China's great classic novel Outlaws of the Marsh, written in the fourteenth century, is a fictional account of twelfth-century events during the Song Dynasty. One by one, over a hundred men and women are forced by the harsh feudal officialdom to take to the hills. They band together and defeat every attempt of the government troops to crush them. Within this framework we find intrigue, adventure, murder, warfare, romance ... in a connected series of fascinating individual tales, told in the suspenseful manner of the traditional storyteller.
Shui Hu takes place during the later half of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is basically a collection of stories about 108 heroes and heroeins (sp?) who try to right injustices of local or national officials for the sake of the emperor who is not always aware that he is being helped by them. They eventually overcome much evil and are "pardoned" by the emperor. Immediately following this comes a much lesser known biographical novel about General Yue Fei who, like Liu Bei the Han relative in the Three Kingdoms novel, is more concernend about his personal honor than the welfare of the country and is eventually officially murdered by the corrupt, tratorious Prime Minister who has control over the stupid Song emperor and the empire pretty much falls to the Liao, Jin, and ultimately to the Yuan. If you have not read Shui Hu you miss much of the significance of the characters in this novel becase most of them are resurrected ,or offspring of, Shui Hu characters.
About CCC Book Club:
The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs targeting expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.
At the CCC' s Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!
Booklist: Click here to view the whole booklist of the past meetings.
CCC Book Club day group:
10:30 am, every third Wednesday of the month.
CCC Book Club Evening Group:
7:30 pm, every third Thursday of the month
Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.
Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.
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