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Three Kingdoms (Chinese Classics, 4 Volumes) Paperback – Box set, 2008
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"A martial epic with an astonishing fidelity to history, which has been translated now into lively English by Moss Roberts. . . . The subject matter of Three Kingdoms has long held an extraordinary grip on the Chinese imagination. . . . The great achievement of the author . . . was to match historiography with fiction and gain a synergistic effect from the combination of elite and popular tradition." -- Patrick Hanan, New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book itself is a classic, and this is a good translation, although I want the one that starts: "They say the momentum of history was ever thus: the empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide." That is surely one of the greatest openings in all of literature; this one isn't quite at that level. I think that version might be adapted from Moss Roberts (the same translator as this book), or it may be his earlier, abridged version.
This is one of the four classical chinese novels, and if you are looking to connect with the Middle Kingdom and its past, this is a great (though rather heavy) place to start.