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Luo Guanzhong

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Very little is known about Lo the man, and even the extent of his participation in the works bearing his name is in some doubt. All we can say for certain is that he lived during the transition from Yuan to Ming dynasties, hailed from T'ai-yuan (in Shansi Province), and spent at least part of his näytä lisää adult life in Hangchow. There, he authored three dramas, one of which survives, and worked on two historical narratives that eventually became the famous fiction masterpieces "Outlaws of the Marsh" and "Romance of the Three Kingdoms". Traditionally, Lo is given as the first author of the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", whereas he is listed as secondary author after Shih Nai-an for "Outlaws of the Marsh". However, it seems probable that he was actually the primary writer of both. He based the first on the historical work "Account of the Three Kingdoms", about events following the breakup of the Han empire (168--265), and based the second on storyteller's material compiled by Shih about a legendary band of outlaws active during the reign of Hui-tsung in the Northern Sung (1101-1125). Nevertheless, in deference to tradition, "Outlaws of the Marsh" will be discussed under the entry for Shih Nai-an. Lo's main contribution to Chinese literature in the Three Kingdoms epic is in taking incidents recorded in history and long borrowed by the storytelling tradition, and molding them into a coherent chronological narrative. In the process, he attempts to sift out the patently false or exaggerated elements while maintaining liveliness and artistic interest. His goal seems to have been to reach a wide reading audience with his lessons, while not pandering to vulgar cravings for Taoist magicians' stunts or Buddhist popular proofs of retribution in the workings of history. Instead, he invites his readers to reflect on how ambition affects different human characters at a time when the stakes are very high---a dynastic title is the prize. Lo's is a complex vision of reality; his heroes are not rigidly black or white, and virtue is not necessarily rewarded. But his universe is not without laws, and his portrayal of events illustrates the Confucian belief that one's actions determine the outcome of events. According to a younger contemporary, Lo was a shy and retiring man. Perhaps his personal modesty is mirrored by the style of his great narrative, which is generally lacking in rhetorical flourish, but yet not highly colloquial---a kind of simplified classical Chinese. With his plain style and sober attention to historical fact, the result could have been a dry chronicle; but such was Lo's passion for his subject, and his ability to achieve character that generations of Chinese readers have seen the Three Kingdoms period through his eyes and even today admire his heroes and hate his villains. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms (1300) 1,222 kappaletta
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 1 (2002) — Tekijä — 327 kappaletta
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 2 (2002) — Tekijä — 185 kappaletta
Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel (Abridged Edition) (1999) — Tekijä — 26 kappaletta
Les trois royaumes, Tome 3 : (1992) 9 kappaletta
Les trois royaumes -tome 1 (1992) 7 kappaletta
Outlaws of the Marsh 7 kappaletta
Les trois royaumes, Tome 1 : (2009) 7 kappaletta
Les trois royaumes, Tome 2 : (2009) 5 kappaletta
The Outlaws of the Marsh, v2 (2007) 4 kappaletta
Kolmevalitsus. II kd. 3 kappaletta
Kolmevalitsus. I kd. 3 kappaletta
三国演义 (2007) 2 kappaletta
三國演義 (2016) 2 kappaletta
Outlaws of the Marsh Vol 1 & 2 (1981) 2 kappaletta
三国演义 少年版 (2000) 1 kappale
2.6 Quantitative Analysis (1988) 1 kappale
三国演义(青少版) (2013) 1 kappale
Sangokushi engi. 3 (2014) 1 kappale
Three Kingdoms vol 1 (2004) 1 kappale
Die drei Reiche 1 kappale
Il Romanzo dei Tre Regni (2022) 1 kappale
Sam kok jilid 1 1 kappale
Ĉe akvorando (2004) 1 kappale
Ping Yao Zhuan 1 kappale
Sam kok jilid 4 1 kappale
Sam kok jilid 3 1 kappale

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Dynasty Warriors [2021 film] (2021) — Original book — 2 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
Loh Kwan Tsjoeng
Virallinen nimi
Muut nimet
Lo Kuan-Chung
Luo Ben (birth name)
Luo Guanzhong
1315 (circa)
1400 (circa)



****Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Year long group read, 2021 Category Challenge (lokakuuta 2021)
Group Read, February 2020: The Water Margin, 1001 Books to read before you die (toukokuu 2020)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 1001 Books to read before you die (elokuu 2011)
Three Kingdoms - Read along, Ancient China (syyskuu 2008)


ISBN: 3-107111-7-11
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Sanakan | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 25, 2024 |
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a 15th-century novelization of the events of China's 3rd-century Three Kingdoms period. The novel revolves around Liu "Xuande" Bei and his chief minister Zhuge "Kongming" Liang as they combat Cao Cao, a Chinese prime minister who has made the Imperial family his puppet rulers. Mixed into this is the sometimes-ally sometimes-enemy Sun clan, whose Southland has declared independence from the declining Imperial court. While much of the book revolves around military tactics (which here is often outright trickery), the later stages of the book pit Xuande's loyalty to his two oath-brothers against his desire for good strategy and administration (the latter of which is almost always backed by Kongming). As historical novelizations do, this account attributes conversations and emotions to characters that could not possibly be known, but the author stays pretty true to historical events and timelines. Unlike in many modern novels, all of the main characters in this story grow feeble and die--not just in physical stature, but also in mental acuity, which is a little heartbreaking to read. While I generally gravitate toward more modern works, I definitely appreciated this book in its context as one of the great works of Chinese literature.… (lisätietoja)
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Phrim | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 8, 2024 |
only read 50 pages...o my.. maybe a classic ... but too many names to follow and so forth. I need a structure - a little bit please!
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apende | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 12, 2022 |
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