Wu Song gets drunk at the tavern, ascends the pass in late evening and kills a notorious man-eating tiger with his bare hands.
The kingdoms three are now the stuff of dream, For men to ponder, past all praise or blame. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a book which attempts to cover the sweep and drama of history.
This is a book written in the same century as the The Decameron. To give a scale of its scope, the book starts in AD and ends inwhich is from the time of Marcus Aurelius to the time just before Diocletian.
Or as long as from the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt to today. The other big trait of this novel is the ancient concept of warfare, which is done through glorious feats and massed armies.
Generals are praised not for their tactical genius, but from their personal bravery and acts of heroism. Those who do dabble in strategy and politics, like Cao Cao and Zhuge Liang, are the stark exceptions.
The story largely concerns the fall of the Han Empire and its dissolution into three warring kingdoms. Our heroes are a brotherhood of three warriors, Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu, who swear an oath of fealty in a peach garden and pledge to protect the empire through its troubles.
The book also ties to the idea of nationalism. The empire falls apart, but it will come back together. In this book, history follows long and spiraling cycles.
The Ming Dynasty, which only re-established itself after liberation from the Mongol yoke, looked to the mythical ideal of the past to draw inspiration for a unified Chinese state.
The heroes of this story were relevant then, heroes to save the nation, heroes who held past traditions and serve the people. The book is Tolstoyan in scale, but not in its approach to history, where all humans are at the mercy of impersonal forces.
If anything, with its superhuman characters, it resembles the historical epics of the Greeks.
The character archetypes have become embedded in Chinese literature and popular culture. One of them, Guan Yu is now venerated as a god of loyalty and martial brotherhood in some local traditions.
There is the the trickster genius, Zhuge Liang, who wins by deception and bravery. One of the most fascinating characters to me was Cao Cao. The Chinese treat him as a villain who disregards all traditions and obligations, but Western readers I know treat him as a compelling antihero who still hopes to save the empire.
This translation by Moss Roberts is presented in an excellent edition. There are versions in multiple volumes, but mine is a five-pound monster of a book. There are copious annotations, an afterword, a historical timeline, and even a biographical list of major characters some out of the thousand in total.
Still, this is a deeply compelling book. It treats the sum of history as a narrative, and it does so with a grand scope, which encompasses legend and myth. It might be overwhelming at first, but as you settle into it and remember the major characters, you get a sense for the truly epic narrative here.The Three Brothers Fight Against Lu Bu.
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"How can you think of abandoning this country that we have held for three generations?" 79 "That being so," said Sun Quan, "where is a plan to come from?" 80 "Though Cao Cao assumes the name of the Prime Minister of the empire, he is at heart a rebel.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms 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 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in The Romance of Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong is a classic historical novel dealing with the power struggles within the Han dynasty which inevitably precipitate its collapse.
An intricately woven book integrating historical accurate events merged with creative fiction, this book centers on themes such as brotherhood, art of war and religion.
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