Mah Jong, Anyone: A Manual of Modern Play by Kitty Strauser, Lucille Evans
Mah Jong, the ancient game of China, is enjoying another burst of popularity in America and in the many foreign communities of the Far East. In the years since Mah Jong swept the U.S. in the '20s, the rules have become complex, varied, and subject to yearly changes, thus losing a good deal of the spirit of the original game. The rules of the game in Illinois or New York are no more similar than they are in foreign communities in Tokyo or Singapore.
Mah Jong, Anyone? is the answer to the present state of confusion, as well as being the perfect primer for the new player and a handy manual for old Mah Jong hands. Here is a clear set of rules, plus basic information in equipment, accessories, terminology, rules of play, scoring, penalties, and bonuses. This is a much-needed manual of simplified rules that retains the best of the stimulating Western innovations in the game while still being true to the Chinese spirit of the original game. Experienced Mah Jong players especially will welcome the section on Special Hands.