The Story of the Stone: The Golden Days, Volume 1

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Penguin UK, Aug 30, 2012 - Fiction - 544 pages
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The Story of the Stone (c.1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortunes of the Jia family, this rich, magical work sets worldly events - love affairs, sibling rivalries, political intrigues, even murder - within the context of the Buddhist understanding that earthly existence is an illusion and karma determines the shape of our lives.
 

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Book Description 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, The Story of ... Read full review

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Having finished this first volume of The Story of the Stone, I'm doubtful that I'll continue on through the rest of this Dream of Red Mansions. It's a great book for getting a feeling of what ... Read full review

Contents

NOTE ON SPELLING
Zhen Shiyin makes the Stones acquaintance in a dream and Jia Yucun finds
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24

CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 26
APPENDIX
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Cao Xueqin (?1715-63) was born into a family which for three generations held the office of Commissioner of Imperial Textiles in Nanking, a family so wealthy they were able to entertain the Emperor four times. However, calamity overtook them and their property was consfiscated. Cao Xueqin was living in poverty when he wrote his famous novel The Story of the Stone.


David Hawkes was Professor of Chinese at Oxford University from 1959 - 1971 and a Research Fellow of All Souls College from 1973-1983. He now lives in retirement in Wales.

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