A Chinese classic, retold in English: This podcast is an English retelling of the classic Chinese novel Water Margin (水浒传, aka Outlaws of the Marsh). It aims to tell the story in a way that is more accessible to audiences who are not already familiar with the novel or Chinese culture and literature in general.
Water Margin 069: Chicken
An act of petty theft quickly escalates into a grave insult against the Liangshan heroes, somehow.
Water Margin 068: Offal
Yang Xiong has a little heart-to-heart with his adulterous wife.
Water Margin 067: Rendezvous
Things heat up in Yang Xiong’s house, and on the dead-end street behind it.
Water Margin 066: Swine
In between carving up pig carcasses, Shi Xiu sniffs out some shenanigans in his new household.
Announcement: 2 Podcast Interviews
I recently did two interviews on other podcasts. The first is the Mandarin Slang Guide podcast, where we talked about some common Chinese expressions that had their roots in the characters and stories of the Three Kingdoms era. The second one is Journey to the West: The Podcast, where we had a long chat about classic Chinese novels and their cultural significance, including the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Water Margin, and of course, Journey to the West. Have a listen, and also check out the other episodes on those podcasts, too. If you like what I'm doing, you might be interested in those shows as well.
Water Margin 065: Brothers
A street brawl turns two strangers into bosom buddies.
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Classics Made Accessible
What a gift from John Zhu. He has brought to our Western ears the classic tales from Chinese literature in language that is understandable and yet maintained the essence of these complex stories. Without John’s great work I would not be able to discuss these classics and their many characters with Chinese friends.
A must for anyone interested history regardless that it’s fiction.
Reviewing this so more people see it. Loved Three Kingdoms & can see this will be just as good already. From Australia.
I’m a Johnny-come-lately devotee of John’s other podcast (3 Kingdoms). Thrilled this one has started and I can now listen as each episode arrives.