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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  328 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This is the first of a three-volume picaresque historical romance by China's best-loved author. It tells the story of Trinket, an irreverent and comic anti-hero, and his adventures through China over more than twenty years at the beginning of the Qing dynasty. The story spans vast territories,
from desert islands to northern ice fields, from Peking and the Imperial Court to
Published February 1st 2008 by 遠流出版事業股份有限公司 (first published 1969)
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This is a BIG book, not only in pages (475) but also in scope. Set in the 1600’s after the Ming dynasty of native Hans has been replaced by the Manchu dynasty of conquerors, the book chronicles the exploits of Trinket, a bastard born in a whore house. There are many themes in the book, including the origin of the Triad Societies formed to revolts against the Manchus, the brutality of Chinese life, i.e. whole families would be wiped out if one offended the emperor, the complexity of life in the F ...more
Wonwhee Kim
I just finished this three-volume tale. It is 'kung-fu' historical fiction based in the early years of the Qing dynasty. The plot is dense but the text is light. And with its exiled princesses, palace intrigue, kung fu grandmasters, secret societies, deadly eunuchs, royalists and rebels, of double identities, corruption, honor and integrity, a world of hand-to-hand combat and people who fly between destinations, kung fu masters who paralyze and revivify people with simple finger-strikes, a world ...more
Hilarious in places but the characterisation was vague and indistinct. I personally enjoy stories where each of the main protagonists is crafted with sole personality and have their own enthralling story to tell because in some ways it makes the story more memorable. In this aspect Jin Yong's other novels obviously stand out more. However this one was equally enjoyable and the twists of plot always delightful. Although the fact that the vagueness of which some things were presented, for example ...more
Kobe Quach
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Sunny C.
The book is wonderful and it teaches us how to be smart in dealing with other people especially when you are in a corruptive society
The plot and background of the story is pretty creative. Learnt some history on Qing dynasty but some parts of the story gets too 'creative' so Wei got into difficult situations seem to get resolved in unrealistic ways. The palace seems to be such an easy place to get in or out. And disguises always work and nobody cares or know when there are extra personnel in the travelling band. Other than these, I felt the story is a good read just a little too lengthy at times.
I think Chinese genre-writers, as a whole, take their subject matters too seriously to parody them. I still do, as The Deer and the Cauldron is just one sample. But I'm really happy that Jin Yong broke my stereotype as early as 1981.
Neo Yang
Absolutely hilarious and dastardly bastardly. Never cease to enjoy the antics of the protagonist 韦小宝. A huge departure from the usual heroes in Louis Cha works.
Nấm Hương
tiểu thuyết phản anh hùng đầu tiên mà tui đọc
cười té ghế
sững sỡ té ghế
Rating is for the three volume series.
Nguyen Phuong
Exciting to the last page
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Louis Cha, GBM, OBE (born 6 February 1924), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸, sometimes read and/or written as "Chin Yung"), is a modern Chinese-language novelist. Having co-founded the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao in 1959, he was the paper's first editor-in-chief.

Cha's fiction, which is of the wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") genre, has a widespread following in Chinese-speaking areas, in
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