||Since their publication in Taiwan, “Wei-yang Ko”(Song Never to End), and “Jen-tzu”(the Human Child and Legend Stories) authored by Lu-ch’iao have not only had buoyant sales, but also long-term steady sales. It is especially so for “Wei-yang Ko”. By reading it, so many youths weave picturesque campus life. Although perceptual articles have often been released to comment on the two novels, there are very few academic critiques. As it is, this paper gathers the historic commentaries related to “Wei-yang Ko” and “Jen-tzu”, analyzes and investigates them. On one hand they are used as the basis for this paper to elucidate, on the other, they provide detailed data for other researchers to research on Lu-ch’iao’s works in the future. |
“Wei-yang Ko” and “Jen-tzu” have a large number of readers, but very few of them are aware Lu-ch’iao’s life. As is the case, the author makes reference to “Lu-ch’iao’s Song Never To End” authored by Ms. Pu Yue as the major source and divides Lu-ch’iao’s life into four stages, growth, school attendance, having a family and his old age. At the same time, Lu-ch’iao’s biographic accounts are depicted from four aspects, his emotions, life dedication, sentiment for farming life and writing concept, in attempt to provide a vivid image about Lu-ch’iao.
For “Wei-yang Ko”, this paper elucidates how it promotes the virtue of human nature and highlights the youth’s enthusiasm and expectations through the analyses made by four major personages, Bao-sheng Wu, Meng-qin Yu, Yan-mei Lin and Xiao-xian Tong along with the investigation on friendship, love, gender, and sentiment.
For “Jen-tzu”, while the thinking of Lao-tzu and Zhuang-tzu is the major basis for interpretation, the Confucianism is used in some sections to assist in interpretation. In addition, Buddhism, mythology/legends, psychological analysis, gender discourse and western philosophical thinking, etc, are also used to explore the implication of the 13 stories. In the end, they are integrated as the context of “a life course”, in the hope of presenting an intact writing structure to the readers.
As a whole, “Wei-yang Ko” uses the campus life in the university during the war of resistance against Japan as the background, in which the youth’s pursuit of virtue and optimism about their lives are well presented through the exploration of friendship depiction, love illustrations and campus spirits. For “Jen-tzu”, it recounts fable-like stories to imply common philosophy and provide thinking stimulant which are strong enough to trigger readers’ pondering and arguing temptation. If “Wei-yang Ko” is described as an uncut jade to represent Lu-ch’iao’s thinking in his youthhood, then “Jen-tzu” is like a sage to show Lu-ch’iao’s thinking brainchild resulting from his contemplation.