Lavishly illustrated in full color and based on the classic Chinese play Xixiang Ji by Wang Shifu, The History of the West Wing tells of the illicit romance between the daughter of a Chinese government official and the roaming scholar who seeks to win her hand. But before he can turn his attentions to his ladylove, the young man must win the heart of her mother! When it seems even heroic deeds in the face of murderous bandits will not please the strict matriarch, the young man goes off to become a civil servant. Will he return in time to marry his true love?
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The artwork is simply stunning! Based on a classic Chinese romance, the story itself feels like it relies too much on the reader's familiarity with the source material. It is very sparse and this book perhaps works best if you think of the story as a vehicle to showcase the incredible art. And the art is incredible. The artist makes fabulous use of color and has a striking attention to detail. What life this story does have comes from the art.Highly recommended as an art book. The writing itself is ultimately rather forgettable.
This is a truly spectacular book, not only is the story amazing but the art work is just out of this world. All of the full color pages are done in such a beautiful way that you cannot help but be transfixed. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a wonderful story, it would make a great gift as well.