18 Cranes

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17th Century or Earlier

Robert Campbell

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In the late summer of 1630, 23-year old Li Bing writes the provincial level imperial examinations, the first step towards entering the Chinese civil service. He is tormented by a dream of 18 cranes, and as he awaits his exam results he seeks out insights from those around him to help him understand his dream. In the end, he learns more than he imagined.


Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

The lead character is just about to write the provincial civil service examinations, the outcome of which will determine his place in society and whether he gets to marry his childhood sweetheart, but he is perplexed by a recurring dream.


Hangzhou, China

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Li Bing

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Honorable, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Wang Xiaoyun

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Blunt, Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Grandfather Ai

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Honorable, Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Li Gong

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Educated, Honorable, Obedient, Strong Moral Code

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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