One of the greatest masterpieces of literature reading this was an incredible experience Poignant funny metaphysical tragic allegorical psychologically profound and ighly entertaining it bridges the worlds of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy heaven and earth dreams and reality and is a truly astonishing achievement Reading does not get any better than this it really is up there with Don uixote The Divine Comedy War and Peace Shakespeare and anything else you might name As one Western scholar on the work noted to appreciate its position in Chinese culture we must imagine a work with the critical cachet of James Joyce s Ulysses with the popular appeal of Margaret Mitchell s Gone With the Wind and twice as long as the two combinedThere is an excellent reviewere if you are interested it s listed in an alternate translation as Story of the Stone Excellent Starter Dream of the Red ChamberStory of the Stone two names for the same workThis is an abridged English version of an amazing Chinese novel called Dream of the Red Chamber or Story of the Stone I would recommend reading this if you would like to know the general story which you should as it is one of the most important novels in Alani Was Here history This book is HUGE in China it is considered along with one or two other works the pinnacle of Chinese literature And it is much nuanced than the Romeo and Juliet story it is sold as The story is of the downfall of a greatouse and The Recruiter how it affects the young men and women living there It is remarkable in that it is so much about women at a time when women s lives were considered unimportant It is also defies Confucian s in several ways though adheres to them in others Most points of the author s biography are unknown but it is thought thate belonged to a wealthy family that much like the family in the book came down in the world The book was completed by someone else It is also a good starter version if you are interested in testing it before you delve into the much longer unabridged version Which really you must read After reading this I read the David Hawkes translation 5 volumeswhich I CEO Muscle highly recommendEdit I just wanted to add that the main reason I recommend this book as a starter is that it gave me in many places the same emotional punch as the original which I think it a remarkable achievement consideringow greatly it as been condensed The truth is that if not for my Asian Literatures class I wouldn t ave mustered enough strength despite interest to read this novel And I am particularly drawn to the idea forwarded by some academics that Hong Lou Meng is actually a critiue to the reception of the public to fiction and perhaps to reading in general Also it is a counter to the idea that in order to attain enlightenment one must transcend the everyday world A monk makes a stone nod The stone is cast away by the Goddess And yet in Hong Lou Meng the exact opposite Hawkes Prey Sonny Hawke Thriller happens The stone thatas been cast off goes into the Red Dust and lives a mundane life as Chia Pao Yu Upon death Get Over It Fab Life his story was carved onis surface and stands proud and visible as a mockery to the Goddess rejection of No Prisoners Star Wars The Clone Wars him The story through presenting the everyday life of people shows the reader that a full life an enlightened life can be experienced through the mundane Iate this book and I m ChineseOk Husband for Hire hate is a strong word I m repulsed by this book which I viewed as close to godliness in my childhood Iate em little balls of prudishnessSorry about this translators because I think you did a nice job on this book and I m still giving you two stars If I rated on your technicality alone I would give you a solid 3 or 4 I do like the English version in some ways better than the Chinese versions because it s so much normal for lack of a better word I felt that the prose style of the original was awkward and it somehow feels less distorted in the English version to a degree This is because Xuein used vernacular Chinese in composing An Egg Is Quiet his proses Vernacular is straightforward easily comprehensible brash raw characteristic and should remind me somewhat warmly of my Chinese neighboursBut Xuein changed it all He wrote in vernacular but all ofis characters dialogues were so Cinque indagini romane per Rocco Schiavone (Il vicequestore Rocco Schiavone Vol. 6) highly organized so refined so grammatically correct it simply feels artificial as ife made several rough drafts of one conversation before inserting them into the characters mouths He eleganized the beautiful spontaneous street talk of vernacular I Professor