The Book of Mah Jong: An Illustrated Guide

The Book of Mah Jong: An Illustrated Guide

by Amy Lo

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Master the exhilarating game of Mahjong with this introductory guide.

Said to have originated in the court of the Emperor of Wu, for centuries Mahjong remained a diversion exclusively for the royal class of China. Mahjong has been called "the game of a hundred intelligences." When played by experts it can be fast and subtle—even difficult to follow. Author Amy Lo, with the help and consultation of many master Mahjong players of different forms of the game, comes The Book of Mah Jong.

This complete, easy-to-follow instructional mahjong handbook includes over 150 full-color photographs and illustrations to introduce players to this captivating game. This is the first Mahjong book to fully cover the Cantonese or "old rules" game. It also includes all of the most popular variations, such as the Shanghai game, the 16-tile or Taiwanese game and the 12-tile game. Included are the rules, tactics, techniques, strategy and the rituals only the most experienced players know.

This Mahjong book includes:
  • 112 page, full-color book
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Full-color illustrations and photographs
  • Instruction on authentic Chinese Mahjong
  • Cantonese, Shanghai, and 12-tile versions of the game
The Book of Mah Jong is the perfect guide for all skill levels to learn Mahjong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462914029
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 10 MB

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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The Book of Mahjong: An Illustrated Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
msaari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amy Lo's The Book of Mahjong is an elegant book that describes the major Chinese styles of mahjong outside the new official Chinese competition rules. The book starts with a thorough description of Cantonese mahjong, also known as Hong Kong Old Style or old rules. This is a simple style of mahjong with relatively uncomplicated scoring, which makes it a good game for beginners.Lo's description of the rules should make learning the game easy. There are plenty of pictures to visualize the flow of the game and the way everything works. The scoring is described well. This is a good starting point for a mahjong hobby.After a short bit about strategy and courtesy in mahjong, Lo delves into Shanghai mahjong, also known as New Style. This is a similar game as the Cantonese mahjong, but there are some changes. The main difference is the scoring: the Shanghai rules include a lot more scoring hands, creating a game that's more interesting but much harder to master.To finish off the book, Lo describes a simple 12-tile variant (each player has an invisible 13th tile, which works as a wild tile and can replace any tile) and the Taiwanese 16-tile variant.The book is written well, looks pretty and generally has a clear layout. There are some points where I feel something small is missing (explanation of the fan-laak system, for example) and the book is maintaining the thousand-year myth, but overall this is a welcome addition to my mahjong library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't grasp some of the explainations. Seems more complicated than needed. Not what I wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas_Doherty More than 1 year ago
Beatiful written and illustrated. This book should be in any Mahjong players library for reference or inspiration. Amy Lo has done a great service to all that enjoy the game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some typos here and there but unlike many other books, it covers rules and scoring for the Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Shanghainese variations of the game. It includes the Chinese character and pronunciations of the scoring combinations.