Water Margin is well-known as one of the four greatest Chinese novels in history.It tells stories of a group of heroes,who stand for different classes of people daring to struggle against the evil.There are 105 men and 3 women in all,who are oppressed by the currupt and unjust official and then rise up.These stories take place at the end of the North Song period,describing various vivid pictures of farmers' uprising full of love and hate,ties of friendship, kind and enmity,etc.The heroes do lots of good deeds to help the poor by blundering the evil.But later,they surround themselves to the official,obeying to fight with other kingdoms.Finally,most of them die or hurt badly.
About Lin Ch'ung
Lin Ch'ung is a good and understanding person,having a very beautiful wife. One day,when they are visiting a temple,Kao Ya-nei son of Mr.Lin's boss,loves Lin's wife at the first sight and wants to get her. But Lin won't allow and his father-in-law also refuses all wedding invitations from Kao Ya-nei. Kao cheats Lin to sell him a sword and prisons him because of his murdering intention.Then Kao sends two persons to kill Lin,but they failed.With the help of Lu Chih-shen,Lin's new friend,also a hero,Lin Ch'ung kills the person who's about to set fire,goes to Mountain Liang eventually.
Water Margin was written in the 14th century and has been reproduced under many different names such as Outlaws of the Marsh, All Men are Brothers and The Marshes of Mount Liang. It is based on the exploits of the outlaw Song Jiang and his 36 companions, a group of rebels who were eventually forced to surrender to the government in 1121. The story's influence has spread far and wide. It has been translated into many different languages, and new translations were still being made even as recently as 1980. In 1827 when a Japanese artist was commissioned to create woodblock prints based on the 108 heroes, the work was so popular that it brought about a craze for multicolored pictorial tattoos that covered the entire body from neck to mid-thigh, which are still being done today. There have been comics, movies and television shows based on Water Margin. Parts of the story have even been featured or referenced in video games and you can often find artwork inspired by the book being used on wedding invitations, postcards and other places. The part of Water Margin told and illustrated here with beautiful water color paintings is The Story of Lin Ch'ong, which is roughly chapters 7-12 of Water Margin.