The Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature
Apr 18, 2023
The Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, also known as the Four Great Masterpieces or the Four Great Books, are a group of four novels that are considered to be the most important and influential works of fiction in Chinese literature.
The four novels are: "Journey to the West," "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," "Water Margin," and "Dream of the Red Chamber." Each novel is unique in its themes, characters, and style, but all four are highly regarded for their literary merit, cultural significance, and enduring popularity.
"Journey to the West" is an epic adventure story that follows the journey of a Buddhist monk named Xuanzang and his companions, including the famous Monkey King, as they travel from China to India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures.
"Romance of the Three Kingdoms" is a historical novel that chronicles the events of the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history (AD 220-280), and tells the story of the rise and fall of various kingdoms and their leaders.
"Water Margin" is a tale of rebellion and heroism, set during the Song dynasty (AD 960-1279), and tells the story of a group of outlaws who fight against corruption and injustice.
"Dream of the Red Chamber" is a tragic love story set in the Qing dynasty (AD 1644-1912), and explores themes of love, family, and social status in traditional Chinese society.
Together, these four novels represent some of the finest examples of Chinese literature, and have had a profound impact on Chinese culture and society. They have been adapted into numerous plays, films, and television series, and continue to be read and appreciated by people around the world.