Sea of Flowers 月都花落，沧海花开
by Jun Zi Yi Ze 君子以泽
I first read this book about a year ago, and some months ago, I thought about it enough to read it again which is extremely rare for me (even for English books, which take me no time at all to reread). Sea of Flowers left a deep impression on me, not because of either of the male leads, but because of the female lead. This story takes us through over two hundred years of her life, and the roles that the male lead and the second male lead played in her life. The way that she grew up and changed really stuck with me, and although the ending is sad, I found it particularly poignant.
This story is about Luo Wei, a princess of an island called Suzhao and a water spirit. The male lead is Yinze, a powerful water god. The second male lead is Fu Chenzhi, Luo Wei’s adoptive brother. After Luo Wei is forced to flee from her home, she becomes Yinze’s student, and it all spirals from there.
I’ll be translating from the Chinese published edition which means longer chapters (but also a longer wait in-between). I’m not fluent in Chinese, and this novel draws from the mythology of the Classic of Mountain and Sea, which I am also not familiar with, so there may be mistakes and misinterpretations.
Prologue: The Moonlit First Meeting
Three hundred and thirteen years later, in my dreams I once more returned to my childhood, to a night when the sea was frozen.
That was also the night that I first met that person.
During the pearl-diving day which happened only once a year, I was fiercely competing with my elder brother. I dived straight into the water, but fate was unfavorable, and a tsunami appeared. A huge whirlpool appeared nearby, and in the center where the water parted, there appeared the gaping blood-red mouth of a monster, as large as the whirlpool below. I couldn’t help but cry out in fear, wanting to escape, but the monster suddenly surged upwards, and caught me in its talons. It was 4 zhang* tall, a criss-cross of green and black, golden eyes like fires, scales like silk brocade. It was easy to tell that this was a legendary coiled dragon.Read More »