Romance of the Three Kingdoms Volume 1: Volume 1
by Lo Kuan-Chung
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
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This epic saga of brotherhood and rivalry, fidelity and betrayal, victory and death is part of the indelible basic classics of Chinese culture and continues to fascinate modern-day readerIn 220 of the EC Treaty, the 400-year-old rule of the powerful Han dynasty came to an end, and three reigns contested for control of ChinaLiu Pei, the legitimate heir to the Han throne, chooses to fight for his birthright and seeks the help of his sworn brothers, the impulsive giant Chang Fei and the invincible knight Kuan YuThe brave group is confronted with an impressive set of enemies, first and foremost the traitor and bloodthirsty, Ts’ao Ts’aoThe fat of the struggle of the three heroes seems doomed until the reclusive assistant Chuko Liang offers to his council, and the tide begins to turnThe Romance of the Three Kingdoms of China is the oldest novel and the first of a great tradition of historical fictionIt was believed to have been compiled by the Lo Kuan-chung game-wright at the end of the 14th century, it is indebted to the great San-chi kuo (Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms), completed by the historian Ch in Shou just before his death in 297 ECThe novel first appeared in print in 1522This edition, translated in the mid 1920s by CHBrewitt-Taylor, is based on a shortcut and simplified version that appeared in the 1670sAn Introduction to this Reprint by Robert EHegel, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington, offers a judicious commentary on the historical context of the novel, its literary origins and its characters
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