Tale of a Scribe Who Retires to the Countryside

Alt title: Nakyangmunsajeon

Ch: 63
2020 - 2021
4.085 out of 5 from 868 votes
Rank #2,011
Tale of a Scribe Who Retires to the Countryside

A scholar who failed the national exams is picked up by a martial arts master and given the task to record his life into a book. Through their journey, Son Bin meets many great people and soon finds himself following the same path as the master, as the Martial Arts King.

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In one word,marvellous.It will be going to be a great manhwa in future because the way the story unfolds is remarkable.And also kudos to the translation team for their precise use of different metaphors,similes that made the manhwa more imposing and impressive.It was like a journey through a fairy tale. Here the manhwa depicts a scholar's(the mc Son Bin) journey through the murim world where he percieves the martial arts not himself as a practioner,but through the deeds and the practices of the martial arts king Sah Jahyouk.Sah jahyouk came to know from the mc that "If people don't know about any event,then it's the same as if it never happened" and so he wanted the mc to follow his journey and to write a book about him that will record his heroic deeds so that the future could remember him.Soon the mc agreed.But he remained clueless for sometime as he had no idea about martial arts,so he sought knowledge by observing Sahjyuk's training and wrote scribbled notes about his dark heaven martial arts and through compiling those notes into a book he gained enlightment which describes his growth in the martial arts and soon in future he follows the path of Sah Jahyouk. The growth of the mc is slow but still its amusing to watch. Other characters also feel human with their flawed nature,but we still don't know about the past of many characters. Still I am a bit disappointed in the art especially in the fight scenes where its a lacking a lot,but I think its improving. But I expect great from this manhwa in future and I highly recommend it.


I have enjoyed the story till the point I have read. The start was sudden but still interesting where he is actually following his role as a scribe. I have also enjoyed all the characters added to the story because most have sensible background and stories. However, I am almost close to dropping this now because of how horrible the MC seems in my opinion atleast.  The MC is not some overpowered character but he is competent and well aware of the fact that his skills or ability are above average atleast. Despite being aware of this the MC neither acts in a way that would make him seem like a scholar who properly judges different situations and he also does not take action in time when he clearly can. Instead he stands around dumb founded making no amazing observations and just letting the situation unfold.  Now my review may certainly feel biased but based on recent chapters that I have read, the MC is trash because he doesn't act despite having the ability. I find the side characters to be more pro active and will read some more chapters. I genuinely hope there is some change in MC and the story improves further. I'll update my review once I catch up on more chapters to increase my rating or mark it 1 star to warn everyone. ====== Updated I have caught upto to the latest chapters now. MC is still mostly similar - aware of his skills but reluctant to use them and lacking in showing scholarly behaviour or deep insight. But looking at the overall story it's worth reading if you have the time and don't focus only on the MC. No change to rating though it's above average but there are more interesting stories to read first. 

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