Based upon the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this Chinese equivalent of the English classic Robin Hood and His Merry Men is an epic tale of rebellion against tyranny and has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. This edition of the classic J. H. Jackson translation features a new preface and introduction by Edwin Lowe, which gives the history of the book and puts the story into perspective for modern readers. First translated into English by Pearl S. Buck in 1933 as All Men Are Brothers, the original edition of the J.H. Jackson translation appeared under the title The Water Margin in 1937. In this updated edition, Edwin Lowe addresses many of the shortcomings found in the original J.H. Jackson translation, and replaces the original grit and flavor of Shuihui Zhuan found in Chinese versions, including the sexual seduction, explicit descriptions of brutality and barbarity, and the profane voices of the thieving, scheming, drinking, fighting, pimping lower classes of Song Dynasty China. Similarly, the Chinese deities, Bodhisattvas, gods and demons have reclaimed their true names, as has the lecherous, over-sexed and ill-fated Ximen Qing. All of which was sanitized out when first published in 1937. While Chinese in origin, the themes of The Water Margin are universal enough that it has served as a source of inspiration for numerous movies, television shows and video games up to the present day.
When battle lines are drawn, both on the field and in the home, the LiangShan bandits face their first great test: they must take action against those who seek to dishonor or destroy them, but they must also remember to act honorably. Can the bandits trust one another with their lives? Can they trust one another to do the right thing?
Violence and upheaval are regular features of life in the rugged outskirts of China under the Song Dynasty, and nothing comes under threat as often as family. Whether by choice or by chance, families can be ripped apart with frightening suddenness, and not even Kui Li's superhuman strength can put things right.
The legendary account of 108 Stars from Heaven who, faced with a corrupt bureaucracy, flee to Liangshan Marsh, from a fortress there thwarting minions of the evil regime while continuing to serve the emperor. In its mix of politics, military tactics, action, martial arts, magic, and even the bawdy (the chapters on Wu Song laying the groundwork for Jin Ping Mei), this beloved novel is an unsurpassed classic in any language.
Song Wu is already notorious for his aggressive nature. Now, a duel with a tiger will catapult him from notoriety to legend. JinLian Pan is a woman resigned to spending her life in a loveless marriage. But when Song Wu arrives in her home, he will come to know an entirely different kind of predator.
In the days of the Song Dynasty, government corruption is rampant, and the enemies of a ruthless schemer named Qui Gao are driven out of power and into the untamed countryside of China. There they encounter 108 mischievous spirits who have taken root in the form of bandits and thieves who are about to make life very difficult for Qui Gao.