Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 1

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Vol 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

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, elecThis 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, pr

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 1

  1. Luo Guanzhong C.H. Brewitt-Taylor Robert E. Hegel says:
    Luo Ben c 1330 1400 , better known by his style name Luo Guanzhong Mandarin pronunciation lw kwant , was a Chinese writer who lived during the Yuan Dynasty He was also known by his pseudonym Huhai Sanren Chinese pinyin H h i S nr n literally Leisure Man of Lakes and Seas Luo was attributed with writing Romance of the Three Kingdoms and editing Water Margin, two of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

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  1. So the cut finger and the blood written decree are all forgotten, eh Gentle Reader, I implore you if you desire to read the Romance of the Three Kingdoms to please avoid the budget edition offered by Printed on demand, the edition is clumsily formatted and the type setting is clunky The paper is cheap There are but a handful of notes on a text detailing events which occurred in China some 1800 years ago How could anyone expect the text to be self understood Well, simply doesn t care They lead yo [...]

  2. I ve had this book for a couple of years I kept meaning to read it, but it never got far enough up my TBR stack.Until I saw Red Cliff Admittedly, the shortened international version.Man, that movie is great Go see it Now Strange how my top three movies are all international and not US made.The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a Chinese medieval saga or like a Viking saga, at least if I had to compare it to works in the West The style is very similar to all those Arthurian stories as well as the [...]

  3. Well, so much for that Quit reading about 2% in Couldn t get over how boring the prose was Maybe I m reading a bad translation Every single page went like this X was rebelling against Y So they fought And then Y retreated And X lopped his head off.Y wanted revenge on X and so he collected 500 men and hoofs and attacked X And so they fought And X lost and retreated.Very skimpy on details.Moral of the story Eunuchs are very hard to kill.

  4. This exciting new translation will appeal to modern readers who find the twists and turns of Game of Thrones so compelling I think I just died a little inside.

  5. Oh my god, this is THE best historical novel EVAR Don t be deceive by the title of the novel, this is not a story about some romance and love crap, it is a story about epic battles between the three kingdoms of ancient China Those battles are so epic to the point that it is like those three kingdom are performing a beautiful show with each other which probably explain somewhat about the title Romance of the Three Kingdoms One example battle was the famous Chi Bi battle otherwise known as Battle [...]

  6. Since some two centuries ago, there has been a Thai classic translation rendered from the Chinese classic San Kuo Chih Yen i in Thai first published by Dr Dan Beach Bradley s printing press in Siam in 1865 B.E 2408 enpedia wiki Dan_Bea thpedia wiki %E0%B9% and part of the story depicting Ts ao Ts ao s loss at a naval warfare in Thai was once assigned to lower secondary school students including me to read and study for the test and examination in the late 1950 s early 1960 s Later I read some st [...]

  7. In my opinion, to really enjoy this book, you need to know some personality about the main characters in it For those who played the game like myself , you will definitely get a feeling of the potential for each person in this novel and the choices they make e.g Liu Bei s decision to refuse to take over dying Liu Biao s throne because he got high charisma issues or Lu Bu s unstable loyalty and patience that proves his lack of intelligence Nonetheless, if you don t have a clue of any of the chara [...]

  8. THE CHINESE THREE MUSKETEERS FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR IN CHIEF The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong is one of the timeless Classics of World Literature and may be approached initially by thinking of it as a Chinese equivilant of the Three Musketeers saga of Alexandre Dumas When we think of Dumas classic we immediately call to mind from the book or film the immortal oath of brotherhood of D Artagnan, Por [...]

  9. Whew I finally finished it This book has 120 chapters, than 200 characters, and 300 place names, all in Chinese It s like reading the Iliad, Mallory s Le Morte d Arthur, and War and Peace all rolled into one and served with a Chinese sauce.The scope of this Chinese national epic is astonishing By three quarters of the way through, all but one of the main characters had died and the story followed their sons and grandsons The story follows 113 years of Chinese history from the decline of the Han [...]

  10. I haven t read all the books in the world, but I d still argue that this is probably the best novel ever written What it is, is a dramatisation of a relatively brief era in early Chinese dynastic history Since it is rooted in real life events and people, and also because of its epic scope, it definitely contains universal themes that are appreciable by everyone, regardless of age, culture, or time However, in order to appreciate it to its fullest extent, I think some background knowledge of Chin [...]

  11. Note While I am posting this under the first volume, this review really is about the whole of the novel First, I should point out that I am writing this review six months after finishing the novel and while I took some notes when reading it, details are starting to get a bit hazy and I apologise if what follows is even vague than usual As with the previous Great Chinese Classics, both date of composition and author of The Three Kingdoms also known as Romance of the Three Kingdoms are not known [...]

  12. It s hard to give commentary on a work deemed as classic and yet literary style quite foreign from western canon I wasn t a fan of the prose Any reader familiar of historical fiction will find the same things with this book it s difficult to judge its uniqueness for this literary piece is of age However, like all classics, this book welcomed me into Ancient Chinese culture, society and history despite its fictitious genre The human drama was nothing short of realistic and intriguing But to be ab [...]

