Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Volume I

Book - 2002
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This epic saga of brotherhood and rivalry, of loyalty and treachery, of victory and death forms part of the indelible core of classical Chinese culture and continues to fascinate modern-day readers.

In 220 EC, the 400-year-old rule of the mighty Han dynasty came to an end and three kingdoms contested for control of China. Liu Pei, the legitimate heir to the Han throne, elects to fight for his birthright and enlists the aid of his sworn brothers, the impulsive giant Chang Fei and the invincible knight Kuan Yu. The brave band faces a formidable array of enemies, foremost among them the treacherous and bloodthirsty Ts'ao Ts'ao. The bold struggle of the three heroes seems doomed until the reclusive wizard Chuko Liang offers his counsel, and the tide begins to turn.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms is China's oldest novel and the first of a great tradition of historical fiction. Believed to have been compiled by the play-wright Lo Kuan-chung in the late fourteenth century, it is indebted to the great San-kuo chi (Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms) completed by the historian Ch'en Shou just before his death in 297 CE. The novel first appeared in print in 1522. This edition, translated in the mid-1920s by C. H. Brewitt-Taylor, is based on a shortened and simplified version which appeared in the 1670s. An Introduction to this reprint by Robert E. Hegel, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at Washington University, provides an insightful commentary on the historical background to the novel, its literary origins and its main characters.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Tuttle Pub., 2002.
ISBN: 9780804834674
Characteristics: xvi, 690 p. ;,21 cm.


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Nov 29, 2013

I sincerely recommend playing through a few iterations of the Dynasty Warriors franchise before attempting this...much easier to keep the characters straight when you can mentally sort them by what ridiculously huge weapons they dual-wield ;)

Otherwise, the similar-sounding, unfamiliar (non-western) names will get in the way of the reader making sense of the narrative. Wait, was that Zhou You or Zhou Yun who rescued Liu Bei at the battle of Xian Dong? Liu Bei, that is, not to be confused with Liu Pei or Liu Pi, who are also main characters in the story....

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