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Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel [Paperback]

Luo Guanzhong , Moss Roberts
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Dec 1995
This single-volume, unabridged paperback edition of The Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel is out of stock indefinitely. Please see our new two-volume, unabridged paperback edition, which is identical to this book except that it is divided in two: Part One; Part Two
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  • Paperback: 2339 pages
  • Publisher: Foreign Languages Press; Slp edition (Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 7119005901
  • ISBN-13: 978-7119005904
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 17.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"By the measure of sheer density of history and drama, all other historical novels suffer by comparison to THREE KINGDOMS, the great epic of the Chinese literary tradition. Roberts' rendition of the prose is lively and readable, but his translation of the poetry is a delight, capturing the flavour and pace, and sometimes even the rhyme, of the original."--"National Post(Canadian Daily) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic beyond proportion!!! 13 Jan 2006
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I first got into the Three Kingdoms Era from playing Dynasty Warriors (ok, I admit that's pretty sad). So I got the abridged edition which was much cheaper and read it in under a week, it was so amazing. I just had to buy the complete 5 book set because the abridged version cuts out so many chapters it left me quite unsatisfied, especially near the end.
Words cannot express just how much I loved these books with its tales of heroic deeds, deception and devotion. Cao Cao's stupidity/arrogance is hilarious sometimes. An abridged edition is quite good, as it does cut out some of the 'boring' bits. But then you miss out on some really good chapters. BUY THEM NOW!!!! CAO CAO COMMANDS IT!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms, or, as is it is called in Mandarin, San Guo Yan Yi, is one of the Four Great Classics of Chinese Literature (the other three are The Outlaws of the Marsh, Dream of the Red Chamber and Journey to the West). I have read each of these four classics and this one so far is my favourite.
No-One can be sure who the author is precisely (controversy surrounds even the works of Shakespeare) but this book is generally attributed to Luo Guanzhong. It chronicles the tale of one of the periods of Chinese History known as the Three Kingdoms Period where the Han Dynasty fell apart into civil war, eventually forming three great kingdoms which continued to fight this civil war until the country is reunited.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms contains everything you could wish for in such a history. Admirable yet flawed characters. A vast list of characters who you will find yourself recalling again and again (Ah that man's beard is just like Zhang Fei's! Woah, he's as brave as Zhao Zi Long). The plot does not revolve around one character but moves sinously throughout the history. Devious tricks are the mainstay of the story and we see how great men are ruined and cowards sustained. You will find yourself writing down some of the quotations and strategems featured throughout the book and I definately think I'll read this again and again and again.
I think that the author's translation is accurate yet very fluid. Anyone familiar with translations of any language will often find that translators fail to transfer the fluency of one language to another. This translator manages to do this very well and also manages to abridge without ruining the story.
In short... buy this book and keep it for life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Influential piece of work, presented pretty well 30 Sep 2009
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Three Kingdoms is, for the uninitiated, a (partly fictional) account of the events leading up to the transition from the Han Empire to the Jin Empire in China during the last part of the 3rd Century. The story is, in the Far East, an iconic tale, with characters and events spawning idioms and influencing the actions of strategists, general and rulers for centuries to come, not to mention the countless media interpretations, such as the John Woo movie 'Red Cliff' and the video game 'Dynasty Warriors' series.

The entire story covers almost 100 years, and the breadth of characters and affiliations in the era is so great that it was inevitable - in addition to bias - that the carriers of the tale would caricature most of it to create a simple 'good vs. evil' tale. So, once the several hundred pages of set-up are complete - which is good in itself, as the united heroes face rebel Yellow Scarves, scheming eunuchs, evil Dong Zhuo, valiant Lu Bu and arrogant Yuan Shao - the story turns into a struggle between the virtuous Liu Bei, the treacherous Cao Cao, and the opportunistic Sun Quan. But it's the supporting cast that really make the story work; the iconic Guan Yu and Zhao Zilong, the semi-comedic Zhang Fei, and the multi-gifted strategist Zhuge Liang carry Liu Bei's cause, fearsome Zhang Liao, enduring Zhang He and the Machiavellian Sima Yi fight for Cao Cao, while the jealous genius Zhou Yu, painfully noble Huang Gai and prodigy Lu Xun support Sun Quan. And that's nowhere near all. None of the portrayals are historically accurate - some being downright unfair - but it makes an epic read nonetheless.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 22 Nov 2003
Set in the Era of the Three Kingdoms, this book has everything. A tale of romance, war, heroes; this is a story that has everything! A book that I have not been able to put down, in fact it was this that got me interested in ancient China, You have to get this book whatever types of book you like, this has some of it in here. Buy this book as soon as you can. Although this is the abridged version, it is no less good get this or the full one. If you like this try the Dynasty Warriors series.
The best book ever written.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wei, Wu & Shu... Let the Battle Commence!! 22 July 2005
The book starts with the fall of the Han dynasty, and the rise of a rebel faction called the Yellow scarves. From this we see the rise and fall of various regional lords vying to rule ancient China. Based on the time period of the same name, the book follows the exploits of Three Kingdoms: Wei, led by Cao Cao, Wu, led by the Sun family and finally the Kingdom of Shu, led by the virtuous Liu Bei.
With a cast of characters longer than the wall of China, the reader is immediatly sucked into the vortex that is the struggle for rule of China, from the rise of the Yellow scarves' rebellion And the oath in the Peach garden, to the final showdown between the Kingdom of Wu, and Kingdom of Wei, which would later become the Jin dynasty.
Much of this story is legend...but this much is true, this is a bloody great read, harder to read than some other books from China (i.e.: Outlaws of the Marsh) but its worth every second you spend reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for everybody interested in China
The Three Kingdoms is a historic novel, to China the Three kingdoms is what Homer and Virgil are for the West: a must-read for whoever want to understand that country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those with a penchant for ancient history
Often the narrative is a little unusual when put into the modern context but if you have a love of history, or even just the video game "Dynasty Warriors" then this is the... Read more
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This set of books is defiantly worth the buy if you're into Chinese history and its ancient tales! However, i only give 4 stars to this product overall simply because the box the... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation
No sure here? Its a classic text but something is just not quite right, the story is clear but (and it could be me) I find it is very disconnected with characters intersecting out... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have been a fan of the Three Kingdoms styled genre for a while now. Dynasty Warriors, Dynasty Tactics, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, etc. Read more
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