Monday, September 21, 2015

Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes All Thanks to a Moment of Impulse (一时冲动,七世不祥) by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang (九鷺非香)



Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes All Thanks to a Moment of Impulse by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang is one of the Chinese novels that I really like. I like how the story starts with the scene of the female lead Xiao Xiang Zi and the male lead Chu Kong try to kill each other off with their bare fists.

I like that instead of directly enamored with his good looks and heavenly air, the female lead finds his appearance and attitude offensive. I like how instead of meekly accepting his highhandedness she chooses to stand her ground and teaches him a lesson or two or three.

Xiao Xiang Zi – the lowly cloud fairy, whose ambition in life is to do nothing but enjoying her little nap works for the extremely stingy God of Moon. That is why she loves money.  It takes her forever to accumulate just a small amount enough to buy herself a fan.

For her money counts. It has a lot of sway in her decision making.

But her laziness and no ambition attitude disguise a temper, a sharp mind and an even sharper tongue which the Celestial God Chu Kong has the misfortune to learn firsthand.

Their fists fight has destroyed the red threads in the God of Moon’s temple, or that is what other people think. Those red threads are destinies that tie lovers together.

Since they destroy other people’s love lives they are being punished by the Jade Emperor to spend seven lifetimes as mortals who are tied together in a love fate.

Xiao Xiang Zi suffers the punishment in silence since she couldn’t tell the Jade Emperor that it was Yue Lao who messed all those threads when he was drunk and not their fight.

But she could no longer hold her temper when she hears Chu Kong asking the Jade Emperor to give her a heavier punishment and when she hears him telling the delicate Ying Shi that he’ll make her seven lifetimes hell before coming back to count the stars with her.

I love how Xiao Xiang Zi decides then and there that she will not let that happens. If someone is going to suffer for seven lifetimes that someone is not going to be her.

I love how she escapes the underworld to the mortal world for their first life time with her memory intact and a determination to making Chu Kong’s life hell.


I love how she plots to wrap Chu Kong around her little finger. And she does manage to make her little husband head over heel in love with her but on the other hand unknown to her she is also being wrapped around his little finger right from the moment he opened his eyes.

Not the one to take a beating kindly Chu Kong manages to keep his memory intact in their second life time and takes revenge on Xiao Xiang Zi for making his first life time hell.

Xiao Xiang Zi who is left behind was fuming with rage after Chu Kong forced her to drink Madam Meng’s soup of oblivion. Her rage is increasing by folds when she learns that in the mortal world she will be an idiot because she drinks too much of that oblivion soup.

Just imagining how Chu Kong will turn her life hell is enough to make her want to die or slave away in hell for eternity. She doesn’t even pay attention to Yanwang who tells her not to worry because although she will be an idiot, Chu Kong who has fallen in love with her won’t have an easy life either.

What does it matter if Chu Kong won’t have an easy life either? She will be the idiot who will be bullied and tortured by him day and night for a life time.

I really really love how this love story is being written. Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes Thanks All to a Moment of Impulse is such a delight. A rare treasure that I never thought exists in the land of Chinese novels.

Xiao Xiang Zi is such a darling. I love how she manages to make Chu Kong’s life hell by wrapping him around her little finger every single time even when she becomes an idiot who doesn’t even remember that she hates his guts.

I love how despite not knowing her true feelings for Chu Kong she willingly sacrifices her life for his sake. She always does her best to do what is best for him every life time.

It’s not love at first sight on the contrary it’s hate at the first sight/fight.

But I love how the strength of love is being shown by this couple during their love wars. I love how life and death or even memory lost have no effect in their love.

Their love grows from companionship, from growing together, from knowing how the other person feels about things, from understanding the other person characters.

Love is without a doubt the strength of this story but I need to mention that this novel is hilarious. You can’t help but fall in love with this feuding couple that make you cry and laugh at the same time.

Xiao Xiang Zi might turn into an idiot in her second life time. But this is where she has the most brilliant idea ever.

She needs a husband. Why? What for? To help her do all those chores that Chu Kong heaps on her idiotic head. She needs a husband so that she could have time to be her lazy self. She needs a husband who can do her chores and then give her all the money that she needs. I love her.

For the sake of those who don’t like spoilers suffice it so say that this novel totally worth your time. It’s hard not to fall in love with the couple or the story when they are being written this way.

Jiu Liu Fei Xiang is awesome!

ps.
Thanks a lot to the wonderful translator at rosyfantasy who shares this beautiful story with us. The beauty of this story could only be felt and savored because of your excellent translation. Thank you so much!
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