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The Book of Mah jong: An Illustrated Guide Paperback – May 1, 2001

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About the Author

Amy Lo, born in the Canton, China, divides her time between Hong Kong, Tokyo, and the United States. Mahjong, which she has been playing for more than 30 years, is one of her favorite pastimes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with Flaps edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804833028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804833028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elvin Chan on July 31, 2001
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A unique book which covers traditional Cantonese, Shanghainese, 12-tile (13th-wild), and Taiwanese variations of mah jong. Scoring of hands are described in the translated English as well as the equivalent Chinese dialect (through Chinese characters and pin yin). Most other books address play and scoring using Western or Japanese standards, where as this book best describes the game that is played by my family.
Diagrams are useful in explaining the hands, but unfortunately in some cases the diagrams are misplaced in the layout and not labelled properly for best clarity.
The book is in paperback now. I hope that it sells well enough to garner a second edition.
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...if you intend to play the game the way the majority of the people on the planet play it. Oddly this is the only book readily available in English that does so. She could do a better job explaining the seemingly arcane scoring system, but for the most part this was a much appreciated addition to my library.
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This book has excellent graphics. Good introduction to the 3 variations of the game without all the complications added by Western players using the American/Jewish or Officers Wives clubs.
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By S. Fentz on December 2, 2004
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This book describes most of the basic combinations for Asian style Mahjong and I have used it with several classes. There are a few problems that should have been edited but are easily corrected. I like the book because it explains the rules and scoring of Mahjong and provides pictoral references of dealing, set up of walls, and scoring hands.
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I bought this book when I first started to learn how to play mah jong. I found the instructions and rules laid out in an easy to comprehend manner that covered almost all the questions that came up for me during the learning process. Now, having learned to play, I find that it's a great reference guide for some of the more obscure rules and hands. I mainly stick to Cantonese rules, but I've enjoyed reading about, and on occasion trying, the other styles of play.

It's a well written, well structured book, with many interesting historical and trivial facts included that keep the reading interesting, while teaching you more about the game.
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I had this book for quite sometime but I never fully grasp to read the whole entire book due to each contents. I have to fully immerse myself to understand each meaning and find myself often not in the mood to even finish nor to start for that matter. I will have to...eventually if I am to understand the full concept of playing mah jong as I remember from my childhood days.
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This is one of the better books on mah jong, but I'm still left with a few questions that need to be cleared up where she wasn't specific enough. Other than that, great pictures, very clear diagrams and good explanations of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and 12-tile Mah Jong. And it's written by a native Mah Jong player, not just a westerner who's been there once or twice; someone who has been playing it for her whole life in China.
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I purchased this book for my library as I am just learning to play Mah Jongg. Good information on the several international versions of playing Mah Jongg, especially the Chinese and American game variations that I am learning, 5 *****'s on the book and POSITIVE FEEDBACK to the seller for fast shipment and a great product!
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