Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Author: Lo Kuan-Chung

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 680

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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.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Volume II

(Illustrated English-Simplified Chinese edition)

Author: Luo Guanzhong

Publisher: XinXii


Category: Fiction

Page: 550

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“The world under heaven, after a long period of division, tends to unite; after a long period of union, tends to divide...” The Han dynasty is falling, the rebels and warlords fight each other for the hegemony in China. Who will bring peace to these lands? Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Written by Luo Guanzhong in the 14th century, is one of the four great Chinese classical novels. Discover it in this new edition with illustrations from MIng and Qing dynasties and the whole text in Simplified Chinese. Compare it using the Table of Contents!

The History and Spirit of Chinese Art (Volume 2)

(From the Song to the Qing Dynasty)

Author: Zhang Fa

Publisher: Enrich Professional Publishing Limited


Category: History

Page: 200

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Art is always a product of cultural evolution, and The History and Spirit of Chinese Art looks at this universal process as it unfolded in ancient China. With “mountain-water” landscape paintings, works of classical Chinese calligraphy, and blue and white porcelain widely displayed in museums and fetching high prices in auction houses worldwide, Chinese art is no longer foreign to the Western world. However, to many, the making of such cultural artefacts remains an enigmatic process. Indeed, Chinese art, the product of such an old civilization, was shaped by an ongoing process of evolution along the ebbs and flows of China’s history as a nation. In The History and Spirit of Chinese Art, aesthetics expert Zhang Fa deciphers the philosophies and thoughts that have defined Chinese art since the very beginning of the Chinese civilization, moving through the dynastic landmarks of artistic development with discussions of numerous art forms including paintings, architecture, dance and music, calligraphy, and literature.

Journey to the West, Volume 2

Author: Cheng'en Wu

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 359

The first complete English translation of the classic fictional narrative about the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the seventh-century monk Hsuan-tsang to bring back to China from India thousands of items of Buddhist scripture

Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc, Vol. 2

Author: Ryohgo Narita

Publisher: Yen Press LLC


Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 196

View: 526

The Yellow Scarves are threatened when an unknown individual infiltrates their hideout. Just when the Yellow Scarves have their quarry cornered, the Headless Rider, urban legend of Ikebukuro, comes to her rescue. The incident leaves the entire neighborhood unsettled once again, and the resulting turmoil forces Masaomi Kida, leader of the Yellow Scarves, to come face-to-face with the painful past from which he once fled...

Dragon in Ambush

The Art of War in the Poems of Mao Zedong

Author: Jeremy Ingalls

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 498

View: 781

Dragon in Ambush opens up Mao Zedong’s poems to a radically new interpretation as the corpus of his political ideology to reveal his grand design for total domination of the Communist Party and of China itself. Mao laid out his poems in a systematic and carefully schematized blueprint to assure that his ideas and aims would be followed long after his own lifetime. This work is indispensable in understanding Mao’s thinking and his relationship to the People’s Republic of China.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Volume 2 Of 3

Author: Luo Guanzhong

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform



Page: 528

View: 723

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Volume 2 of 3 is the second part of the classic history of the end of the Han dynasty.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Vol 2

In Simplified Chinese & Pinyin

Author: Hong Meng



Category: Foreign Language Study


View: 609

This book is the second volume of Romance of the Three Kingdoms translated from original text (traditional Chinese) into Simplified Chinese with Pinyin and comes with free audio files and English definition for all the words used in this book. The link and password to download the audio files are on the last page of the book. The Word List is in Volume 3. Romance of the Three Kingdoms (simplified Chinese: 三国演义; pinyin: Sānguó Yǎnyì) is a 14th-century historical novel attributed to Luo Guanzhong. It is set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in 280 AD. The story – part historical, part legend, and part mythical – romanticises and dramatises the lives of feudal lords and their retainers, who tried to replace the dwindling Han dynasty or restore it. While the novel follows hundreds of characters, the focus is mainly on the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han dynasty, and would eventually form the three states of Cao Wei, Shu Han, and Eastern Wu. The novel deals with the plots, personal and military battles, intrigues, and struggles of these states to achieve dominance for a period of almost 100 years. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is acclaimed as one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature; it has a total of 800,000 words and nearly a thousand dramatic characters (mostly historical) in 120 chapters. We have compiled the entire text into 3 volumes: Volume 1 – Chapters 1 to 52 Volume 2 – Chapters 53 to 102 Volume 3 – Chapters 103 to 120 and Word List For more information, please visit

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women

Antiquity Through Sui, 1600 B.C.E.-618 C.E.

Author: Lily Xiao Hong Lee

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 405

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"Spans more than 2,000 years from antiquity to the early seventh century to recover the stories of numerous women, nearly all of them unknown in the West. Covers the lives of women who have been previously excluded from historical studies and reference works"--Del editor.

Compassionate Light in Asia

A Dialogue

Author: Jin Yong

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 720

'Life is a drama of encounters', writes Daisaku Ikeda at the beginning of this dialogue: 'Beautiful encounters. Momentary encounters. Each person's drama is unique.' This particular encounter, between a celebrated Chinese novelist and prominent Japanese religious leader, illustrates the truth of that reflection. For in the discussion that stemmed from their meetings, Jin Yong (who is sometimes called 'the Asian Dumas') and Daisaku Ikeda were able to find remarkable common ground - what they refer to as a 'karmic bond' - resulting from the particularity of their experiences in wartime and mutual resistance to adversity. Ranging across a variety of engaging themes, the interlocutors explore such topics as the nature of friendship; theories of civilization; world literatures that have inspired them; the importance of free speech; Buddhist perspectives on life and death; and the spiritual search for truth. There is sustained reflection on the horrors of war, and a plea for the importance of memory: Daisaku Ikeda emphasises that 'peace is a battle against forgetfulness', while Jin Yong echoes this in his observation that 'most important is to strive to avoid war, whether it is between countries and whether it be domestic, and thus to enable people to build and improve their lives in a peaceful environment.' Cultural differences between the peoples of China and Japan are explored, sometimes amusingly, with the Japanese propensity for discipline and rules contrasted with the Chinese spirit of creative individualism. But the authors are focused above all on serious issues of meaning and identity, and they reveal the mutual solace both have found - in the face of personal loss and bereavement - in the Buddhist scriptures, especially the Lotus Sutra. Demonstrating a remarkable capacity for empathy throughout, they incarnate in their lives and work an intelligent and sympathetic compassion that represents a beacon of hope to the future direction of Sino-Japanese relations.