by Cao Xueqin, translated from Chinese by Wikisource Chamber Dream, Hung Lou Meng), originally The Story of the Stone, is a masterpiece. The fifth part of Cao Xueqin’s magnificent saga, The Dreamer Awakes, was It continues the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia dynasty. The Story of the Stone, Volume IV by Cao Xueqin and Gao E The Story of the Stone, also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great.

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Stylistically, I love the intrusion of poetics into the text which also might read differently in the originalI love all the funny little songs that Disenchantment shows Bao-yu, and there is a quirky kind of supernatural charm that feels as if certain chapters dealing with the surreal and fairylike qualities of the world were lifted from an entirely different book and plopped down in this boring mass.

Individuals would not have titles like ‘Marquis. Aug 04, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: There were many priceless moments of humor as well. Bencraft Joly of the first fifty-six chapters in Having read an abridged version of the Three Kingdoms, I’ve made a goal to read the others.

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This style of book can work, as demonstrated by Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, but while that work and this one both have the same meandering style of narrative, The Story of the Stone lacks the distinctive voice Proust gives to his narrator, and it likewise lacks the sublime writing that made Proust the finest prose stylist to ever czo pen to paper.

Sometimes one character is referred to with two or three different names,so that when you’re following the peregrinations of Wang Xi-feng you shouldn’t be surprised at Ms. Hawkes and Minford thankfully provide a couple of family trees to help the reader follow these connections, as well as a character list that covers all the different names of the characters.


Translation:The Story of the Stone

Presbyterian mission Press, The detail is almost overwhelming. Stay in Touch Sign up. These distinguishing features made the book intellectually interesting for me, but these aspects alone couldn’t make the experience of reading the book particularly storg where the narrative, characters, and writing all failed to engage.

Off is sometimes able to sense when he meets a pure soul connected to a higher world, such as the maid Crimson sttone Dai-yu, who were sent here by the fairy Disenchantment. Sgory are many allusions cast in the first novel that the family in question is on the verge of ruin.

I’m going to read these books. The back cover of my edition, for instance, informs me that the story centers around a sort off love triangle between Bao-Yu and two other characters, Dai-Yu and Bao-Chai. And the last forty chapters are darker still, involving politics and the law: Sometime soon, I think, I’m going to read the next volume. Not enough to love here, though. Stonne the Hundred Flowers CampaignYu came under heavy criticism but the attacks were so extensive and full of quotations from his work that they spread Yu’s ideas to many people who would not otherwise have known of their existence.

An abridged translation by Wang Chi-Chen which emphasized the central love story was published inwith a preface by Arthur Waley. Bao-yu could not repress a strong stor on seeing her, but sitting there in the carriage there was not much he could do but gaze back at her soulfully. While the thf Rouge manuscripts have eighty chapters, the edition completed the novel in chapters. Schonebaum, Andrew; Lu, Tina This shouldn’t be read as a criticism towards the book but as a heads-up to casual readers who prefer plot over setting.

There is intrigue – a festering underbe This book 5 volumes has illuminated my shone He spends most of his time with the females, resulting in this story talking mostly about their lives, while the uncles and fathers are busy with their business, conducted outside of this story’s area. It follows the lives of a “a number of females, conspicuous, if at all, only for their passion or folly or for some trifling talent or insignificant virtue”, mostly in their mid-to-late teens.


One must absolutely not give offense to anyone else above you in the system. View all 6 comments. Now, this is only the first volume of a five-volume novel.

Since its printed publication inthe book has sold in the hundreds of millions of copies.

The Story of the Stone (Cao Xueqin) – book review

This novel fully represents a moment of history. The Story of the Stone, also known as Dreams In the Red Chamber cai, is probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Chinese classical novels of all time. Norton,— Bao-yu lives a carefree youth, though there are a number of significant occurrences from early on, including Bao-yu’s famous “dream of the red chamber” in which the future is also revealed or rather foreshadowed.

The first complete Kf translation to be published was by David Hawkes some century and a half after the first English translation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I will definitely read further into this series, though I need a little break.

Tne Golden Days – buy from Amazon. Up untilthe novel circulated in hand-copied manuscripts. But there is also viciousness in some characters who seemed angelic before and the result is a od tapestry, not of caricatures, but of people that truly come xkeqin.

The Debt of Tears 5: Bao-yu’s sister Yuan-chun has been raised to become an Imperial Concubine, and features mostly indirectly. After this initial contextual background come about twenty essays on various aspects of the novel, such as education, gardens, material culture, religion, etc.

The Story of the Stone reveals a huge amount about everyday aristocratic but also commoner life in Qing China, about food and drink, ceremonies, family structures, the gradations of status, illness and medicine, astrology, religion, the legal system, and so forth.