The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliffs): Selected and Translated from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms ~Hock Tjoa
Epic, strategic, fiery and brutal battles with hundreds of thousands of men, intrigue, betrayal after betrayal, loyalty and beheading, and fascinating Chinese history, philosophy and culture is presented in this saga translated by historian and scholar on Chinese thought, Hock Tjoa. Clearly, it took an epic amount of energy and time to complete the task of translating the selected chapters from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. A scholarly accomplishment, no doubt a highly valuable contribution to the understanding of Chinese history and political thought.
I had very little Chinese history awareness so each thread of this scholarly achievement was new information.
Reading was difficult due to the nature of the story: many characters I couldn’t keep straight, who did what, when and how it related to previous loyalty and betrayal, was a effort I didn’t have the stamina to keep up with. It’s a difficult read but I finished it, a chapter or two at a time, with a gritted determination.
Well worth the time spent reading to get an overall picture of the end of the Han Dynasty and a glimpse into the magnitude of man’s drive to conquer and rule.
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