question anything he is doing, following along like a hive mind, and all adults are s*upid and trying to impress this high schooler who is still wet behind the ears.

And, speaking of, they better tell us the age of Xiao Chi... more>> because last I checked, Zhou is older than Lin, but not yet twenty, so Lin is barely legal, but it's all 'fine' because this was back in the day and Lin is mentally 43! Haha... wait, that just makes it worse! He's an old man!

Anyways, who takes a client clubbing? Especially one who is considered elegant and subliminal? Tian Dahua treated him like a Lord before so why is he suddenly so comfortable around him, enough to get drunk enough to start touching up the hostess'? Are we really going to believe that a broker is that confident in not losing all client trust, just because he threw away 200, 000 yuan? Especially with a supposed Young Master that treats money like dirt beneath his feet? Come on, what?

And again about forgetting temperament, what's up with Lin Yingzhe getting into a fight with Xiao Chi?! Chalk it up to drunkenness, Lin Yingzhe is a barely legal high-schooler pretending to be a rich Young Master, what's he doing inciting the ill will of an actual rich Young Master? It was stated before that every step he makes has to be calculated, so his plans don't fall through! He literally hides his emotions in front of 500, 000 yuan specifically for this purpose! In that sense, (I can't believe I'm saying this) he's lucky he was just sexually assaulted! Imagine if Xiao Chi decided to pursue him passed this incident? He'd be outed, with 700, 000 dollars in debt! Or is his golden finger inhibiting the IQ of the pretty side characters, so he's confident?

Is he so confident in his golden finger that he changes his character sheet and starts a fight in the bathroom?! "He never backed away from a fight, let alone one he picked himself." Your mother!!! You only got into one fist fight so far and the only reason you won was because you smashed a beer bottle over his head %$#!&

And then after he just... submits?! He kisses back!!?? As soon as Xiao Chi was introduced I was certain he was the male lead, and with their initial interaction with each other, I figured the author would apply more tact with their relationship development. But within the same chapter they meet, they... make... out?!?!?!? You can't start a book that develops a reputation of dragging out chapters and arcs and jump the gun like that!!!

I really want to see Lin Jingzhe get rich and successful! But this progression has suddenly hit the fan!!! I'm so frustrated I'm writing this instead of sleeping because I am baffled!!!!!!!!!!

Dropping for now.... <<less
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readingnu
readingnu rated it
February 22, 2023
Status: c47p2
I am really enjoying this novel. I had not started it due to it being on hiatus but seeing it start up again I went for it. I am eagerly waiting for updates. It's a good read if you are looking for reincarnation, finance, nice plot, not weak MC, good ML, good thinking - smart/decisive MC, some steamy chapters, and good pace. Not the best reviewer, but the novel has a good vibe.
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PinkishThoughts
PinkishThoughts
March 25, 2022
Status: --
I have a question, I really hope someone will help me with it.
I really wanna read this novel. I tried reading from (Betwixted Butterfly) site. I thought that was the official translation site? I really wanted to read from a good official site, cause I hate bad translations. I just can’t.
So I tried reading the first ch, but it’s that I need some type of code/password?! I am so confused. I don’t know what they are referring to and so I don’t know exactly what it is that they want me to do. I can’t read minds.. How do they expect people to simply know what they a referring to?!??? Please can somebody help me out? I really wanna read this novel but they won’t let meee~😅😅
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