Friday, May 7, 2010

#243 Taiwan...Thanks Alan!

Chunghwa Post is following up with a fourth set and a souvenir sheet in its Chinese Classic Novel "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" series featuring "Shooting An Arrow at the Halberd beside the Gate of the Camp","Commenting on Heroes over Wine","Zhou Yu's Anger at Being Tricked by Zhuge Liang Three Times" and "Holding Meng Huo Captive Seven Times".

Romance of the Three Kingdoms (simplified Chinese: 三国演义; traditional Chinese: 三國演義; pinyin: sānguó yǎnyì), written by Luo Guanzhong in the 14th century, is a Chinese historical novel based upon events in the turbulent years near the end of the Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms era of China, starting in 169 and ending with the reunification of the land in 280.

It is acclaimed as one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, with a total of 800,000 words, nearly a thousand dramatic characters, most of them historical, in 120 chapters.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, like the dramas and folk stories of its day, features Liu Bei and his kingdom as the protagonist; hence the depiction of the people in Shu-Han was glorified. The antagonists, Cao Cao, Sun Quan and their kingdoms, on the other hand, were often denigrated. This suited the political climate in the Ming Dynasty, unlike in the Jin Dynasty, when Cao Wei was considered the legitimate successor to the Han Dynasty.

Some non-historical scenes in the novel have become well-known and entered traditional Chinese culture.Many Chinese proverbs in use today are derived from the novel and the story has been told in numerous forms including television series, manga and video games.