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The Great Mahjong Book: History, Lore, and Play Paperback – December 15, 2006
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Mah jongg instructor Rep, a Dutchman, casts a wide net to provide general background on the game and explain how it is played today and has in the past been played around the world. [The book] is clearly written and well illustrated with numerous examples." —Library Journal
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Then he takes a look at how the game is played in the US, Japan, China, other Asian countries and several European countries. The local variations are described, not always in great detail, but detailed enough so you can try them out if you wish. If you want to learn a particular style well, get a book or a web site focused on that variant, but for a general overview, Rep's book is excellent.
Add to that a sleek, stylish layout and plenty of good pictures, and you get a rather fine book on a rather fine game. This book will serve both newbies and enthusiasts.
Approximately the first quarter of the book basically explains the Chinese version of the set and rules. Most of rest of the book is divided into chapters arranged by country that explain regional variations. There are separate chapters for “Old” China, China today, America, Japan, Great Britain, Holland, France, Germany, and Italy. In addition to regional variations of the rules, each chapter also contains interesting facts about the social impact of the game in different parts of the world at different times in history.
The text on pages 63 through 95 is the chapter pertaining to mahjong in America. Less than ten pages (from the bottom of page 83 to the top of page 93) is devoted to discussing the American National Mah Jongg League version of the game (which the author refers to as “Maj”). But for an enthusiast of the game who enjoys expanding their knowledge regarding all its forms and varieties, the book is very entertaining and worth the read.
There were a few typographical errors, but not as many as I expected (the author’s first language is Dutch, and there’s an error on the back cover: “o Vers” should be “offers”). Many errors weren’t just grammatical, but actually caused a bit of confusion.Read more ›
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Great condition and a must have book for experienced MJ players to learn about the history of the game.Published 4 months ago by Helen Tilden
i,m interested in the game mah yong and ifound so much in this book thanks ginaPublished 20 months ago by georgina butcher
I loved the history and lore. The details of play in various countries was enlightening. I would have liked more on playing with "the card."Published 20 months ago by Vivian Makosky
This is a well written book with many different styles of play discussed. I learned the version we play is different than anything discussed in this book but as long as we keep... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by IG/Ork 40K'er
Many of the illustrations have nothing to do with the text they are surrounded by. I found it confusing. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Biohazard
I bought this book out of curiosity more than anything else. It's not a bad book on Mahjong by far, yet I felt the history section should have been beefed up a little. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Mr. Colin Mcelhatton
This has so much information for the mah jongg player. I also bought one for a friend who is a player.Published on February 13, 2013 by Judith Ford