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Re(4):Legend of Condor heroes English release
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[QUOTE]Legend of Condor Heroes talk[/QUOTE] It took a legendary wuxia hero to make me post again on the Cafe, but it is well worth it! I had heard about this official translation, but didn't know it was already available to the public. It is not the first work from Louis Cha/Jin Yong translated to English ([URL=https://www.amazon.es/Deer-Cauldron-Book-Martial-Novel/dp/0195903234]The Deer and the Claudron[/URL], [URL=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1288260.Fox_Volant_of_the_Snowy_Mountain]Fox Volant on the Snowy Mountain[/URL], [URL=https://www.amazon.com/Book-Sword-Martial-Novels-Louis/dp/0195907272]The Book and the Sword[/URL], come to mind), but it sure is great news to hear that there's at last an official English version of the so called Condor (or Eagle Shooting) Heroes Trilogy! There already were pretty decent fan translations out there for the whole trilogy, an herculean task if there ever was one, specially if done without any monetary compensation. Years ago I had the immense pleasure to read the first two books thanks to these fan translations, back when e-readers where still not a thing and I had to print out more than 1200 pages (double sided!) to have the whole thing in a readable format. But it was well worth the effort! To this day, Eagle Shooting Heroes and its sequel, return of Eagle Shooting Heroes, remains one of my favorite books ever. One of my favorite stories ever, I should say, because the thing is equally enjoyable on any of its [URL=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109688/]multiple live action adaptations[/URL], or even in manga form,. Some of the most gorgeous Chinese comics I've ever seen were adaptations of Eagle Shooting Heroes. In fact, that's how I came to know the story for the first time, thanks to Tony Wong's [URL=https://www.amazon.com/Legendary-Couple-Vol-1/dp/1588991911]Legendary Couple[/URL]. Ah, but I digress. Arguably, Eagle Shooting Heroes is the best work from Louis Cha/Jin Ying. At least, it sure is the most famous and memorable, by far. And for good reason. If you like classic kung fu flicks, you'll just love this thing. If you also have a thing for Chinese culture and ancient traditions, then you're in for a treat like no other. I cannot recommend these novels enough. Some of the characters you'll find there will stick with you for years to come. Where else could you find people called Poison of the West and Evil of the East, and where else the place to be for the fashionable gentlemen South of the Yangtse river could be a tavern named The Drunken Goddess Pavilion? But, then again, and even leaving aside the issue of the adequateness of this new translation, don't expect high literature here. This is not a bad story by any means, but it is what it is: a pulp fiction tale, and it is enjoyable and fun to read just like that. You should know what you are getting into. If you have read Romance of Three Kingdoms, Journey to the West or Outlaws of the Marsh (i.e. Suikoden), you are in for a similar treat, but with a more up to date narrative. You'll find the same endless fighting, the same larger-than-life characters, and the same kind of bombastic super-hero action here. Only that, in this case, the plot actually goes somewhere and the characters don't remain the same for thousands of chapters. In many senses, it feels like reading a Chinese version of what Alexandre Dumas did with his Three Musketeers' saga. Legend of the Eagle Shooting Heroes (and all of Louis Cha works for what's worth) has pretty much the same pseudo-historical tidbits, the swashbuckling action and all the serialized story flavor that classic Dumas novels have. Well, I could continue for hours on end, but you get the catch. tl; dr: if campy kung-fu action is right up your alley, this is the stuff of dreams, my friend. You have my word. And, as they use to say south of the Yangtse: "The word of a gentleman... not even a hundred horses can move it!"
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