Four O’Clock Flower

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Life is mysterious. Even when the difference is as vast as that between the sky and the earth, a relationship can be formed and a love can come into existence.

University teacher x Hairdresser

Zheng Siqi x Qiao Fengtian

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Caomoli
Mirabilis Jalapa
草茉莉
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06/18/22 chai translations extra 1-3
06/18/22 chai translations c34
06/18/22 chai translations c33
06/18/22 chai translations c32 part2
06/18/22 chai translations c32 part1
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06/17/22 chai translations c31 part1
06/12/22 chai translations c30 part2
06/12/22 chai translations c30 part1
06/11/22 chai translations c29 part2
06/11/22 chai translations c29 part1
06/11/22 chai translations c28
06/10/22 chai translations c27
06/06/22 chai translations c26
06/06/22 chai translations c25 part2
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bhuntuk
New bhuntuk rated it
July 1, 2022
Status: --
Wonderful Translation. A beautiful novel that doesn't glorify gay relationships. It meets the trauma of upbringing and how it manifests in everyday life in minute forms head-on, threadbare with no attempts on romanticising - though ironically every character's dynamics with one another - be it mother-son, brothers, friends, main characters, children, even just two acquaintances - is just so romantic. It is a refreshing read.
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j7
New j7
July 1, 2022
Status: Completed
wow. This is officially my favourite danmei now. Such a shame not many people seem to know about it.

this love story is, unlike many others, realistic and tackles a lot of things gay people have to face in real life. Yet it is also extremely heart-warming, giving off a strong sense of hope.

all the characters are really well-written, their motivations understandable even if you don't agree with them. I especially loved the protagonist. He's badass when he needs to, he's kind always, he's down-to-earth. I also loved the he wasn't... more>> the only gay character in the story, and we can see various troubles the members of gay community have to face through the characters.

the love between the MC and ML is so, so sweet, yet the progression of their feelings felt very natural and realistic. I also loved the s*x scenes. They actually contributed to the development of the story and were really hot at the same time. The s*x scenes here were the definition of "smut with feelings". I loved how consensual they were, as well. Btw, the communication between the couple was always very clear and mature, without pointless dragged-out misunderstandings.

all in all, if you want to read a realistic, heart-warming danmei with well-written characters and mature romance, please please give this a read! I loved this danmei so much I was extremely disappointed when I found out this author has only this one novel 😔 <<less
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UsaYuki
UsaYuki rated it
March 24, 2022
Status: Completed
As another reviewer has written, I want what Zheng SiQi and Qiao Fengtian have. I have never been in love, but I hope that the love that I will experience, can be as strong as theirs. It’s really heartwarming. I love their little warm moments, their conversations, just... seeing them happy makes me happy ヽ (;▽;) ノ

Plot

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MC and ML meet while MC is chasing down a guy on University campus, to beat him up (it’s really reasonable, if I could, I’d do so as well.) Since ML was a University teacher, and saw this, he had to intervene. Afterwards, he drove to the hospital to visit the patient who was there bc of that guy. On the way, they had quite a deep talk ayeee (Before getting to know each other, when they meet, MC often asks questions... that you have to think quite deep about. Teacher Zheng... well I don’t know if his answers are right or wrong, but I agree to them, and the answer he gives, is just the right answer that MC needs.
MC, though strong, thick skinned and confident on the outside, also really... I think he looks down upon himself a lot. When he was 16, things happened, and he was “out of the closet” “forcefully” (so, he didn’t tell anyone, but was discovered by others) since MC lives in a small village, with ppl that despise others different from the norm, they’ve been raining down curses left and right, and really... cut MCs young and vulnerable heart deeply. Even his own mother has hit him, and cursed at him... aye I won’t talk too much about it, but really, it’s sad to think about.