Astro Cat's Human Body Odyssey hated that It s like somebody decided to Shakespearize Dickens English feels much normal for some reason bringing forthwith unconscious magnitude in the dialogue Then again English also concealed the brilliancy of the original proses and descriptions so there are wins and lossesNext Iave a problem with the central themes which cannot be changed with translation Due to its uncertainty of themes the book can be read as a surreal poetic metaphor or a realistic piece of fiction But when you actually think about it the plot boils down to this rich noble bastards party Squash Basics - How To Play Squash hard Party crashes GoomeAnd it talks about this for roughly 80 chapters before we lose the original manuscript
and read the flawed 40 chapters this unfinished read the flawed 40 chapters This unfinished added to the mysticism surrounding the book and is a major topic still in modern Redology Then this book is What Is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained hailed as theeight of Chinese literatureDot dot dot To be Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic honest the plot was good It still is good The ideas and philosophies are not It stereotypes men and women to auge degree
WITH ITS KIND OF REVERSAL SEXISM its kind of reversal sexism I especially 竹光始末 The Bamboo Sword And Other Samurai Tales had a problem with the author s ranking of women in the 5th chapter even if it is meant simply as a way of introducing dramatis personae you can t ignore that Jing Huan Goddess proclaimed iterself that only the BEST women are recorded and the rest of the COMMON VULGAR women are not Who the Bloodleaf hell does she or the author think they are For some reason some see the book as a novel of feminism while itad minimum impact on the Chinese feminist movement For another they see it as a idden way of expressing political satire In this case take the book off the classics shelf now why should we waste time on an author who doesn t even want to sit down and write a proper story Another proclaim the book is mainly emphasizing the Buddhism idea of Kong Huan in that everything even the most bea. Inhalt des Traums der roten Kammer ist die Geschichte vom Glanz und vom selbstverschul.
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Utiful eventually amounts to nothing The author does a bad job of this if that is the case because Going All the Way Planning for a Marriage That Goes the Distance his sadnessis losses and Test logiciel en pratique his flames are uite trivial and does not match up to the greater kindness and understanding of Buddhism As I was reading it through in the future I couldn telp but feel as if the author is writing these 80 chapters feeling narcissist ly sorry for Two Badges The Lives of Mona Ruiz himself There are a lot of unparalleled stories in the book though that outmatch the author s contemporaries Unfortunately not every story is of eual uality especially when you seeow narrow the book s world really is It s constraining to see these young people shut up in a false paradise wasting their lives away Worst of all the author seems to take enjoyment in it too alongside A Queen's Spy Plus The Tudor Heresy - Mercenary For Hire Series: Tudor Historical Fiction Novels - Adventure Fiction (Tudor Mystery Trials) his forgotten sadness He beautified aspects of life that one would feel uncomfortable with for example it s okay for young girls to throw temper tantrums because she s young beautiful but apparently it s not okay for old women to throw tantrums because they re inferior to younger virgin girls Whut He also did not really show the intensity of corruptive activities in the familiesLast of all comes the poetry The poetry is greatly emphasized in this novel but upon reading it it becomes clear that ing dynasty poems were on the decline The poems in the novel are most elegantly and skillfully composed Yet they lack creativity originality and sophistication The poems are mainly concerning either of the emptiness ofuman life or mourning about the again most trivial things such as flowers plants people etc The grandeur mysticism of Tang Spring and Autumn and Three Kingdoms era poets are sadly failing in the The Structure of Biblical Authority hands of ing poets and only begins to revive a little within chapter 78 in which Bao Yu composes a Song and a mournful Rhapsody which were the loveliest to read Well the author can t really make the poems great considering they come out of theands of adolescents and the poems are the best parts of the book the main reason why I go back to read it today Overall technically speaking this book is not bad standing alone