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The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)

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ISBN13: 9780804840958
ISBN10: 0804840954
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The Water Margin is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." Based upon the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this Chinese equivalent of the English classic Robin Hood and His Merry Men is an epic tale of rebellion against tyranny and has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years.

This edition of the classic J. H. Jackson translation features a new preface and introduction by Edwin Lowe, which gives the history of the book and puts the story into perspective for modern readers. While Chinese in origin, the themes of the novel are universal enough that it has served as a source of inspiration for numerous movies, television shows and video games up to the present day.

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A thrilling story of rebellion against tyranny

Synopsis:

The Water Margin is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels" of Chinese literature. Based upon the story of the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this epic tale of a rebellion against tyranny has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. A stirring tale of a band of men left with no choice but to become outlaws when faced with a tyrannical and unjust government, The Water Margin is the Chinese equivalent of Robin Hood and His Merry Men.

First gaining popularity in the West when it was translated by Pearl S. Buck as All Men Are Brothers, this classic tale is presented here in a detailed translation more faithful to the Chinese original.

Synopsis:

The Water Margin is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels" of Chinese literature. Based upon the story of the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this epic tale of a rebellion against tyranny has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. A stirring tale of a band of men left with no choice but to become outlaws when faced with a tyrannical and unjust government, The Water Margin is the Chinese equivalent of Robin Hood and His Merry Men.

First gaining popularity in the West when it was translated by Pearl S. Buck as All Men Are Brothers, this classic tale is presented here in a detailed translation more faithful to the Chinese original.

About the Author

Shi Naian is one of the respected elders of Chinese literature. In addition to authoring The Water Margin, he was also the teacher of Lo Kuan-Chung, the author of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

J. H. Jackson first came into contact with Chinese culture through his involvement with Presbyterian missionary efforts. His translation of The Water Margin was the first to closely follow the text of the Chinese original.

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jon holt, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by jon holt)
Outrageously fun. Hard to believe something this old (14th c.) could be this rolicking. Normally I stick to Japanese literature, but I began to see how a lot of Japanese fiction after "Water Margin" was borrowing from it, so I decided to give it a try. The Shapiro translation, I've heard is more bouncing than the Pearl Buck one ("All Men are Brothers"), and that is true. Not being able to compare it with the original Chinese, it's hard to say if Shapiro is correct in using English slang as much as he does, but it's a fun read. The episodic nature of the chapter breakdowns makes it a great need during one's commute.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804840958
Author:
Naian, Shi
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Translator:
Jackson, J. H.
Introduction by:
Lowe, Edwin
Introduction:
Lowe, Edwin
Foreword:
Lowe, Edwin
Author:
Lowe, Edwin
Author:
Naian, Shih
Author:
Jackson, J. H.
Author:
NAI'an, Shi
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Chinese; four great classical novels; classics; robin hood; china
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
848
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.13 in

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A thrilling story of rebellion against tyranny
"Synopsis" by , The Water Margin is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels" of Chinese literature. Based upon the story of the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this epic tale of a rebellion against tyranny has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. A stirring tale of a band of men left with no choice but to become outlaws when faced with a tyrannical and unjust government, The Water Margin is the Chinese equivalent of Robin Hood and His Merry Men.

First gaining popularity in the West when it was translated by Pearl S. Buck as All Men Are Brothers, this classic tale is presented here in a detailed translation more faithful to the Chinese original.

"Synopsis" by , The Water Margin is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels" of Chinese literature. Based upon the story of the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this epic tale of a rebellion against tyranny has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. A stirring tale of a band of men left with no choice but to become outlaws when faced with a tyrannical and unjust government, The Water Margin is the Chinese equivalent of Robin Hood and His Merry Men.

First gaining popularity in the West when it was translated by Pearl S. Buck as All Men Are Brothers, this classic tale is presented here in a detailed translation more faithful to the Chinese original.

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