The Broken Seals: Part One of The Marshes of Mount Liang

The Broken Seals: Part One of The Marshes of Mount Liang

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by John Dent-Young
     
 

When Marshal Hong breaks the seals which generations of Taoist Masters have placed on the temple doors to hold back 108 incarcerated Demon Princes, powerful forces of disorder are released. One after another, brave men fall out with officialdom and are obliged to join the brotherhood of the rivers and lakes -- the mixed company of heroes and vagabonds who live by

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When Marshal Hong breaks the seals which generations of Taoist Masters have placed on the temple doors to hold back 108 incarcerated Demon Princes, powerful forces of disorder are released. One after another, brave men fall out with officialdom and are obliged to join the brotherhood of the rivers and lakes -- the mixed company of heroes and vagabonds who live by their wits and their fighting skills. The story of The Broken Seals branches this way and that, following first one hero, then another, as their paths converge and part, until finally 108 brave -- but not entirely admirable -- men are united at the outlaws' stronghold in the Marshes of Mount Liang. The story takes us through the vast landscape of imperial China. We hear of epic duels, gargantuan feasts, and cunning ambushes, and we witness injustice, betrayal, murder and revenge. We are told also of the beauty of the moon during Mid-Autumn Festival or of the snow, crisp underfoot on a stormy night in the country.

This volume consists of the first twenty-two chapters of the full 120-chapter version of the classic Chinese novel by Shi Nai'an and Luo Guanzhong. It is the first English translation based on this version that includes much of the verse. It offers the English reader something of the liveliness and humor of a work which has delighted generations of Chinese readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789622016026
Publisher:
Chinese University Press, The
Publication date:
06/22/1994
Series:
Marshes of Mount Liang Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,103,857
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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