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A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win

by Eleanor Noss Whitney

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    The Book of Mah jong: An Illustrated Guide by Amy Lo (msaari)
    msaari: Whitney's book explains classical Japanese mahjong, Lo's book explains the Hong Kong and other Chinese styles (including Cantonese aka Old Style, Shanghai aka New Style and 16-tile Taiwanese).
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    The Red Dragon & The West Wind: The Winning Guide to Official Chinese & American Mah-Jongg by Tom Sloper (msaari)
    msaari: Whitney covers classic Japanese mah jong, while Sloper's book covers two other important styles of mah jong: American Mah-Jongg and Chinese Official competition mahjong. Both books complement each other well.
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Mah Jong (as it is spelled here) is a wonderful game, but scoring is incredibly complex, at least the classical version. This may be a bit simpler, but it doesn't gibe at all with how my mother-in-law in China counts the score. If I have to pick, I'll go with my mother-in-law. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 17, 2016 |
Mahjong is a popular Chinese game, which was a huge fad in the Western world in 1920s and has since lived through waves of popularity. Currently the game is on the rise again. This handbook is from 1960's, but still very much worth reading. The copy I have says it's first printing from 1964, but I believe 2007 is the correct year.

Whitney covers a form of mahjong that was current in the 1960's, the Japanese classical mahjong. The game isn't played that way in Japan anymore, the more modern riichi mahjong is much more popular there, but it doesn't make this book obsolete (unless you're looking for information on mahjong as played in Japan today), because classical Japanese mahjong is a good mahjong rule set for beginners.

This handbook is a good choice for beginners: the rules explained in the book are simple and sensible, the presentation is excellent and the new edition looks really smart. Whitney covers the basic rules, scoring, offers plenty of alternative and optional rules to spice up the game and the book even has a pretty strong section on beginner mahjong strategy.

So, if you've got a mahjong set and want to learn how to play (perhaps your set came with rules you can't understand), getting Whitney's handbook is a good idea.

(Review of A Mah Jong Handbook at Mikko reads) ( )
  msaari | Aug 26, 2008 |
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As a comprehensive publication for gaining proficiency in this Oriental game, this handbook gives "variations and additions to the official game and some hints to clarify the fundamentals of strategy useful to all players".--"Pensacola News-Journal".

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