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Retell Romance of the Three Kingdoms through Podcast
   2017-02-17 15:30:38    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Shiyu

Just like George R.R.Martin's world-famous fantasy saga, the Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms is an epic, gritty, and sprawling tale glutted with violence and strategies.  [Covers:baidu.com]

 

 

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Discovering literature and following the stories behind your favourite authors, this is Ink&Quill, I am your host Yang Yong right here in Beijing.

If you are into something as epic, complicated, and plot-heavy as Game of Thrones, then the Chinese classic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, is a tour de force that you should not overlook.

Although the word romantic is in title, we very seldom see love in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Based on real person and events that took place during the 3rd century, this historical masterpiece is a gritty, sprawling tale glutted with both gore and strategy.

Best known as "San Guo Yan Yi" in Chinese, the saga is hailed as one of China's Four Great Classical Novels. Its influence on Chinese society is the equivalent of the influence that Shakespeare has in the western world.

Drawing inspiration from the Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors is a series of tacital action video games created by the Japanese game developer Koei. So far, it has been the company's most successful franchise. [Picture:bilibili.kankanews.com]

However, despite the popularity of the abundant TV shows, movies, and video games inspired by Romance of the Three Kingdoms, people seem to pay less attention to the original book.

Chinese-American John Zhu refuses to let it slide. Since 2014, this communication professional at Duke University has produced more than 100 podcasts to retell the legend of the three kingdoms.

In today's Ink&Quill, our reporter Shiyu talks with John Zhu, to find out what fuelled his interest and how he bridges this classic novel with non-Chinese audiences.

Their conversation touches on the following issues, including:

  • What is Romance of the Three Kingdoms?
  • How much of the novel is authentic history?
  • Cao Cao =Tywin Lannister?
  • Battle of Red Cliff
  • and much, much more

If you want to know more about his project, you could find out his podcast on Apple iTunes or download from his website: www.3kingdomspodcast.com

Or as John suggested, read the English edtion of the Three Kingdoms translated by Moss Roberts or visit this website for more information: http://www.threekingdoms.com/

Enjoy!

 

 
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