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三国演义

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The sharp complex and distinctive political and military conflicts of that era which has left deep impact on later generations in politics and military strategie. A wonderful translation of a complex historical epic The Romance of Three Kingdoms covers the period 168 AD to 280 AD the collapse of the Han dynasty into three warring kingdoms the Wei Wu and Shu; and in the last chapter their eventual reunification by the Jin dynasty The story is rich with personalities contests of wit and will and military exploits The heart of the story pits Liu Xuande a virtuous personable man who ultimately founds the Shu kingdom with a lot of help from loyal friends against Cao Cao the brilliant but cold and calculating vizier of the last Han Emperor But a host of other characters launch fill out and wrap up the story including Lord Guan a heroic warrior and blood brother of Xuande; and Zhuge Liang or Kongming a mystic and scholar who serves Xuande as prime minister and whose powers of perception and strategy verge on the magical One of the themes of the book is the effectiveness of a well paired king and counselor; most of the mistakes made by each of the three kingdoms happen when a king doesn't listen to a minister's wise counsel or when a minister or general abandons his filial duty to his liege This is a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed on a single reading but probably becomes richer with repeated readingsI haven't tried reading Moss Roberts' full three volume translation which apparently includes a slew of additional narrative threads but this one volume abridgment was perfect for me as an interested lay reader In this abridgment where Roberts elides he provides very clear summaries of relevant plot developments so I didn't feel I was missing anything His writing is clear and crisp no jargon and no archaisms which really brings the story alive and lets its humor and drama shine through The afterword reprinted from the full translation is also very good tracing how variant texts of the Three Kingdoms have come down to us and discussing how the epic has been interpreted through different eras in Chinese history a fascinating story in itself

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Romance of The Three Kingdoms Hardcover tells about the three kingdoms Wei Shu and Wu led by Cao Cao Liu Bei and Sun uan and the conflicts and fights among the th. The historical novel recounts the kingdoms of Wu Wei and Shu vying to dominate China proper after the fall of the Eastern Han dynasty Approximate Territories of the Three Kingdoms Image from Yu NinjieNot only are the heroic deeds memorable but the strategic up onemanship among the kingdom reads like Machiavelli's The Prince You can find many of the strategies from Sun Tzu's The Art of War Recommended for all historical novel lovers A Portrait of Cao Cao the Chancellor of the Kingdom of Wei

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Ree political military blocs during the end of Eastern Han dynasty and the entire three kingdoms period Based on the broad social and historical backdrop it shows. I love this book All the characters despite the fact that there are so many are uniue and every character plays a part When I started reading this book in March I finished in June I was studying China in my sixth grade class If you are in sixth grade you should probably only read it if you have an intense interest in Chinese history and it really helped me know a lot about dynasties in general how empires function and how war is fought throughout Chinese history It even influences the way I play Risk I really liked Kongming Zhuge Liang because he always outsmarted everyone even when the people he outsmarted thought that they were outsmarting him Zhao Zilong was also an awesome character because he was really honorable and always beat everyone even when he was outnumbered 1000 to 1 at Danyang Slope I thought it was funny when the author would say things like What happened to Lu Bu Read on Did Cao Cao survive Read on All in all this was a great book

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  • 三国演义
  • Luo Guanzhong
  • English
  • 19 December 2018
  • 9780520215856

About the Author: Luo Guanzhong

罗贯中 Mandarin pronunciation lwɔ kwantʂʊŋ was a Chinese writer who lived during the Yuan Dynasty He was also known by his pseudonym Huhai Sanren Chinese 湖海散人; pinyin Húhǎi Sǎnrén; 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



10 thoughts on “三国演义

  1. says:

    Around the time the earth cooled and life spread across the continents I was a huge fan of the game Destiny of an Emperor for the NES Chinese generals with names I couldn't pronounce duking it out for the fate of China enthralled meYears later I was thinking fondly of the game and decided to investigate the source Three Kingdoms Three Kingdoms is one of the four great classics of Chinese literatureImagine my surprise while on my 2300 page journey that the story of the game wasn't very much like While the game depicts the rise of Liu Bei the book depicts his rise and fall as well as fleshing out the stories of his companions and enemiesAt 2300 pages you can imagine the amount of characters to absorb Still it was very satisfying to read years after playing the game The writing was a little rough getting used to but to be fair it was written centuries ago in Chinese The stories of Liu Bei Lord Guan Zhang Fei Pang Tong and the rest were very interesting I was glad LuBu met his fate at the hands of Cao Cao When he left my party he had a lot of good euipment the rest of them could have used

  2. says:

    Introduction by Shi Changyu Three Kingdoms Volume I Notes Three Kingdoms Volume II Notes Three Kingdoms Volume III Notes Three Kingdoms Volume IV NotesPrincipal CharactersChronology of Main EventsList of MapsTitles Terms and OfficesForeword by John S ServiceAfterword About 'Three Kingdoms' Notes by Moss RobertsAbbreviationsAcknowledgementsAbout the Translator

  3. says:

    The historical novel recounts the kingdoms of Wu Wei and Shu vying to dominate China proper after the fall of the Eastern Han dynasty Approximate Territories of the Three Kingdoms Image from Yu NinjieNot only are the heroic deeds memorable but the strategic up onemanship among the kingdom reads like Machiavelli's The Prince You can find many of the strategies from Sun Tzu's The Art of War Recommended for all historical novel lovers A Portrait of Cao Cao the Chancellor of the Kingdom of Wei

  4. says:

    I love this book All the characters despite the fact that there are so many are uniue and every character plays a part When I started reading this book in March I finished in June I was studying China in my sixth grade class If you are in sixth grade you should probably only read it if you have an intense interest in Chinese history and it really helped me know a lot about dynasties in general how empires function and how war is fought throughout Chinese history It even influences the way I play Risk I really liked Kongming Zhuge Liang because he always outsmarted everyone even when the people he outsmarted thought that they were outsmarting him Zhao Zilong was also an awesome character because he was really honorable and always beat everyone even when he was outnumbered 1000 to 1 at Danyang Slope I thought it was funny when the author would say things like What happened to Lu Bu? Read on Did Cao Cao survive? Read on All in all this was a great book

  5. says:

    Difficult to begin butThis novel one of the great classic Chinese novels is one of the difficult texts for readers While some others like Journey to the West or The Marshes of Mount Liang are much easily accessible and entertaining right from the beginning a feeling of disorientation is common for first readers of Three Kingdoms The story starts without introduction with the appearance of dozens of protagonists and it's hard to keep track of all of them At the end you will have encountered over 1200 named people and some of them even with several names depending on the situationBut you shouldn't allow yourself to get daunted at this early stage Soon you'll get used to the flood of people and you will find out which are only fire and forget characters who only appear in the sentence they are mentioned first and which are important for the storyline After that the chaotic impression is replaced by a clear structureThe dissolving Han dynasty's kingdoms are very vividly described though you have to be prepared for some very dry sections of descriptions of army movements and complex battle strategies which would better fit in history books But there's a lot of compensation for these difficult parts epic and heroic are words that have never seen a fitting place than this maelstrom of loyality treachery honesty and perfidiousness that sucks you into an extremely captivating account of the heroes who have become cultural iconsLü Bu Guan Yu Zhuge Liang all of these historic figures are very well characterized and lead the story over several generations At the end you will feel with them and have witnessed the rise and fall of one of the most important epochs of Chinese historyA must read even if it's difficult at the beginning than modern novels And when you're done the other classical Chinese texts wait for you which are less complicated but even entertainingThis edition is split in two volumes not two separate parts avoiding the problem of a monstrous weight High uality paper and almost no typos outweigh the flimsy cover Moss Roberts' translation is fluent and modern but without unneccessary flourish and not hiding the fact that the book is centuries old

  6. says:

    There can be no eual This is the book that makes all others pale in comparisonI'm forced to compare this book to Game of Thrones due to the popularity of the TV series as its all my friends ask about when talking about this bookHow does it compare to Game of Thrones?It doesn't This is not high fantasyTo say it's a story about the fall of the Han dynasty and the various warlords scramble to fill the void does not due the book justice If you are looking for all the political maneuvering and of a Game of Thrones placed in a real world setting then you owe yourself to read this book Three Kingdoms where the only dragons are on the buildings façade

  7. says:

    Volume Four Finale To gratify the desires of ear and eye without properly calculating the economic strength of the multitude is the sure road to oblivion Three and a half months later I feel some amount of triumph and some amount of fatigue and the book while definitely a contributor is hardly a significant one this far down the road If you had told beginning me that end me would finish in the middle of a pandemic freaking out would be a drastic understatement when describing the reaction Having lived through it all while reading this I imagine I'm actually able to believe in the continuity of my existence through January was Volume 1 February was Volume 2 etc etc rather than January was potential WWIII February was the fallout from Kobe Bryant March was three months long April is coming up on three decades long and so on and so forth Now why did I like this better than both The Journey to the West and The Story of the Stone? I suppose due to this being in a holistic form than the other two Stockholm Syndrome was better able to work its insidious smoothing over of tedium and in order to efficiently connect the moments of spectacle pathos cavalry reversal downfall and triumph until I found myself reading almost 200 pages of end material including the foreword for whatever reason and reveling in it all once again Also I've come to realize the joy I take in connecting the dots of the world in terms of both time and space and Guanzhong's supposedly but that's so often the deal with many of these works in that area of the world that I just roll with it is so inextricably grounded in the goal of doing such that especially when further contextualized by the Manchus and the Mongols and the propagandizing and the ever popular narrative of the underdog true king 'Lord of the Rings' Aragorn anyone? I couldn't help but appreciate it deeply than I would a fantasy villain of the week religious parable or the decline and fall of an exorbitantly wealthy bildungsroman At the beginning of this volume pretty much every character that the narrative had chosen to significantly invest development in back in the first volume was dead KongmingZhuge Liang my favorite not introduced until the second volume was still kicking but he would be in his coffin ten chapters Still he was destined to terrorize his enemies through trickery and supernatural means up until the point that the author made the spirit transcend its human loyalties and advocate for imperial unity no matter what I latched onto a few other full names and general surnames in order keep afloat and slowly but surely Cao shifted to Sima and both Bei and Sun fell into the same calumny that that work presented as the primary destabilization of the Han emperor around two thousand pages to go Honestly the most notable thing to me was how much Kongming fell apart when it came to martial prowess but considering what the afterword had to say about how many popular accounts of that man's life inflated his strategy skills I suppose both the author and the editor of this particular edition the one who holistically re calibrated with utter abandon the factually straightforward tale into their preferred piece of moralizing if appreciative literature had to tone it down a bit else the historically accurate collapse of all of Kongming's ambitions couldn't have conceivably happened could it have Other than that Jiang Wei a defecting minor general who became supremely major once all the big names were gone carried me through until almost the very tail end of two empires finally surrendering to the third and then in some ways in an extremely deflated fashion the civil war was over and the empire was whole Descendants not living up to the image of their ancestors and all thatBy the end I was completely caught up in the sociopolitical commentary that could be easily applied to contemporary times For example people rightfully make a big deal of of Confucius' onerous hierarchical absolutism but part of that long ago and wildly influential thinker's doctrine is the fact that the responsibility for disorder rests on those above and these days my own government has nearly 700000 plague infections and 37000 plague deaths on their plate as the result of obtuse mismanagement opportunistic bigotry and pure greed That utmost need for leadership to be both morally and capably fit of ruling 'virtue' and 'talent' are the exact words used beyond all restraints of blood kinship is the other side of the conflict between inheritance and merit and so much of this book in its contents construction and legacy is tied up in how much fate favors one or the other and how hard humans try to adapt their story as a metaphor for their own success failures and chance for revengeredemption I mentioned LotR earlier and near the very tail end of finishing this I became rather caught up in the idea that Tolkien had to have read this work or heard of it or something because the parallels just get ridiculous after a while it'll be fun rereading The Silmarilion after this The first attempt at Anglo translation of this work was back in 1925 so it's not a wildly outrageous theory and the whole 'oh some things are just universal' has become an increasingly unacceptable argument in my mind In other words yet another angle for my furious brain to embark upon when it comes to constructing a reason for why I tackled 2300 pages of a work I have little to no academic training for intuitive context and absolutely no fluency for direct understanding Honestly though like some if you ask them why they wanted to climb Mt Everest I read it cause it was there and unlike that infamous activity I didn't risk leaving my rotting corpse or guarantee my leaving a bunch of trash that'll slowly slip down as the thermometer goes up and be yet another instance of postcolonial blight for humanity to disproportionately contend with Will they be reading this work 3600 years after the portrayed events much as I do 1800 years after? I hope soI'm finished with this and yet I want to read There are commentaries on Zhuge Liang in all forms and flavors histories of the interaction of 'Three Kingdoms' with the various dynasties debates over the veracity of various historical personas analyses of the amazingly fervent and ginormous Lord GuanGuan Yu cults did I mention that a reference to him showed up in a Greek mythology fighter video game that's currently being developed? and histories upon histories upon histories from ChinggisGenghis Khan to how the Mandate of Heaven was translated into government policy upon the official end of the dynastic train I also don't want to deal with any of that until next year at the very earliest because much as this ended well I am utterly sick of having a uarter of my reading capacity blocked off for months months upon months I suppose I should make some recommendation regarding how readers interested in this should best prepare for but honestly if you're not the type to have wandered into the list of Longest Novels of All Time a while ago and thought that that would make for a good bucket list if modulated accordingly your best bet is cutting your teeth on some of the modest 1000 page works My inspiration was likely first spawned by the tales my friends told of the omnipresent and omnitedious Chinese school that they attended on the weekends wherein they were made to memorize entire lists of dynasties and associated material I got some of that during the afterword and I gotta say some of it's kinda cool The world's affairs rush on an endless stream;A sky told fate infinite in reach dooms allThe kingdoms three are now the stuff of dreamFor men to ponder past all praise or blame view spoilerPS I get that this is a super long work but a typo in those last four lines that I chose not to indicate cause it'd look a a tad pathetic? I'm already planning for my next read of a future and ideally better edition hide spoiler

