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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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The Golden Days

The final, and in some respects most important task, was to study the vocabulary and usage of Cao’s Beijing dialect as a basis for Modern Mandarin. Penguin, Penguin s Classics Series, So he often experiences an unspoken frustration simply because he is a boy and so cannot really be like his cousins. Xi-feng’s philandering husband Lian is a pale shadow to his wife.

If it all sounds a little convoluted and silly, well, it is, but once the set-up is out of the way ‘The Story of the Stone’ really begins to shine, especially with regards to the realistic and psychologically penetrating characterizations and social interactions.

Everybody should read it. But even though the book itself could be held up as a triumph of realistic psychology and naturalism, there is still something greater. Ferrara, Between Noble and Humble: Few books can even be considered for the title of ‘Book of the Millennium’, but The Story of the Stone surely is a strong contender. This style of book can work, as demonstrated by Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, but while that work and this one both have the same meandering style of narrative, The Story of the Stone lacks the distinctive voice Proust gives to his narrator, and it likewise lacks the sublime writing that made Proust the finest prose stylist to ever put pen to paper.


To ask other readers questions about The Golden Daysplease sign up. In the other world the two were meant for each other, and their relationship in the real world drives much of the dramatic, romantic, and tragic tension of the book.

It is a history of Qing customs, economics, political management, of music, poetry competitions, religious philosophy, even xeqin and clothing. His fate is inextricably bound with another creature from the Land of Illusion, the Crimson Pearl Flower. As the novel proceeds, however, the girls are scattered, by death, dismissal, marriage, and other misfortunes — and for Bao-yu, and by implication Cao Xueqin, marriage really is a misfortune.

There are entries for named characters. There is a constant feeling of coming into something complicated in medias res and trying to get a sense of it without clear signposts. The Virginia Quarterly Review. ths

He is recognized as special from the beginning, born with a piece of jade in his mouth. Take Wang Xifeng, a noblewoman with comparatively little education who has risen to run the household’s finances and daily affairs. Metaphysical, allegorical, and vividly realistic, the immense scope of The Story of the Stone provides something for everyone.

Davis also published a poem from chapter 3 of the novel in in the Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society.

But this is not introduced to the reader in a set of clear-cut dramatic set-pieces; instead these three characters appear incidentally in various episodes, sometimes uxeqin, sometimes apart, xueeqin if their relations to one another are especially important, it is left for the reader to “pick up” on this signal coursing through a much larger sea of realistically?

A Critical Introduction ; rpr. There is a lot of poetry that can’t have been easy to translate, but pretty much each and every poem and there are many carry a great force and beauty in them. Looking for More Great Reads? Bao-Yu lives his days in the company, primarily, of women, and prefers women to men in all matters. His second cousin Xiang-yun is something thee a tomboy, but also a poet and scholar.


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Mar 12, Caroline rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this life he has a special bond with his sickly cousin Lin Daiyuwho shares his love of music and poetry. Instead of the characters or events depicted, the things that I will likely remember from this book are the features you are unlikely to find in western novels. Zhou Ruchangwho as a young scholar had come to the attention of Hu Shih in the late s, published his first study inwhich became a best seller. I have re-read all five volumes approximately eight times.

Those who know me know I’m not big on poetry, but this book here opened my eyes in that regard.

The Bottle-gourd girl meets and unfortunate young man; and the Bottle-gourd monk settles a protracted lawsuit Chapter 5: Again, I think the full consequences of this remain to be seen. Teams of scientists would be peering over this equipment armed with notes and calculations, trying to storg sense of the complicated affair.

In short, a classic Romantic heroine. Gender in the Red Chamber Dream.

The Story of the Stone, Volume I

It is, however, a significant beginning, holding many clues to the rest of the text. Looking forward to reading the second volume, perhaps in January. Published March 30th by Penguin Group first published January 1st The fact that everyone is a cousin or related in some way does not stop any relationships from forming at various times throughout the book.

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All these different lines and verses combined into a single overpowering impression, riving her soul with a pang of such keen anguish that the tears started from her eyes.

Yet within the strict limitations of this system, the characters have their distinct personalities.