A Dream of Red Mansions (4-Volume Boxed Set)

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This celebrated Chinese classic novel is a masterpiece of realism written in the middle of the 18th century. Taking as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from his own experiences, the author Cao Zueqin (?-c.1763) focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Dairu and, in the meantime, provided a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. But he left the work unfinished (or the last 40 chapters were lost). Gao E (c.1738- c.1815) ...

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Overview

This celebrated Chinese classic novel is a masterpiece of realism written in the middle of the 18th century. Taking as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from his own experiences, the author Cao Zueqin (?-c.1763) focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Dairu and, in the meantime, provided a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. But he left the work unfinished (or the last 40 chapters were lost). Gao E (c.1738- c.1815) completed the work some years later in much of Gao’s spirit and also put in his own revelations, which aroused protracted controversy throughout the centuries. Exposing social evils, the book cries out its denunciation against the feudal system. All techniques of literary merit developed in previous periods were incorporated into the great work with much originality. It stands out in world literature, ranking with Hamlet and War and Peace. Illustrated with woodblock prints.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9787119006437
  • Publisher: Beijing Foreign Languages Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: 4 Volume Boxed Set
  • Pages: 2555
  • Sales rank: 1,160,519
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 3.60 (d)

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    For a really good read!

    The story is complex and well phrased. It's a great story as well as a time capsule in writing. It describes customs and daily activities almost without any pretense. It lures in... I enjoyed every chapter of it. Even the "lost" ones!!

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