I love to read and can get very attached to my opinions, but recently I've been learning not to completely lose my head when people disagree with me, so feel safe to argue with me whenever you wish ;)
Finished after four months. If my reading of this was a labor of love, I can't even begin to imagine the effort that must have gone into such a masterpiece.
Still mulling it over, but here are some interesting links:
And one of my favorite scene of the novel, on pg. 310:
From a point of vantage, Cao Xing drew his bow and, sighting true, shot Xiaohou Dun in the left eye. Bellowing in pain, Xiahou Dun plucked out the arrow; the eyeball had stuck fast to the point. "The essence of my parents cannot be thrown away," he cried, and swallowed the eye.Then he went for Cao Xing and speared him in the face before he could defend himself. Cao Xing fell dead from his horse. The spectacle left both sides aghast.