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Stealing The Wind But Not The Moon

Title: Stealing The Wind But Not The Moon

 

Synopsis

 

 

In the spring of 1945, Shen Ruozhen, a patriotic banker, secretly sent out the last batch of anti-coins and closed Fuhua Bank.

 

However, during the safe transfer, his ship was shipwrecked.

 

As he lost consciousness, he thought he was going to die.

 

Later, he heard someone talking beside him, reciting a pair of elegiac couplets.

 

When he opened his eyes, he found himself lying in a 21st century advanced ward.

 

There was a handsome but indifferent stranger sitting by his bedside.

 

"Who are you?" Shen Ruozhen asked.

 

"Don't you remember me?" the stranger replied.

 

"I don't know you," Shen Ruozhen said.

 

"Chu Zhichen, it's no use pretending to have amnesia after such a big accident," the stranger said.

 

Shen Ruozhen was confused.

 

He had never heard of Chu Zhichen before.

 

But as he looked at the stranger's face, he felt a sense of familiarity.

 

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The phrase "偷风不偷月" is a Chinese idiom, and its literal translation to English is "Stealing the wind, but not the moon." This idiom is often used to describe someone who is content with small gains and is not greedy. It implies that a person is satisfied with obtaining just a small advantage or benefit, rather than trying to achieve something much greater.

 

The phrase also has a more negative connotation. It can be used to describe someone who is deceitful or manipulative.

 

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What I Think

 

 

This story is a masterpiece. It echoes the essence of a classic romance novel beautifully. It features two strong characters who are perfectly capable on their own but become even stronger when united. Their combined efforts help to bolster each other's weaknesses, leading to a relationship built on intense chemistry, mutual respect, and deep understanding. The romance evolves into a mature and balanced partnership, marked by devotion and appreciation for each other's work and values. While the ending is exceptionally sweet, a few more side stories would have been a welcome addition.

 

The narrative may not appeal to everyone due to its themes of nationalism. However, envisioning it as a story about a soldier from the thirteen American colonies traveling to the 1990s can help bridge understanding. The MC symbolizes the resilience and hope of someone who has endured war and uncertainty, only to find a brighter future than imagined.

 

What sets this novel apart is its unique approach to the transmigration genre. The protagonist grapples with the moral dilemma of assuming another's identity while striving to honor the original person's life by being the best son, brother, and supporter possible. This narrative offers rich themes for reflection: the common undervaluation of one's blessings, the impact of different environments on similar individuals, and the human tendency to ignore too-good-to-be-true scenarios, as demonstrated by the Chu family's denial.

 

The strategic mind games and power dynamics between the main characters, especially in the early stages, are compelling. As the story progresses and becomes smoother, I found myself missing the initial intrigue. The MC's impeccable morality, coupled with his pragmatic approach, avoids the pitfall of becoming a clichéd hero. The ML, while capitalistic and revenge-driven, also reveals a loyal and loving side. This blend of tension, mystery, drama, and sweet romance makes for an exceptionally enjoyable read.

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