Mulberry Song

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One leap from the city tower thus fulfills the Marquis of Chang Ye’s triumph in conquering the world, establishing a new era. Yet she only turns into a wisp of a lone soul, accompanying him day and night.

[Note that the title shares the same name as the female lead – Sang Ge 桑歌 meaning mulberry song ]
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Date Group Release
09/03/15 xia0xiao1mei c3-4
09/02/15 xia0xiao1mei c2
09/01/15 xia0xiao1mei c1
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Neneee
New Neneee
June 4, 2019
Status: Completed
i find that these short stories are actually the most touching ones.

The story is told from the FL‘s point of view who watches over her husband after sacrificing herself for him. At first she is rather clueless regarding how much he or she herself feels for the other. But the emotions from both sides were very heart breaking for me. The story reminded me of the novel „Unrepentant“ however the ending is very different.
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Ellie44
New Ellie44
May 25, 2019
Status: c4
This story is beautiful. Bitter yet sweet. Its very heart warmning and heart wrenching at the same time.
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
What if the deceased could see the mourning of her beloved? Told from the deceased perspective who watches over her husband; we get read the obsession and longing of the widower, the most powerful man of the land. A man who became emperor after the selfless sacrifice of the female protagonist, and yet remains a husband without his beloved wife. Unable to move on, grieving for his lateness in returning to save her, forever burdened by guilt and loss. A short bittersweet story.
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Sae
Sae rated it
October 22, 2016
Status: Completed
The type of story that's not one word wasted, the scenes, the characters and their feelings vividly depicted.

What had me the most however is not the beautiful, bittersweet love story, but the MC's personality.

She told the story in a nonchalant manner, sometimes included flashbacks, occasionally express her emotional takes on what she saw while being next to him, yet we can clearly see how deep the Emperor's love was. Not only so, through her matter-of-factly narration, it was her character that shined even more. Strong-willed yet tender and understanding, having... more>> to suffer severely yet never giving up, always patiently waiting but don't think of it as a big deal.

One of the best story I've read, and never have I seen such a cute, adoring and awe inspiring female lead. One of those that you wouldn't forget. <<less
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Liri
Liri rated it
September 5, 2016
Status: Completed
The story is beautiful. It is hard to describe the story of four chapters. It is basically about a wife, whose ghost is stuck and can only observe her husband, who feels guilty for her death and therefore lives the rest of his life in grief. So many stories are glorious, so many heroes are victorious. But this story shows the other side that is rarely explored. This story is not happy, it is not light. There is no way to survive it without shedding tears, but in a way,... more>> the ending lifts the heavy feeling a little. Therefore, it was totally worth it! <<less
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whosays25
whosays25
June 12, 2016
Status: c4
For me, this is the best chinese romance I've ever read. Every chapter made me cry hard, but, even though it only made me cry, I still love to reread this. I won't elaborate on this story's plot and whatnots. If you're looking for a romance that can really touch the heart then read this. Highly recommended to those with few bags of tissue. If you don't have tissue, it's still fine, just blow your nose on your shirts. XD Jk.
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
November 15, 2015
Status: --
If you need something to make you cry, this short story is a perfect choice.

The background of the story is not described well, perhaps because of the low chapter count, thus some holes left unfulfilled till the end. Nevertheless, it excellently portrays the unfortunate life that the main characters have to bear as the price of their ideals. For every future that a country has, there are people bearing the weight; for every ideal that someone want to fight, there are sacrifices that has to be paid. This is the... more>> reality, and Mulberry Song depicts this bitter reality like a poetic love story, albeit a sad one. <<less
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Bellaxys
Bellaxys rated it
February 1, 2018
Status: Completed
Simply beautifully done but painful.

Beautifully written short story, there is a part of me that wonders, if this was a full novel, how would it have turned out, would I hate and despise the ML? As we only see a short snippet into their marriage life, so brief that it makes you wonder endlessly, and that is witch it the beauty of this book, we shall forever wonder and be idealistic, constantly dreaming of how this would have become.
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MangoGuy
MangoGuy rated it
December 25, 2017
Status: --
4 chapters. That is how long this is. But the amount of feels that I had... And I am someone who doesn't really feel too much about written tragedy.

This is a hauntingly beautiful tragedy. I don't want to call it a love story, for this is not about how they fall in love, or how their love blossoms. This is about how a lover, who has lost his lover and only has her memories and guilt, survives. Survives, a life that he would much rather give up, but cannot for... more>> that would be disrespectful to the ultimate sacrifice that his other half had done.

THIS IS MANGO APPROVED.

I cannot tell you how good the writing is, to make me feel this much in just 4 short chapters. All I can say is, you will never be able to tell with clarity if you are happy or sad with the way the story goes... It just goes, and shows you what it means to truly lose a loved one, and what it means to be able to die with that longing.

I may not have cried, but the emotions are raw enough even for me. The ending... is bittersweet. The story, is tragic. <<less
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dysry
dysry rated it
March 8, 2016
Status: --
A man chasing his ambitions and the welfare of his country loses his wife in doing so. Filled with regret, he lives the rest of his life in loneliness while the ghost of his wife watches on. The story is simple but poignant, easily evoking emotions of bitterness and longing. While the length, language and amount of information gave the story depth without diluting the story with too much melodrama. Having read some of the author’s other works, often the experiences of the male leads living on without their love... more>> is glossed over, however unlike Seven Unfortunate Lives and San Sheng, the characters depicted here are mortal, and life and death are permanent. <<less
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clowred
clowred rated it
October 16, 2018
Status: c4
A man's anger burns the whole world to the ground and his sadness freezes everything inside. Having everything yet losing the most important in the process of obtaining it means not success but failure. In a bittersweet turn of events, only at the end of their path they could be truly happy. I sincerely recommend this story for everyone, no matter the age or education. Meditate and try to see what little gift could this story give you.
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whatdoyoumeanihavehpv
whatdoyoumeanihavehpv rated it
June 9, 2018
Status: --
It's very bittersweet. The story is very short and every single word of it is amazing. You can get a real sense of the male lead and the main character personalities through only 4 chapters. I almost wish there is a cliche reincarnation ending or something (or not since this ending is perfect) so the 2 characters can spend their lives happily together.
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hikaoru
hikaoru rated it
May 18, 2018
Status: c4
this the best bitter-sweet tragic love story i've ever read.

but the best thing he did for her is he didn't find a replacement just to have someone by his side. He spent his remaining years looking back on their memories. MC on the other hand, unconsciously, stayed true to her promise of waiting for him. Together, they are going to go to the netherworld.

just like the other tragic stories i've read, this displayed true love between two people who loved each other unconditionally.

back to the scene in the tower, I... more>> expected that ML has some plans on rescuing her, though MC thought that he had come so far with his strife to power and she should not be his burden. She died while protecting her husband. On the other hand, if she persevere more or waited for him to rescue her, with a severed arm, she'll still die of blood loss. Either ways, she'll end up dead. <<less
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ViraVera
ViraVera rated it
March 24, 2018
Status: Completed
A short story about never getting over love, even after your love has died. The empress remains as a ghost and the emperor constantly thinks about her ... more>>
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until he is unable to function any longer and finally dies.

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It seems that this is considered a beautiful plot, but I think doing this to yourself is a horrible, self-inflicted torture. If there were ghosts, I think they would wish for their loved ones to move on with life and be as happy.

So whether or not you will enjoy this story is based entirely on your own view of the world, don't read this if you don't like the premise.... but it is unlikely I will be able to warn anyone before they read it. = ( <<less
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Naruin
Naruin rated it
October 24, 2017
Status: c4
One phrase: Half Olympic Pool🙈

One advise: Bring a bucket with you. Maybe tissue won't be enough.

This is a really good one!! Just short (honestly very thankful that it's short whew😅) but a very emotional novel that puts knives in your hearts... One step, you're already in 3 feet high pool of tears. The more you read the deeper the pool will be until you get completely submerged. Sigh.. Such bittersweet love..

This tells us how we shouldn't be tsun tsun and just straight out tell us how we feel... more>> especially to our fated ones coz we never know how the future moves. One time its on our side, the next sec its already against us. Also, its very ironic.. its coz of love that leads to self-sacrifice but that same self-sacrifice is what leaves the deepest scar coz of love.

Thanks Mulberry Song for forcing me to write my very first review. gimme back my hearto!!! T^T <<less
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maiha-sama
maiha-sama rated it
April 27, 2017
Status: Completed
This was really beautiful. Short, but the writing delivered the effect of seeing the main leads' feelings develop.

As you read, a melancholy spreads in your stomach and you feel the regret, longing and pain of the ML but its never overdone. It was just right. A few scenes were really beautiful - the river, the ray of sunlight bit, the feast. They were quite powerful in that they completely drove home what the ML's true feelings were... Only, it was too late. The finality really gets you.

As for Sang Ge,... more>> her reactions and thoughts though understated, added to the overall charm of the novel.

I really liked it. <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
February 16, 2017
Status: Completed
Short and bittersweet. I usually like to write detailed reviews, but the less you know about this story, the better.

It's only 4 chapters and from the point of view of a wife who dies for her husband, and the years she watches over him after her death.

The translation quality is excellent and captures the feeling and atmosphere of the story very well. If you have a half-hour to spare, I highly recommend reading it.
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Lost Panda
Lost Panda rated it
January 1, 2017
Status: --
😭😭 I cried so hard reading this. It's such a beautiful and bittersweet story. Highly recommended for anyone. I wished she was reincarnated or was somehow revived but it was still a great story.
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jkmessah
jkmessah rated it
September 15, 2016
Status: --
Absolutely a wonderful short story that tugs at your heartstrings. It's wonderfully written with a great translation as well. It's bittersweet, but it leaves a nice aftertaste. Definitely recommend!
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199sweetheart
199sweetheart rated it
June 29, 2016
Status: c4
This is a very good story, short and bittersweet one can't help the tears slowly falling down
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Demonic Reader lv 451F
Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
June 21, 2016
Status: --
One short story. Very shot story. It's best to be that short. Else someone's heart may be broken because it's full of emotions and thoughts..

Don't read it yet? You'll be regret.
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
So short yet beautiful. Definitely recommended if you love a good story or you need good series to wet your eyes.
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