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message 1: by Chel (new)

Chel | 377 comments Outlaws of the Marsh (also known as Water Margin) is one of the four great classics of early Chinese literature. It is very long and outlines 108 characters on the margins of society who have been greatly wronged and band together. They are largely warriors fighting the Empire. Each story is told individually and the story is truly epic. It is funny, tragic, and rewarding. It details corruption in the Chinese empire. The story passed to Japan and became famous there centuries ago under the title of Suikoden and famous engravings were made of each of the 108 characters. It was also the origin of the Suikoden series of video games from Japan, all of which have massive stories themselves which I have played. It is a very long read (2,149 pages) and, in some ways, gets a little repetitive but was very rewarding.

The other three great classics of Chinese literature, that many consider the pinnacle of classic Chinese literature, are the novels: Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Journey to the West (also known as Monkey), and Dream of the Red Chamber (also known as A Dream of Red Mansions). They influenced many art aspects of the cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. I can't wait to read the other three some day! I own all four, three on Kindle and one in paperback.

message 2: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (mmorrell) | 25 comments You have whetted my appetite I have just ordered Outlaws of the Marsh (Chinese Classics 4-Volume Boxed Set) BOX SET for Kindle. I love Chinese art and literature.

message 3: by Chel (new)

Chel | 377 comments Good for you, I'm excited for you! Just be aware that some parts get a little repetitive but it's a great book.

message 4: by Mandy (new)

Mandy | 154 comments I remember seeing something on TV a long time ago back in the UK called "The Water Margin" - especially Monkey. Brings back great memeories of childhood, though I sould probably try to read it some time.
The Amazon price for Kindle is much much cheaper than for the physical books though - I might go down the kindle route too!

message 5: by Shellah (new)

Shellah (shellahinman) | 15 comments I have a new favorite quote from this book, "You're talking farts, not words!"

Too funny!

message 6: by Feliks (last edited Sep 07, 2015 09:43PM) (new)

Feliks (Dzerzhinsky) Fine introduction to the material by Chel. I'd ready to seek out this book after his enticing remarks about it.

But later on in the thread: major buzzkill. Citing 'lower price' as a reason to purchase Kindle makes my stomach curdle. Interested in noble literature but not willing to pay $5 extra for the joy of reading a book on paper? The op cited a video game spin-off; I'm sure that's probably inexpensive too...we could just go the video-game route and skip literature altogether. Convenience and price taking priority.

Sigh. Buying digital simply sends this message to libraries and museums: we don't care about authentic, printed, original artifacts or the way they are carried down.

message 7: by Mandy (new)

Mandy | 154 comments Well Feliks some of us like to read noble literature at a price we can afford. Better to read it than to not to read it.

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