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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Ayame » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:37 am

How many volumes does it come in( depending on version)? I was wanting to read it soon.
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Tao Qian » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:49 am

It completely depends on Version, for unabridged version, 4, 5 for Moss Roberts like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Kingdoms-Ch ... e+kingdoms

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005NU97V0/ref ... LXPWGK242W

The one of C.H.Brewitt Taylor comes in 2
http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Three-Kin ... e+kingdoms

And there is one from www.threekingdoms.com that if you don-t want to print it yourself, is in 4:
http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Three-Kin ... e+kingdoms


These are the ones that I know, maybe the more veterans know more. There are also ebook versions as well.
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Aygor » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:59 am

In the first post of this topic James described many options to buy the noveland their pros and cons, you can find lots of useful information there :D

Personally I'd suggest a Rober Moss translation it is smoother and uses the more common pinyin names (it comes down to personal preference though);I would also suggest to buy an unabridged version, I personally don't see the point of reading an incomplete book.
I have the 4 volume paperback edition Tao Qian linked, which is fine.
I also know of a hardcover 5 volumes edition, beautiful but very expensive.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... gsarch-20/

@Tao Qian I never knew of the 5 volume paperback edition you linked, do you know wheter there is more content than the 4 volume paperback one (notes/maps) other then the chinese text?
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Tao Qian » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:13 pm

Aygor wrote:
@Tao Qian I never knew of the 5 volume paperback edition you linked, do you know wheter there is more content than the 4 volume paperback one (notes/maps) other then the chinese text?


Yeah, it is illustrated with these kind of images:

http://tresreinos.es/wp-content/uploads ... _Hulao.png

And it has some maps too. A friend of mine bought it and it looks fine, paper is a bit thin for my taste but the rest is fine, I'm thinking in buying it.
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Aygor » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:59 pm

Tao Qian wrote:Yeah, it is illustrated with these kind of images:

http://tresreinos.es/wp-content/uploads ... _Hulao.png

A friend of mine bought it and it looks fine, paper is a bit thin for my taste but the rest is fine, I'm thinking in buying it.


I checked the illustrations in the 4 volumes edition to see if there was that picture, it turns out it has (1st volume, 91st page) a different illustration of that scene but although details differ the characters are all in the exact same position and stance.
Funnily enough I assumed for no apparent reason that all the Moss Roberts translations had the same illustration (just, maybe, more in the 5 volume editions) and did not expect them to be different; I also did not expect different portraits of the same scene to be so similiar, the iconography seems to be tight.
Paper is kinda thin in the 4 volume edition too unfortunately.

EDIT: looking for illustrations, I found this GORGEUS edition
http://www.foliosociety.com/book/THK/three-kingdoms
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Kong Wen » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:04 pm

Aygor wrote:EDIT: looking for illustrations, I found this GORGEUS edition
http://www.foliosociety.com/book/THK/three-kingdoms

Uh-oh...
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Tao Qian » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:53 pm

Aygor wrote:
I checked the illustrations in the 4 volumes edition to see if there was that picture, it turns out it has (1st volume, 91st page) a different illustration of that scene but although details differ the characters are all in the exact same position and stance.
Funnily enough I assumed for no apparent reason that all the Moss Roberts translations had the same illustration (just, maybe, more in the 5 volume editions) and did not expect them to be different; I also did not expect different portraits of the same scene to be so similiar, the iconography seems to be tight.
Paper is kinda thin in the 4 volume edition too unfortunately.

EDIT: looking for illustrations, I found this GORGEUS edition
http://www.foliosociety.com/book/THK/three-kingdoms


:o It's a pity that I don't have 150 pounds to spend...

Well, there are a lot of different possible illustrations after so many centuries and most of them are public domain so they can choose the ones that they prefer, I like a lot the ones of this Chinese version (viewtopic.php?f=5&t=22812&p=577930&hilit=illustrations#p577930), like this one:

http://tresreinos.es/wp-content/uploads ... apital.jpg

That are included in this ebook and in my Spanish version as well:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HGUCZKA
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Aygor » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:57 am

Kong Wen wrote:
Aygor wrote:EDIT: looking for illustrations, I found this GORGEUS edition
http://www.foliosociety.com/book/THK/three-kingdoms

Uh-oh...

You know you need it :D

Tao Qian wrote: :o It's a pity that I don't have 150 pounds to spend...

I know right? I hate it when funds hold my bibliophily back..
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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby billbunter » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Sorry for a silly question but I am easily confused. Is there a three volume UCP edition Hardback edition of the Moss Roberts translation? I have vol III dated 1994. Or would this be part of the four volume set? it ends in a poem and the preceeding words are 'marking the highlights of the era'

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Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (SGYY) Purchase and Book I

Unread postby Tao Qian » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:44 pm

No idea, there are so many poems in the book, but the easiest way to check would be the number of chapters, the book has 120. So if the last chapter on your volume is 120, this is the last volume.
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