TWO BOYS IN LOVE, DIVINE & GHOSTLIKE

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
10 min readDec 10, 2023

MO XIANG TONG XIU — HEAVEN OFFICIAL’S BLESSING — VOLUME ONE — ENGLISH EDITION 2021

You should know first of all that the author is a woman, but I guess you do know this. You may read the book without taking this into account, but you would be surprised by some very unexpected elements. There are not many female characters and some of them are real monsters of authority, frustration, and compensation. And yet there is no sexism in this treatment. In fact, the female characters who are viciously aggressive are also victims or have been victims for a long time, and for them, it is only an eye for an eye. The fact that one of these female characters is the mistress, or master if you prefer, of very vicious and lethal snakes is typically compensation for a life of sexist frustration or even bullying. The snakes become penile compensations.

You might also be surprised by the particular relationship the two officially male characters Xie Lian and San Lang / Hua Cheng entertain. All the more surprised because they are described as being real beauties, and by beauty, I mean they have extremely fine quasi-feminine features without being women. The relationship is very intimate but not in any way described as physical. San Lang does not even want to be touched and the hand contact at the very end of this volume is so prudish that it is like going against some taboo.

ASIAN ROMEO & CHINESE MERCUTIO

Fans are considering, especially in the West I guess because in the West they consider such a male-to-male relationship as having to be separate, treated differently, and as some exclusive binary rapport between homo- and hetero-sexual relationships, considering I was saying this intimacy as being at least homo-erotic (think of Walt Whitman). The two men are considered by some readers as being gay, but without being gay skin to skin, body to body, just the reverse of an eye for an eye vengeful desire. This homo-anything obsession in the West sounds more like the projection of the frustrated desire of some readers instead of a real fact, or for women readers a sort of surrogate vision of what they would like two men to do in front of their eyes, but they dare not imagine in real and full intercourse activities. At the same time, we…

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP