A great read,
This review is from: Outlaws of the Marsh (The Water Margin), Translated By Sidney Shapiro, 4 Volume Complete Set in Slipcase (Paperback)
Considering this story is many centuries old, I found it surprisingly easy to read and relate to.
True, there are a few typographical errors but, all in all, I liked the translation. The story remained fast paced and fluent (which cannot be said for many other translated books I have read).
With over 2000 pages across four volumes, the book is a long read and presents well over a hundred main characters. This has a strong potential for confusing the reader but I was again pleasantly surprised. Whenever a dormant character appears in a later part of the story, there is always just enough of a description to remind the reader of who the character is and how we know him.
If you enjoy the occasional martial arts movie then I assure you, you can also enjoy this story.