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The Red Chamber

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Heartbreaking and lyrical, this book takes you into the world of

    Heartbreaking and lyrical, this book takes you into the world of the Jia family in the person of Daiyu. You see and feel what she feels; her experiences become etched into your memory. By the end, the characters will become your own, and, as with all great literature, you will not want to let them go. I found myself turning over the experiences of Daiyu, Baoyu, Baochai, Xifeng, and Ping'er again and again; the silk that they wear against their bodies, the gold and jade worn close, the sudden well of sorrow, love, or desperation, their youth and illusions and how they go on when all that is shattered. Unforgettable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    highly recommend---especially if you enjoy stories of China

    If you love an epic family story with unforgetable characters, this book is for you. The characters are multi-dimensional with virtues and faults that are changed by their life experiences. For years the family lived a life of privilege and power but a change in government takes them to the other extremes. There are unexpected twists and turns and it's not over until the last page of the epilogue. I found the Chinese culture of the 1700's to be intriguing and it doesn't take long to get used to the names although I'm sure I mispronounced them. Many of these characters and their story will haunt me for quite a while.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Intriguing view of world filled with intrigue

    Daiyu, whose mother had married below her station, is sent off to live with her mother's family in Beijing. She is introduced into an insular world in which an extended family lives within a large compound. Tensions build as whatever one family member does reverberates across the entire compound.

    An interesting view of an older, foreign culture. One of the strengths of the book is that your assessment of a given character often gradually changes as the story line unfolds.

    Overall, well worth reading.

    Two notes: The book apparently is a simplified rewrite of an older Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber. I have not read the older work and am just as glad that I have not. Rather than constantly making comparisons (or being overcome with disappointment over anything that is not THE SAME as in the original novel - seen in a number of reviews), I was able to read this book for its own merits. Again, well worth reading.

    The book starts out with a number of chapters each introducing another major character. At first, I worried if I were going to keep the various characters straight, but as the book continues that does not turn out to be a problem. Don't get discouraged when you first begin the novel.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Great read!

    Great read!

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    Posted January 10, 2013

    A Masterpiece

    A Masterpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading this book.

    Very interesting plots and family dynamics. I could not put it down.

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