So, Major Events in the novel

  • First, MC and ML meet and get to know each other, through coincidences ^^ also, MC gets to know MLs daughter~
  • MCs brother and nephew move to the city, where MC is, so that MCs nephew can go to primary school there (They don’t live with MC, have their own house). MCs brother works, so asks MC to pick up his nephew to eat lunch together. The nephew has a Deskmate with whom he shares the snacks, that MC made. Later, MC saw that the deskmate is MLs daughter, things happen and he takes her with him, and they’ve been eating lunch together. ML finds out, finds his daughter, they talk it out, and MC get to know each other more once again (closer) :)
  • Another major event. MCs brother has a heavy traffic accident, is hospitalized, and MCs bears all the burden... very heavy, especially since everything costs so so much. Ge had to sell his home for treatement, his mother also found out somehow (he didn’t tell them, since he didn’t want his old parents to worry). She came, they quarrel, etc etc.
  • An incident with his mother, that stuck in my mind, was that, after coming home, he found out that his room was cleaned. He looked into the drawer, and found that his stuff (lotion, “toys”) were gone. He asked her and she... well it was another cursing ah... it really hurt to read. And what MC thought... hurt even more. He thought, why, the “lustful and shameful things he did” (according to them) we’re only in his own room, within his own four walls. Why couldn’t he even be free in his own home (I can’t remember completely, and it was mtl, so I’m not 100% sure, but that’s how I understood it) and... he squatted outside, searching the tr*sh... It really hurt ah... and, yeah, why can’t he even do what he wants, in his own room. He didn’t let anyone know, he didn’t disturb anyone, why can’t he be free there...
  • Ok, so with ups and downs, they move MCs brother back to the village, and MCs mother will take care of him. She want to take the nephew back too (so that he’s not a burden for MC) but MC doesn’t want to agree, but also can’t say anything against her... long story short, ML helps with moving MCs brother back, and when MCs was gone, had a talk with MCs mother. She didn’t say anything afterwards, but basically reluctantly agreed to let the nephew go to school.
  • another major thing... ML CONFESSES! Bc of MCs insecurities etc. he runs away (ML understands) but does agree quite fast. I forgot what happened, but ML asks to live together, until MCs moves into the new house.
  • Another big hurdle was probably MLs family. He told his sister, who gave him a big slap. Later on, she didn’t agree, but also didn’t do anything to oppose. I guess, just accepts reluctantly. MLs father... well it was said that he found out later in the extras. He was... calmer than the sister :)

Yeah, many things happen, they have their ups and downs, so many things happened to MCs and he really didn’t deserve all that (nobody does) but, their love persevered and that’s great.

Little things that were stuck in my mind

  • MCs nephew once said: “Who Uncle likes, is none of our business” and yeah. Who someone likes, is really none of my business, nothing that anyone can judge or give comments to. It’s their business.
  • Quote from MLs letter to MC (no worries, nothing happened, he just wrote a letter haha)
    But if there is only one time, only you and me, no one is there, no one will criticize the rationality of our being together, no one will stand up to accuse you and me, what do you want to do when there is such a day? I want to brazenly hug you in the sun. Hold hands firmly, go to the mall, go to the cinema, go to the supermarket, go to the park, go to school.》 (mtl)

And I... it made me think, and feel... so emotional. The wishes that he had, to hug openly, and all that? It’s like we’re taking it for granted, that everyone can do so, but it’s just not true (you can, but then there will be judging eyes, ppl talking behind your back etc). It’s like, you can’t hug, hold hands (romantically or maybe as friends) in public, without other ppl having wild thoughts, judging what they see and all that. It’s sad, when thinking about it. Something so ordinary as giving a hug, can also be a lifelong dream, that others can only wish for. It’s saddening but also often reality.
Beim alive is already hard as it is, why make life difficult for others and yourself. I hope there will be a day, when everyone can accept others as they are, their hobbies and their preferences, the people and things they love (within moral boundaries) Live and let others live. I hope everyone can have a happy life

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I really, really, realllyyyy liked the way the author wrote! There are so many moments, in this novel, that really overwhelmed me, emotionally ah...

I really liked
Spoiler

how the author ended the main part of the novel. It was a letter written by ML to MC and... just think about it made me tear up. I admire their love, their strength, and hope they will forever and ever be happy together.
Another thing, was that the extras ended with MLs daughter winning an award in a „composition competition“, in which she wrote: „I am the most fortunate. It's me who has two dads I love the most. Bit by bit, bit by bit, very happy.“ (mtl, part of it) and yeah, I teared up again.

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And the translator did (and does) such an amazing job ahhh thank you for picking this up and translating this! It’s amazingggg <3 <<less
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Yukaa
Yukaa rated it
January 11, 2022
Status: --
Heartwarming, Pure Love, Innocent Love, Beautiful Relationship !! All moments of life is here 💟
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Yakinori
Yakinori rated it
June 27, 2022
Status: Completed
This is that kind of novel that makes you want to fall in love. The kind that makes you want to have what the characters have, specifically their love.

Their love progressed slowly but beautifully. It wasn't perfect but because it wasn't perfect that it made the strings of emotions in my brain more pronounced. I love how their love nourished their character growth and how their character growth nourished their love in return. I love that their love seems like it knows no limits and at the same time it... more>> also knows to draw clear and healthy boundaries.

The novel tackles lots of things — mainly toxic mindset passed generation to generation, parent-child relationship issues, h*mophobia, and etc. Some of the characters' words sound unpleasant and I think it's because we've heard it in real life. A lot of us read fiction to temporarily escape from reality. Speaking for myself, seeing something that somehow makes me remember ugly things irl just kinda make me feel an unpleasant feeling and also an undescribable sense of belonging.

The terrible things that the characters went through especially the protagonist and a side character always make me ask the heavens, "Why?". I admire the two of them a lot. They went through a lot and they're still able to be where they are at now. I, a person who easily crumbles even with the slightest poke of misfortune, could probably never. Although not totally, Qiao Fengtian embodied the person I aspire to be.

