The Story of the Stone: The warning voice
The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.
Divided into five volumes, of which The Warning Voice is the third, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humour, realistic detail and delicate poetry, which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and above the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence - a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xuebi - LibraryThing
Another fine instalment by David Hawkes, the third volume of Story of the Stone continues the saga of the Jia family, their day-to-day lives and the growing relationship between Jia Baoyu and Lin ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mattviews - LibraryThing
Volume 3 finds the significant idea in Buddhist that one would open his eyes to the vanity of human affections and causes a person to renounce the world, for one no longer subscribes to the ... Read full review