The Broken Seals: Part One of the "Marshes of Mount Liang"

The Broken Seals: Part One of the "Marshes of Mount Liang"


By (author) Shi Nai'an, By (author) Luo Guanzhong, Translated by John Dent-Young, Translated by Alan Dent-Young

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  • Publisher: The Chinese University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Hong Kong
  • ISBN 10: 9622016022
  • ISBN 13: 9789622016026
  • Sales rank: 526,483

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When Marshal Hong breaks the seals which generations of Taoist Masters have placed on the temple doors to hold back 108 incarcerated Demon Princes, powerful forces of disorder are released. One after another, brave men fall out with officialdom and are obliged to join the brotherhood of the rivers and lakes -- the mixed company of heroes and vagabonds who live by their wits and their fighting skills. The story of "The Broken Seals" branches this way and that, following first one hero, then another, as their paths converge and part, until finally 108 brave -- but not entirely admirable -- men are united at the outlaws' stronghold in the Marshes of Mount Liang. The story takes us through the vast landscape of imperial China. We hear of epic duels, gargantuan feasts, and cunning ambushes, and we witness injustice, betrayal, murder and revenge. We are told also of the beauty of the moon during Mid-Autumn Festival or of the snow, crisp underfoot on a stormy night in the country.This volume consists of the first twenty-two chapters of the full 120-chapter version of the classic Chinese novel by Shi Nai'an and Luo Guanzhong. It is the first English translation based on this version that includes much of the verse. It offers the English reader something of the liveliness and humor of a work which has delighted generations of Chinese readers.

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John Dent-Young has taught in Burma, Sri Lanka, Spain, and Thailand, and at present is lecturer in English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.Alex Dent-Young works as a translator with Baker and Mckenzie in Hong Kong