This celebrated Chinese classical novel is a masterpiece of realism written in the middle of the eighteen century during the Qianlong era of the Qing Dynasty. It takes as its background the decline of four great noble families and deals with the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu. the novel provides a comprehensive and faithful picture of the social reality of the time, exposes the corrupt and iniquitous nature of feudal society and wrathfully denounces the crimes of the feudal autocratic system.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JVioland - LibraryThing
Boy, this is a cumbrous tome of nearly one thousand pages. It starts slowly, but once you get used to the pace, you find interesting characters, then you get used to a different perspective on live ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
Either this really is the most boring literary classic I have ever read, or the translation does not do it justice. Read full review
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