Yet it Niebla has achieved nearly national veneration in Chinese lit and I m not uite sure if it should be In terms of surreal and romantic aestheticism it does not match up to Genji Japanese but earlier than this book by 700 years If Murasaki can do it why not Xuein in terms of realism and plotting wobbles before Plum of the Golden Vase in terms of philosophy and mysticism I think loses to Journey to the West 100 Strange Stories the Carnal Prayer Mat and Tale of Scholars at the top of myead The book s surpassing virtue is its delicate poetry sense of dreaminess and scattered cryptic messages which no one will ever be able to sort Nevertheless one does admire Confederate Waterloo his strength of weaving stories and feels sorry that they could not read the completed work but it is not the best Given the entire China is learning English as a second language it sardly necessary for people in the western countries to study the notoriously difficult Chinese language for business or travel purposes However if there is one reasonable cause to learn Chinese it would be to appreciate this book in its original language which could be the greatest privilege for anyone who speaks ChineseWhat about translations One might askMy answer would be Given the chance I will probably get rid of every last copy of the translated A Dream of Red Mansions Because this legendary masterpiece with its profound beauty and delicate language is fundamentally untranslatable Guardian articleRead the novel ere Hattip to WandafulOpening Chen Shih yin in a vision apprehends perception and spirituality Chia Y ts un in the windy and dusty world cherishes fond thoughts of a beautiful maidenThis
is the openingthe opening this the first chapter Subseuent to the visions of a dream which e Zhuangzi said that the desire for money is difficult to overcome but the desire for fame is difficult Well The Eatonville Anthology how about love Many believe that The Dream of the Red Chamber is emblematic of the climax of Chinese literature I do think it is the best Chine The copy I read was a downloadable Kindle version I could not figure out the translator The total location number was 36403 If I use a recommended page euivalent converter number of 1669 the page number comes to a little over 2100 which is close to the printed full version page numberAt first I couldn t understandow this book became one of the four pinnacles of classical Chinese literature The other three are The Romance of the Three Kingdoms Journey to the West and Outlaws of the Marsh all *May Have Various Different *have various different depending on the translation It starts out like a rather dull uneventful linear diary spiced with an occasional mystical dream of the main prot g Bayou an early teenage boy growing into young adulthood during the story The details of The TM Techniue An intro Transcendental Meditation Teachings Maharishi Mahesh YOgi Arkana his days and the days of aost of other main characters mostly is relatives are given in obsessive almost painful detailsBut dear Reader don t be fooled by this slow start Perhaps the following statement
will demonstrate ow the book grew on medemonstrate Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination how the book grew on me the first 20 % of the book took me time than the rest of the 80% The reason Iung on during these critical early pages was a fascinating look into a long gone culture a culture that until this day Daughter of Moloka'i has been reflected in the life and mentality of nearly a third of the World s population East and South East Asia to be exact If oneas my kind of enthrallment with various cultures the boring details throughout the book actually provide an exuisite opportunity to observe and learn In sharp contrast to the first part around 50% into the reading the story accelerated and I The Santa Cruz Haggadah - Leader's Edition (Regular) hadard time putting down my Kindle From This Could Be Our Future here on the life events of a few dozen main characters and countless minor participants became compelling The story branched out into several exciting subplots only to be masterfully reunited in the final chaptersThe Jia is an old noble family in the middle period of the ing Dynasty China One of their greatest social achievements came when the Emperor chose their oldest daughter as a favorite concubine When the family learned that their daughterad gotten permission from the Court to visit Keepers of the Record: The History of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives her parents forer welcome they built a magnific. Deten Verfall eines edlen großen Geschlechts das schließlich dank der sittlichen und. .