  8. says:

    A wonderful translation of a complex historical epic The Romance of Three Kingdoms covers the period 168 AD to 280 AD the collapse of the Han dynasty into three warring kingdoms the Wei Wu and Shu; and in the last chapter their eventual reunification by the Jin dynasty The story is rich with personalities contests of wit and will and military exploits The heart of the story pits Liu Xuande a virtuous personable man who ultimately founds the Shu kingdom with a lot of help from loyal friends against Cao Cao the brilliant but cold and calculating vizier of the last Han Emperor But a host of other characters launch fill out and wrap up the story including Lord Guan a heroic warrior and blood brother of Xuande; and Zhuge Liang or Kongming a mystic and scholar who serves Xuande as prime minister and whose powers of perception and strategy verge on the magical One of the themes of the book is the effectiveness of a well paired king and counselor; most of the mistakes made by each of the three kingdoms happen when a king doesn't listen to a minister's wise counsel or when a minister or general abandons his filial duty to his liege This is a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed on a single reading but probably becomes richer with repeated readingsI haven't tried reading Moss Roberts' full three volume translation which apparently includes a slew of additional narrative threads but this one volume abridgment was perfect for me as an interested lay reader In this abridgment where Roberts elides he provides very clear summaries of relevant plot developments so I didn't feel I was missing anything His writing is clear and crisp no jargon and no archaisms which really brings the story alive and lets its humor and drama shine through The afterword reprinted from the full translation is also very good tracing how variant texts of the Three Kingdoms have come down to us and discussing how the epic has been interpreted through different eras in Chinese history a fascinating story in itself

  9. says:

    Read the abridged version a while ago but reading the Iliad made me think about this book again Someday I'd like to find and read the whole thing It's a good look a Chinese war history Just a heads up there are several characters to keep track of and with similar names The reason I read this though was because I enjoy learning about ancient China and because of the video game Dynasty Warriors Having played that game actually helped me a little with who was who in the novel

  10. says:

    Romance of the Three Kingdoms was written sometime around the 1400 1500’s late Yuan to mid Ming and tells a dramatized version of the fall of the Han Dynasty and the three kingdoms period spanning 168 280 AD over 2300 pagesAnd it’s not an easy read at least at first The first several hundred pages can be very confusing with dozens upon dozens of characters with difficult to remember names coming and going with no way of telling whether they will be important characters or not Once you get through all that however it’s an incredibly thrilling tale Interestingly the novel represents a case where a fictionalized history is important than actual history That is if you want to understand about the Chinese it is important that you read this book than to read a history of the three kingdoms period Nevertheless it is said that the novel is 7 parts fact and 4 parts fictionFor those interested in the real history the 100 page afterword in the Moss Roberts translation is a real treat I was very surprised for example to learn that Lord Guan was actually a very minor player in the historic context It was fictional accounts like stage dramas and this novel that raised his status to supernatural heights Yes supernatural There is a long tradition of worshiping him as a deity in China And many kung fu schools practice the “Guan Dao” at advanced levels The Guan Dao is basically a fat saber at the head of a long heavy staff Supposedly it was what Lord Guan used though this is not clear from the novelThis is not a book to read if you want to beef up your “books read in 2015” on goodreads For me however long books have a kind of magical appeal You get really invested in the characters the story accompanies you over a long period I’m not a speed reader and you mourn its passing when it’s finally finishedIf I choose to continue reading a long book it’s probably going to get 5 stars I don’t want to waste so much time on a mediocre book You’ll love this book if you’re into Chinese culture history ancient military strategy kung fu war novels or tales of heroes and epic adventures The book will probably not appeal to women however as female characters play only very minor roles and are occasionally mistreated In one scene for example a farmer secretly kills his wife so he can offer meat to the protagonist When the hero finds out he his moved to tears by the farmer’s loyalty to the cause of the HanI was also surprised by a short appearance of headless zombies as well as ghosts and other horrific elements which helped to spice things up a bit This is definitely a book I’ll read again some day

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