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Posted December 16, 2007
A Rare Book! *******
Cao Xueqin's Poem about his book in Forward section: Translated by Red Dreamer ' -- Life floating in bitterness and stress, Fancy parties and big festivals will all be dismissed. - All kinds of griefs and joys as bubbles, History and present is just an absurd dream. - Not to mention the red sleeve is soaked in hot tear, And there are also infatuated lover regret forever. - Every word in this book is written thru blood, Ten years painful labor is not a common voyage. - 'The red sleeve' means women. ' -- Red Dreamer's Note: - Author, Cao Xueqin, made the truth hidden, thru his obscure characters and words that he retold his true life experience that he was with his female friends, to let readers to obtain his devotion and admiration for his companions. And the things related to some certain events of his time 'his dream' that he must record in his book, however his purpose was not to punish or vent against his misfortune, but to only record his friends and friendship. All those women that he loved , how those heroine suffered in that time 'Qing Dynasty', and struggled their misfortune with their honor and tears. And many readers may think this is a Tao or Buddhist book, but from the Author's first chapter his love record shines thru the concept of vanity, and enlighten all believers, that Love is forever worthy even if in a temporal experience 'dream'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2009
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