The Three Kingdoms, Volume 2: The Sleeping Dragon: The Epic Chinese Tale of Loyalty and War in a Dynamic New Translation (with Footnotes)
Ronald C. Iverson
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This exciting new translation with footnotes is more readable than past versions and will appeal to modern readers.
The Three Kingdoms is an epic Chinese novel written over six centuries ago. It recounts in vivid historical detail the turbulent years at the close of the Han Dynasty, when China broke into three competing kingdoms and over half the population were either killed or driven from their homes. Part myth, part fact, readers will experience the loyalty and treachery, the brotherhood and rivalry of China's legendary heroes and villains during the most tumultuous period in Chinese history.
Considered the greatest work in classic Chinese literature, The Three Kingdoms is read by millions throughout Asia today. Seen not just as a great work of art, many Chinese view it as a guide to success in life and business as well as a work that offers great moral clarity—while many foreigners read it to gain insights into Chinese society and culture. From the saga of The Three Kingdoms, readers will learn how great warriors motivate their troops and enhance their influence, while disguising their weaknesses and turning the strengths of others against them.
This second volume introduces Liu Bei's greatest ally, his advisor Zhuge Lian—a master strategist whose clever strategies allows Liu Bei to claim many victories in the never-ending battle for dominance during the Warring States period in Chinese history.
would be happy and the throne would be secure. “I am leaving you this brief note now and after purifying myself with fasting and fragrant baths, I will come again to bow before your honored presence and receive enlightenment.” Having written the letter and given it to the host, Liu Bei politely took his leave, inwardly quite disappointed at this second failure. As he was mounting, he saw the serving lad waving to someone outside the hedge and heard him call out, “The old master is here.” Liu
both sides of you, ready to take your life to avenge the death of our Pang Tong.” Li Yan hastened to dismount, threw aside his armor, and yielded. Not a man of his was hurt. He was conducted to Liu Bei, whose affable attitude immediately won his heart, so he offered to try to persuade Fei Guan to forfeit his allegiance to Liu Zhang. “Though he is related to Liu Zhang, he and I are very close friends. Let me go and persuade him.” Li Yan was thus sent back to the city to induce his friend to
out for Hefei. Meanwhile, Zhang Liao was grieving over the loss of Wancheng, when Cao Cao sent a small casket sealed by his own hand with the words, If rebels come, open this, written on the outside. So when he received the news of the coming of a powerful army, Zhang Liao opened the casket and read the letter inside, which said: “If Sun Quan comes to attack Hefei, Zhang Liao and Li Dian are to go out to oppose him and Yue Jin is to guard the city.” Zhang Liao showed the letter to his two
a man of poor learning I should be pleased to introduce you to my master so that you can discuss weighty plans together.” “But he is my chief advisor,” interrupted Liu Bei, “and I cannot do without him, not even for a moment. He cannot go.” Lu Su pressed him. Liu Bei pretended to refuse permission. “It is important—I pray you give me leave to go,” said Zhuge Liang at last. Only then did Liu Bei consent. And they soon took leave and the two set out by boat for Sun Quan’s headquarters. A
and to capture their weapons. The three left. Then Zhuge Liang said to Liu Qi, “Wuchang is a place of strategic importance. Please return to your own city and station your troops on the bank. Some of Cao Cao’s defeated men will flee there and you can capture them. But you are not to leave the city without the best of reasons.” And Liu Qi, too, took his leave. Then Zhuge Liang said to Liu Bei, “You, my lord, can station your troops in Fankou and sit calmly and watch how Zhou Yu wins this great