Ent garden with several living uarters The rest of the story took place mostly in this garden and the surrounding two mansions belonging to two branches of the Jias The main storyline focuses on the slow decline of this Interaction Concepts of Personality huge influential family However there is an eually important second storyline running parallel with the first one as an organic component of it Bayou s somewhat mystical spiritual awakening Most charactersave multidimensional flesh and blood personalities without a int of dogmatic profiling The good bad and the ambiguous features are distributed among them with good sense letting their vivid individualities shine throughPoetry is an important part of the characters lives The book presents a good number of poems written by a few gifted family members Although intellectually these poems gave me very little to ang on to their moods nonetheless Lace Leather helped me understand the state of mind of those who wrote the poems and even the times they lived in Not unlike James Joyce s withis stream of consciousness the author gives the reader free access to the most inner thoughts of several major characters most notably to Bayou s This extra dimension of their personalities makes these characters even intimate and accessible to the readerOne thing I especially enjoyed in the book was learning about the multiple elements of the ing Dynasty China interwoven in the story the arranged marriages concubines the dowager cult incidentally this latter largely contributed to the fall of China during Emperor Dowager Cixi s regency the bizarre look at suicide as an accepted and in fact freuently expected solution to life s problems Chinese Medicine with its reliance on pulse evaluation the system of feudalistic servants whose status was not much different from slaves but who could become ighly valued members of the families in the book represented by Xiren and Pinger the influence of Buddhism Taoism and Confucianism on every day life the role of Chinese Opera in Chinese culture the importance of jade in Chinese spirituality etcOne peculiarity that stood out for me in the book is the physical and psychological fragility of the Jia clan members Freuent crying mental derangement suicide and consumption ie tuberculosis abounded in this wealthy family I could not find any istorical information regarding the incidence of mental disease and tuberculosis in 18th century China but based on the story it surely seemed igh Or was this family struck by an unusual genetic burden due to intermarriage As an example Bayo I just re read this classic of Chinese literature as it s been years since I first read it The Dream of the Red ChamberStory of the Stone is unlike any work in the Western canon yet it fits into the Western tradition of great literature in a way few other examples of classic Chinese writing are able to offering an engrossive narrative and a real feel for both character and place There are aspects of this novel that may confuse the modern reader of it in English translation the many titles and nicknames used for various characters the cuts and transitions that are in places unlike Western narrative and a wealth of Chinese traditions manners and morals that will due to their exoticism and antiuity alike will confound a reader not already aware of ing Dynansty istory and culture That said this book is as influential to Chinese culture as Dickens or Austen are to British culture and in movies pop music and certainly contemporary Chinese literature you ll still encounter references to Dream of the Red ChamberThe plot of the novel follows the lives of the Rongguo House and the Ningguo House of the noble and wealthy Jia clan and thus the drama and intrigue visited on these powerful families Much of the emphasis is on plans to marry a son or daughter off to someone or who Les chatons magiques - tome 01 : Une jolie surprise (01) has the power in a certainousehold If you enjoy Jane Austen after getting over the cultural differnces and obscure way the story is told magic factors in a great deal and sometimes it s ard to pin down what is metaphorical and what is supposed to be actual you ll probably enjoy this book In saying that I do
NOT MEAN TO SCARE AWAY READERS NOR TO CITEmean to scare away readers nor to cite cultural and istorical differences as a problem or marker of something less thanor abnormal but it must be understood that due to the specifics of the ing Dynasty plus various editions of the novel and additions by various authors and editors the book s study Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World has become so complex and nuanced that there is even a name for the academic field of investigation of this one novel Redology No joke In example a work mentioned in the book Fei Yi Ji Ji Gao a work within a workas even been studied in detail and the jury of scholars is still out on the origins and authenticity of this work All that said this is a powerful sweeping epic and utterly engrossing book and it stands in my opinion as probably one of the top ten possibly even top five works of world literature ever written Why only four stars then This translation and all translations I ve read or examined appear to The Texan have their faults and be overall pretty cumbersome I realize that translators and editors of a work this complexave their tasks cut out for them and I don t want to see anything done that would mitigate the true flavor of the original yet what seems to appen is that the language
Winds Up Somewhere Betweenup somewhere between faithful replication of the Chinese and something seeming like a bad script writer trying to write dialog as people would ave spoken in Bible days In places the novel even seems like a parody of itself If you thought
the dialog in The Good Earth seemed fake and even comical with all the ah my pretty lotus flower platitudes thisdialog in The Good Earth seemed fake and even comical with all the ah my pretty lotus flower platitudes this will make you want to tear your air out If you can get past that it s a treat WHAT EVERY EDUCATED CITIZEN OF THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW IN THE 21ST CENTURY THE GREAT CLASSICAL NOVELS OF CHINA THE DREAM OF RED MANSIONS BY CAO XUEIN THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST BY WU CHENGEN THE ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS by LUO GUANZHONG THE WATER MARGIN or ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS by SHI NAI AN THE SCHOLARS BY WU JINGZI AND THE EROTIC CLASSIC THE JIN PING MEI OR GOLDEN LOTUS FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR. Geistigen Hochleistung eines an sich entarteten Sprößlings wieder zu Aufstieg gelan.