Anyway, my favorite extra is the last one. I found it kinda bittersweet and very that I was laughing and crying at the same while reading it. Also, I really love that there many citations of quotes from different books here. It's like the author giving recs of books every chaps lol.

I especially like novels where the antagonists and protagonists of the story are the characters themselves. It's wonderful.

Also, chai (the translator) really did a good job in translating this novel. The beauty and the soul of the novel remained despite using different wirtten symbols and words. I like this kind of tl so much. <<less
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Potatoteeth
Potatoteeth rated it
June 24, 2022
Status: Completed
It's not for nothing that this novel starts with a whole page of trigger warnings. Being Chinese, I find that the people of my culture tend to be much more afraid of abandonment than abuse, which allows elders to abuse as arrogantly as they want -- with their fists, with their words, with their silence, with every conceit and entitlement, because it is all that they know. And after the dust settles, the battered victim crawls up to the wretched old monsters who raised him, and pleads his guilt for... more>> having caused THEM harm.

The novel portrays all this with overwhelming density, so you absolutely must not read it if that is a trigger for you. Beyond that, the malice and filth and ignorance of humans forms a powerful backdrop to the fantasy of meeting a gentle friend, caring for two gloriously loving children, witnessing one's horrible elders grind their gears to just open their ears once, and having a happy ending amidst innumerable compromises, in persistence and hope.

This story is like a musk, an incense. It meanders and deepens. Not for people who want to relax. I got trapped by it and became useless until I finished it all the way through: it's heavy going but worth it for the view. 5 stars. <<less
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twobada
twobada
June 22, 2022
Status: --
At times, it felt too literary for my taste and I even skimmed several paragraphs because I couldn't really take the author waxing on about a character's life philosophy or whatever.

But it can't be denied that it was beautifully written. Their relationship is truly something to aspire to. It's definitely not fluffy and heart-tickling like other novels, but it had a mature, steady flowing sense to it. Like a timeless song from some forgotten year that always finds its way to the radio every year.

I also have to applaud the... more>> translator. I don't know the quality of the original work but I sure can tell that the translation truly brought up the level of reading experience. <<less
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achatea
achatea rated it
January 31, 2022
Status: c8
I want what ZSQ and QFT have!!! Such a lovely cp and the story is just so heartwarming and with a good pinch of angst to get your feels going. You can't help but root for QFT and also protect him.

The translator is doing such a good job and I'm eagerly waiting for the new updates (even though I've already mtl-ed the whole thing myself lol)
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comixmcj
comixmcj rated it
May 7, 2022
Status: c20 part3
This story is both bleak and sweet. Normally I wouldn't read this sort of story but I am glad I did. The translation is so good, really top notch and the story grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I can't wait to read the rest. Translator-san thank you so much for your hard work! Highly recommended
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moon-bunnies
moon-bunnies rated it
June 30, 2022
Status: Completed
Amazing translation work ahhh

This was a beautifully profound romance that depicted multiple facets of love. Romantic love, platonic love, familial love, you name it.

As charming as the relationship between Qian Fengtian & Zheng Siqi was, this novel wasn't an escapist piece where everything fell perfectly in place. QFT's turbulent relationship with his mother may not be easily understood by Western readers, but it was a heartbreakingly meticulous examination of Chinese motherhood. How could violence and venomous words be forgiven? Yet how could QFT forget a childhood that revolved around his... more>> beloved mother? QFT was an embodiment of sacrificing the self for the collective, as per Chinese values went. Imo, the key theme of this novel was the concept of tolerance. Rather than viewing discrimination as an inherent evil of the human mind, the story suggested that one's acceptance of foreignness is mostly dependent upon one's environment. Entrenched in tradition and outdated values, those in QFT's village simply didn't have the means to understand him. He Qian, QFT's foil, didn't even have the capacity to accept himself. The unbiased were far and few in between, which made me appreciate Donggua's character so much more.

I was also impressed at how the author depicted her main characters. From idealistic first impression to personal flaws hidden between the lines, our perception of QFT & ZSQ slowly changed as they revealed more of themselves.

If one thing though, the prose tended to run a bit long-winded. Though insightful, momentum got lost through paragraphs of contemplation on the human condition. There were also a ton of literary references, enough to make you think 'yep, I'm definitely not cultured enough'. <<less
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stpotato
stpotato rated it
June 30, 2022
Status: Completed
Realistic, heartwarming, tragic. Very well written and translated. Definitely a story that deserves to be read by more people.
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Ouryane00
Ouryane00 rated it
June 21, 2022
Status: Completed
It’s really beautiful.

A love that flowed naturally, there were times when I really got teary eyed because it touched me.

I love how they didn’t fall in love instantly but rather, they slowly integrated into each other’s lives and before they knew it, they needed and depended on each other already, they already fell so deeply ♥️
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