- Paperback: 2339 pages
- Publisher: Foreign Languages Press; Volume 1, 2, 3 & 4 edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 7119005901
- ISBN-13: 978-7119005904
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.3 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three Kingdoms (Chinese Classics, 4 Volumes) Paperback – Box set, 2008
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I'd read the original archaic text when I was about eight years old, so obviously my views will be heavily slanted by my familiarity with this text. On approaching this translation, what I find is a well done, respectful and informative translation that doesn't quite nail the tone of the original text, but will be a good read for modern readers who don't read Chinese.
And to be honest, Chinese is extremely hard to translate into English. Just the fact that subjects, articles and pronouns are often omitted from a sentence is enough to cause nightmares for a Chinese-English translator. And even by Chinese standards, The Three Kingdoms is a work whose linguistic economy is staggering. In one page, this book can convey the deaths of half a dozen characters, three to four battles, multiple schemes, and include four or five "tribute" poems, to boot. Such is the style of this work, and it could not have been easy for translator Moss Roberts to adapt this style into English.Read more ›
This book has its sad moments particularly when someone important or someone who contributed a lot to his lord dies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what expected and really happy for the purchase!Published 14 days ago by PATRIKARAKOS DIMITRIOS
The package arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. It was a gift for my son. He's enthralled by the story. "Moss" is an excellent translator.Published 1 month ago by Susanls67
It's a challenging read for those of us who didn't grow up with these characters and stories, but if you invest the time and make good use of the excellent Moss Roberts... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ophewathun
Moss Roberts' translation is absolutely fantastic. Much more alive than others. Take the opening sentences:
"Here begins our tale. Read more