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 135: Next
Wrapping up the Water Margin Podcast and revealing my next project.
Water Margin 134: Epilogue
A number of our heroes are suddenly stricken by mysterious bouts of rheumatism, while others face something even worse.
Water Margin 133: Parting
Song Jiang continues his journey back to the capital, but how many of his brothers are coming with him?
Announcement: May 24 Live Interview
I will be part of a panel of Asian podcasters on Podbean’s Storytelling Podcast Week Live show on May 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. See outlawsofthemarsh.com for the registration link. See you there!
Water Margin 132: Tides
Fang La makes a desperate last stand against the Song forces.
Water Margin 131: Pincer
With the end of the campaign within reach, Song Jiang’s forces converge on the rebels’ palace.
This is an excellent retelling of one of the greatest Chinese novels. Since the novel was based on a prior tradition of storytelling, the story is perfectly suited to this sort of podcast. The narrator does a fantastic job bringing the novel to life. Centuries later, the story still seems exciting, funny, and very entertaining.
This novel also has a deeper side. By offering such a detailed description of numerous characters and their motivations, it provides fascinating insights into Chinese ethics and psychology that western listeners will find very alien, but which still affect the way that Chinese people act today. This is a first rate podcast.
So Grateful this Podcast Exists!
The author of the podcast is beyond excellent! Not only has a great sense of humor and throws in some funny jokes, he hits on every single part of the Water Margin. I’m currently reading the Water Margin for the first time and this podcast is the perfect companion. Absolutely grateful to have this podcast to listen to.
Fun!!’ And excellent story telling skills
What great way to learn Chinese culture and get through one of China’s Great 4 novels.
The narrator has such a good sense of humor.