The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliffs): Selected and translated from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliffs): Selected and translated from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

by Hock G. Tjoa

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The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliffs): Selected and translated from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Hock G. Tjoa

Long ago, along a stretch of a river deep and wide but far away from the consciousness or imagination of anyone outside All under Heaven, a battle was fought that determined the fate of its people for the next four hundred years.

The Battle of Chibi vividly retells selections (translated by the author) from the great Chinese classic, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

This novel combines fascinating characters in action as well as ideas in conflict and battle scenes, deception, and earnest debate; there is even a marriage arranged for the purpose of entrapping of the Loyalist leader.

The narrative weaves together stories, drama, poetry--events and episodes that have engrossed Asian readers and listeners for the last seventeen hundred years. Above all, the warriors and leaders in this retelling, their loyalties and conflicts, show why this classic has been valued as the best introduction to Chinese thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997306705
Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Books
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Hock G. Tjoa was born in Singapore to Chinese parents. He studied history at Brandeis and Harvard and taught history and Asian political thought at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He has worked as a corporate banker and lived through reorganizations and acquisitions. He is married and lives with his family in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.

For his "third act," Hock turned to writing. In addition to this retelling of a Chinese classic, he has published Agamemnon Must Die, a recreation of Aeschylus' Oresteia and is working on a novel exploring the Book of Job. He has also published The Chinese Spymaster and The Ninja and the Diplomat, two in a series of three spy novels planned.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Note on Reading this Book, x
Chinese Names and Spelling, xiv
Main Characters, xvi

Prologue, 1

Part One: The End of the Han Dynasty, 4

1: THE HAN DYNASTY DECAYS: REBELS, 6

2: DYNASTIC DECAY: EUNUCHS, 18

3: DYNASTIC DECAY: WARLORDS, 33

4: SETBACKS, 46

5: DEATH OF SUN JIAN, 58

6: DEATH OF SUN CE, 71

7: THE BATTLE OF GUANDU, 84

8: LIKE FISH SEEKING WATER, 100

9: LIMITED OBJECTIVES, 114

10: JINGZHOU, 125

11: CAO MARCHES SOUTHWARDS, 138

Part Two: The Battle, 149

12: DEBATE IN JIANGDONG, 151

13: ZHOU YU PROVOKED, 165

14: TESTING THE WATERS, 178

15: BORROWING ARROWS, 192

16: DECEPTION, 206

17: NAVAL SKIRMISHES, 217

18: WIND AND FIRE, 227

19: HONOR AND MERCY, 241

Part Three: The Aftermath, 251

20: A BRIDE AS BAIT, 253

21: LOVE AND WAR, 266

22: THE TONGQIAO PALACE, 276

23. FUNERAL ORATION, 286

Suggestions for further reading, 292
The Author, 294
SleepingDragonBooks, 296
Excerpt from Agamemnon Must Die, 297
Excerpt from The Ingenious Judge Dee, A Play, 300
Excerpt from The Chinese Spymaster, 300
MAPS:
1. The Han Empire ca. 189 (de Crespiny), 3
2. Han dynastic decay: Warlords (de Crespiny), 57
3. The battle of Chibi (de Crespiny), 150
4. China under the Three Kingdoms (ChinaHistory
Forum.com), 252

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