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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Feb 19, Morgan rated coa really liked it Shelves: Latest to First First to Latest. As the story progresses, we can follow the main characters and look into the daily life of a fictional Chinese noble family, there are romances, tragedies, family dramas, rivalries, conflicts and so much more in the book, all of them richly written by the author, Cao Xueqin, who also came from a decayed noble family in the etone.

The Bottle-gourd girl meets and unfortunate young man; and the Bottle-gourd monk settles a protracted lawsuit Chapter 5: The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese society. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

That Bao-yu, while proving useless in the word of symbols and men, is in a unique position to transcend the fundamental illusion of ‘world’.

More about Cao Xueqin. Metaphysical, allegorical, and vividly realistic, the immense scope of The Story of the Stone provides something for everyone. Oxford Online Bibliographies Chinese Studies. May 25, Andrew Fairweather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Against such worldly elements as death, financial ruin, marriage, decadence and corruption, his karmic journey unfolds.

The boy Bao-yu and the girl Dai-yu turn out to be the center focalizers, living The character list for the first volume of The Story of the Stonea 2,page Chinese novel dating back to the 18th century, spans six pages in tiny print, followed by several family trees. The downside is that the names are in pinyin, which means a they are a little difficult to keep straight and b the meanings of the characters’ names can get lost.


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The list of characters reaches War and Peace proportions. Among these, the novel is particularly notable for its grand use of poetry. Chennault of the University of Florida stated that “The Dream is acclaimed as one of the most psychologically penetrating novels of world literature. Wang Xi-feng castigates a jealous attitude with some forthright speaking; and Lin Dai-yu makes a not unattractive speech impediment the subject of a jest Chapter Sooner rather xueqqin later. But even though the book itself could be held up as a triumph of realistic psychology and naturalism, there is still something greater.

Another central character is Bao-yu’s cousin’s wife, the brash Xi-feng, who through sheer competence — her ability to browbeat the domestic staff and her skill in keeping her grandmother-in-law happy — has ended up managing the entire household.

The Golden Days

Retrieved 7 April One particularly interesting part is when Qin Zhong is dying and bargains with the demons while stoy is unconscious so that he can speak to Bao-yu one last time.

A Critical Introduction ; rpr. There is also a considerable amount of embedded poetry, which is translated into forms which flow naturally in English.

This book was unlike anything I have read before and I loved it. 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 cueqin hurly-burly of Chinese family life.

As indicated by its title, The Golden Days, this first volume is focused on the beginning prosperous years. However, the story as a whole is emphatically not a “children’s story” — there are intermittent bursts of shocking violence, morbid cruelty, explicit sexuality among the older charactersand so forth.

This ends up getting him killed because he is trapped outside in the courtyard overnight and catches a chill, though the fact that he dies is really his own fault when he fails to follow the advice of a Taoist doctor. If I feel this way after the first volume I hate to imagine how I would feel should I manage to complete all five volumes. A son is admonished and Li Gui recieves an alarming warning; a pupil is abused and Tealeaf throws the classroom in an uproar Chapter 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.


I reviewed this book for my blog, A Penguin Class.

Translation:The Story of the Stone

Highly tense or dangerous situations arise quite suddenly from time to time, but are typically resolved within the same chapter that introduces them or, if not, in the following chapterand tend to make few obvious marks on the story as a whole.

The Story of the Stone, Volume V. I hesitate to give it too strong a recommendation given that I’ve still got four volumes left to go, but, this book is considered a classic for a reason, right?

The young characters are depicted as realistically childish, and there is a great deal of teasing, awkward juvenile flirtation, and the like, none of which would be out of place in, say, one of the earlier Harry Potter books. Sign me up to get more news about Literary Fiction books. We often see that he might even want to be a girl, because he sees them as nobler being compared to males.

Archived from the original on 30 March Perhaps you’ll enjoy it more than I did, but in my opinion you’re far better off reading Proust. No real Bo-tree the body is, The mind no mirror-bright.

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Wang Xi-feng sets a trap for her admirer; and Jia Rui looks into the wrong side of the mirror Chapter Discuss the view and role of medicine in 18th century China as revealed in this novel. Based on his own interpretation of the concepts of qi life force, energy and qing compassion, empathyhis psychology allowed for complex characters and his portrayal of women was quite a radical departure from earlier literature. Not quite like anything I’ve ever read before, and I’m not sure what cqo make of it, or whether or not to say I “liked” it.

Along with plot elements such as a “mirror protagonist”, this also reflects an awareness of the creative process itself.

Inan abridged translation of Dream by writer Lin Yutang resurfaced in a Japanese library.