  13. This story is just really difficult to read because the translation does not help the story flow naturally for English readers I struggled to maintain my interest in Lu Bei, Cao Cao, and others Honestly, these political rebel warlords are fascinating But the storytelling could be edited I know, I know It s a classic Chinese novel It s one of the four classics You can t alter a classic I hear you But you know, I picked up one of the manga series done about this story It wasn t terrible I didn t r [...]

  14. I tried and tried, but I gave up I can t remember that last time I gave up on a book, but this one did it I read about 230 pages, and I couldn t take it any And please understand I ve read than a few massive tomes, including Ulysses , plenty of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, and others which I ve loved to various degrees Even the ones I didn t necessarily enjoy still offered me enough to see them through to the end Romance of the Three Kingdoms couldn t I completely understand this novel s place in [...]

  15. Again, the trouble with British translators is that they use Cantonese spelling for everything, which really threw me off when I was trying to figure out what cities they were conquering or attacking and my mental map of China was totally thrown of kilter But with the help of google and a bit of translating king jing, etc , I was able to somewhat decipher the locations That aside, this was a better translation than Dream of the Red Chamber it flowed nicely and it was much enjoyable to read The [...]

  16. I won t make any friends among lovers of Chinese classics, but I couldn t get through this I acknowledge an incomplete read and a poor translation diminishes the cred of my review, but a good novel must have basic elements and readable prose, neither of which were present here.The characters were shallow, uni dimensional and card board They re either very good or very bad, sometimes they switch But there s little texture to them The plot repetitive, monotonous and tedious It came across as a bad [...]

  17. I would have to say that this is one of the greatest historical fiction books that I have ever read It not only focuses on amazing battles with honorable heroes but also on domestic issues such as court corruption and politics Although this is one of the few sources we have about China during the Three Kingdoms era, it is so descriptive and detailed that it provides so much detail I remember going to school everyday in China and listening not to music, but instead to a radio broadcaster reading [...]

  18. One time I decided that I would look into the story that inspired the Dynasty Warriors video games, which at the time I spent a significant amount of time playing I read an edition that was available entirely online and free, so I guess I might question the translation, but it was cool to immerse in a period of history that they don t exactly teach you about in your high school world history class Trying to write these thoughts five years later it s tough to describe what I liked about it It s n [...]

  19. I have heard this story from my parents countless times over the years and I have just realize that I have been playing a game called Dynasty Warriors, which is based off of this book Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol.1 I have looked around the internet and found out that this book is ancient There may be some fiction throughout this book, but it contains historical events that are somewhat real, just with a little drama in the book The book is very long, but enjoyable Things that I didn t like [...]

  20. Tough going Two stars for the ability to write an epic and translate it Lost stars for too many charecters where did you come from have you appeared before I ll try to remember you o dear you ve been killed off What other name do you have doesn t someone have same name as you and no who s who or map to help the reader Some touching interesting moments but lost in the monotonous battle after battle Who were these people I had been so excited to read about and get lost in their epic An epic to tra [...]

  21. Finally done with this one It s true that you need a lot of patience to finish this book part of it is interesting, part of it is not exactly boring, but I had trouble keeping up with the many characters, that I didn t know what was going on That was frustrating The thing is, I ve only finished half of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms There s still a second book to read, but I m not sure if I m ready yet I need to recuperate Too much war for me

  22. I believe that everyone who can finish this book can at least analyse surrounding people easily cos this book gives us not only enjoyment and great illusion of historian Chinese worriors but also knowledge and some skill to read people s mind from their action No matter how each character s actions are analysed or interpreted, they are all benefits for readers So, I think the we can read it, the better for ourselves Don t be afraid if you can read it than three times

  23. It s very long and often full of tedious military machinations, but it s also punctuated by exciting, gruesome, tragic, and otherworldy moments so I think it s worth it On to volume two

  24. NOTE This is a review for all three volumes of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms I had been aware of this epic of Chinese literature for many years, but first developed a serious interest in reading it after having watched the excellent Chinese drama adaptation made in 2010 That gave me the impetus to pick up the first volume and give it a go Some words of caution first, from one who has now read all three volumes This is a book that very much requires you to juggle hundreds of names in your hea [...]

  25. What I thought was originally a mess of a book, I gave it time to get me, the first few chapters are hard going but eventually, the story takes shape I loved the dynasty warrior games and so was surprised to find this book had some real depth to the characters The story chugs along at a decent pace with betrayals and backstabs galore, even the hero of the story does some messed up shit and it feels fresh even though this book is super old If you can make it past the first few chapters this is a [...]

  26. i am listening to the book via Podcast from 3kingdoms excellent rendition for English speakers with no social or historical context for the book great reader and helps you followby explaining the things you re likely not to understand Great job i m enjoying the book

  27. Learned a lot of lessons from this first volume, like the importance of having trustworthy advisers, and to never cut a wizard s head off.

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