Lao She's depiction of the rickshaw puller Hsiang Tzu is a study in social misery complied by an acute critic and keen observer. His character portraits are memorable; his crowd scenes are masterful; his comprehension of human motives is always profound and often unsettling.
It may be said, in all fairness, that Lao She wrote eloquently rather than elegantly. his language is the language of the streets; brusque, energetic, never dull. His dialect is that of Peking, famous for its sparkle and colorful idiom. This new translation, which omits nothing and alters nothing, serves not only the orientalist but all who esteem good writing.