Zhonjhuo wenxue minjzhu jing xuan

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Penguin, 1973 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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 the Stone charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family. This novel re-creates the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life that would otherwise be lost and infuses it with affirming Buddhist belief. --from publisher description

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And so the Dream of Golden Days draws to a close, and along with it the story of the Jia family - their decadent and luxurious lifestyle, subsequent fall from grace, and their eventual restoration. As ... Read full review

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I consider proud to have read the first book of The Dream of the Red Chamber. While reading this book in translation, I had to go online and look for the original one as well (in Chinese) just to get a good grip of the beautiful poems.
I’m not a scholar, so my review can’t do this book much justice, but I did like this book. Very fast-pace and the author was able to describe the characters, places, etiquette, and traditions in details. One could see how lavish their life styles were: five – ten maids to be in service for one person, the master must have his tea poured for himself… The first book was supposed to be the Golden Days of the family, hence the name of the book. Overall, it wasn’t a light read, it only got a bit more complicated each time the author introduced a new character because I constantly had to keep track of the names and the relationships, but it was definitely worth to read. It would be a lot better if you could compare the original piece with the translation. It’ll help a lot!
 

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David Hawkes is Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University. His first book, "Ideology," was published in 1996.

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