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Romance of the Three Kingdoms (with footnotes and maps) (Epic and Beyond Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Luo Guanzhong , , , C.H.Brewitt Taylor
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“The world under heaven, after a long period of division, tends to unite; after a long period of union, tends to divide…”

The Han dynasty is falling, the rebels and warlords fight each other for the hegemony in China. Who will bring peace to these lands?

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Written by Luo Guanzhong in the 14th century, is one of the four great Chinese classical novels. Discover it in this new edition with maps, footnotes and an historical introduction

Product Details

  • File Size: 2419 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (May 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great format - Definitely worth the money! July 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I spent an hour or so trying to decide how I would tackle the reading of this epic Chinese story, labelled perhaps the greatest of all novels of these people. There are many options - it is on the web, and there are two other copies available in both print and Kindle versions. I admit that I've not yet read the entirety of the book, but I do trust the reviews of the content of Three Kingdoms, and the small amount that I have read is enough evidence for me that they were correct. This is a must read for any lover of Chinese or even Asian culture in general, and for those looking to digest some of the greatest historical literature of our species.

As per this specific copy "Romance of the Three Kingdoms (with footnotes and maps)," I am also very pleased. Although it is the same exact text that can be found on [...] it also comes with a handful of notes and some historical context at the end of the book. The maps aren't of very good quality, and the commentary itself isn't especially terrific, but they are valuable additions to this text. The formatting, in my opinion, is excellent. Those who are savvy enough could likely figure out a way to convert the online text into something readable on the Kindle, but to me, it's more than worth the five dollars that is being asked for here to have it done for you, and to have the knowledge that it's been done very well.

I would have been willing to pay more if they had put links to the maps in the text appropriately, and provided more high quality maps at the end of the book, in order to have a greater appreciation of where these battles are taking place. As it is, however, this copy is definitely worth the money, and I'm sure you'll be pleased if you chose this copy as I did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive (for now) ebook of Rot3K August 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for an ebook of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, this is the one to get. For your $5 you get the text of the book as translated by C.H. Brewitt Taylor along with his original introduction. You also get an additional preface, a handful of maps, a historical introduction (oddly found at the end of the text, along with the table of contents), and footnotes throughout the text provided by the folks at [...]

This Kindle edition is essentially just that webpage converted into ebook form, but done very well and with apparent care. The text and footnotes are formatted nicely, with the poems and songs attractively italicized and justified. This also means that the names in the book are in the more modern Pinyin style (e.g. Cao Cao) as opposed to the older style that Taylor originally used (e.g. Ts'ao Ts'ao.) This definitely makes the book easier to follow for fans of the video games.

It's a shame that there apparently isn't an ebook of the Moss Roberts translation as well, but this is definitely one of the better ebook renditions of a public domain work that I've seen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some truth, some legend, but gripping July 20, 2014
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Great story or should that be stories? A myriad of characters (I hope you've got a good memory) populate this novel about the Three Kingdoms period (several hundred years) of Chinese history. The depth of detail, the intensely personal descriptions of people and their lives is remarkable. If you're interested in China, then you should read this.

Maps in an e-book always seem to get lost somewhere and when you need them, they are never quite to hand. But, it is a minor inconvenience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars primer for chinese politics September 6, 2014
By DaLaoHu
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I don't have much to add beyond what others haves said. This is a classic not only of Chinese literature, but of world literature as well. Okay, I do have one thing to add: Anyone, and I mean anyone, from the President of the U.S., and the Secretaries of State and Defense, right on down to the little fish in the pond like you and I, who wants to understand the inner dynamic of Chinese politics, need look no further than this one text. Everything you would want to know is all right here. Things have not changed much over the years.

And no more lugging around four volumes to get at it. This Kindle edition puts it (literally) right at your fingertips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative June 8, 2014
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This book gives good insight in Chinese history. It also gives more background information regarding the Dynasty Warriors universe. Excellent book to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read May 7, 2014
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One of the four classic books of Chinese literature. By all means essential for the understanding of Chinese history and culture. It implies a long time reading, so it is a must have in any personal library. Recommended to anyone interested in Chinese history as well as to those curious readers willing to extend their educational background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New version with Pinyin has been very helpful!! February 8, 2014
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I really like the fact that this new version of the three kingdoms uses pinyin, these new changes has been very helpful in pronouncing the names.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese history at its finest November 28, 2013
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I would highly recommend using a notebook to keep track of places and characters, but I would also highly recommend reading this masterpiece.
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