Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a novel by Luo Guanzhong. It is fictionalized version of historical events set during the end of the Han dynasty. It is considered one of the Chinese classic novels, and the best known outside of China.


The main characters are Liu Bei and his pact-brothers, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei. The story mostly follows their quest to restore the Han Dynasty by unseating the corrupt Cao Cao and defeating the powerful Sun family. On occasion, the story will focus on the Cao and Sun clans to show the events in other parts of China.


The book was compiled over many years, rather than being written at once. Luo Guanzhong talked to local historians in different parts of China and used their accounts to write it. After he died, his followers put the chapters together in order for the first time.


As far as historical events, the book is mostly accurate. However, Luo Guanzhong depicts some characters as having magical powers or superhuman skills. He also overlooks some people who he did not think were important