This is a masterpiece of erotica, and an outstanding work of literature to boot. The prose style is refined and highly readable. The erotic episodes are described lyrically and without coarseness, which makes them all the more arousing. The rest of the book draws a fascinating picture of a Chinese society of a bygone age, in its refinement, cruelty, and corruption. There is great charm and truthfulness in the depiction of the characters who appear in the story, and there are many wise comments as the narrative unfolds. There is a moral ending, in that His Men comes to a bad end through unbridled excess. As a bonus, there are three short but valuable essays on erotica, pornography, and censhorship All in all, this is indispensable for those who enjoy erotica, and are broadminded enough to understand its essential role in a fully rounded life.