A Dream of Red Mansions

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A Dream of Red Mansions (Hung Lou Meng, sometimes translated as The Dream of the Red Chamber), the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last feudal dynasty in China. Although it saw a period of relative stability, feudal society was already on the decline and all the ...
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A Dream of Red Mansions (Hung Lou Meng, sometimes translated as The Dream of the Red Chamber), the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last feudal dynasty in China. Although it saw a period of relative stability, feudal society was already on the decline and all the contradictions inherent in it were sharpening.

This classic novel (an erotic tale of love, sex and passion) is a masterpiece of realism takes as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from the author's own experiences. It is a book about political struggle, a political-historical novel. Cao Xueqin focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu and, in the meantime, provides a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. The author's family were close to the Ching imperial house in general, and with Emperor Kang-hsi in particular. He died in 1763 without having finished his novel.

It stands out in the world literature ranking with Hamlet and War and Peace. This is the first English translation of the complete text of this classical Chinese novel. Translated by Yang Hsien-yi and his British wife Gladys Young with many full-page illustrations by Tai Tun-Pang. The translation appears in three volumes of forty chapters each.

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Li Fu-ning
Professor Huang Xinqu has done an excellent job... The abridgement has been judiciously made and full justice has been done to the content and flavor of the original... It is easy, flowing, and delightful to read. I would like to congratulate him on his success in doing a good service to the reading public.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835125291
  • Publisher: China Books & Periodicals, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 298

Table of Contents

Chapter 81 Four Beauties Fish in the Pond to Try Their Luck / Pao-yu's Father Orders Him Back to the Family School 1
Chapter 82 An Old Teacher Expounds the Classics to Warn Against Mischief / The Queen of Bamboos Falling III Has a Fearful Nightmare 15
Chapter 83 The Imperial Consort Falls III and Her Relatives Call at the Palace / Chin-kuei Makes a Scene and Pao-chai Has to Swallow Her Anger 32
Chapter 84 Pao-yu's Writing Is Tested and His Marriage Considered / Chia Huan Visits an Invalid and Arouses Fresh Resentment 49
Chapter 85 Chia Cheng Is Promoted to the Rank of Vice-Minister / Hsueh Pan Is Involved in Another Manslaughter Case 65
Chapter 86 An Old Magistrate Takes a Bribe to Re-open a Case / A Young Girl, to While Away Time, Explains a Lute Score 82
Chapter 87 Moved by an Autumn Poem, a Lutist Mourns the Past / One Practising Yoga Is Possessed Through Lust 97
Chapter 88 Pao-yu, to Please His Grandmother, Praises a Fatherless Boy / Chia Chen, to Uphold Household Discipline, Has Unruly Servants Whipped 112
Chapter 89 A Memento of a Dead Maid Leads Pao-yu to Write a Poem / A False Suspicion Makes Tai-yu Abstain from Food 126
Chapter 90 The Loss of a Padded Jacket Involves a Poor Girl with a Scold / A Gift of Sweetmeats Perturbs a Young Gentleman 139
Chapter 91 Wanton Pao-chan Lays a Cunning Plot / Pao-yu Makes Extravagant Answers When Catechized 152
Chapter 92 Comments on the Lives of Worthy Women of Old Fill Chiao-chieh with Admiration / Chia Cheng, Toying with a Mother Pearl, Discourses on the Rise and Fall of Great Houses 163
Chapter 93 A Servant of the Chen Family Offers His Services to the Chias / A Scandal in Water Moon Convent Is Exposed 178
Chapter 94 The Lady Dowager Gives a Feast to Celebrate the Strange Blossoming of the Crab-Apple Trees / The Loss of Pao-yu's Jade of Spiritual Understanding Heralds Trouble 192
Chapter 95 A Rumour Comes True and the Imperial Consort Yuan-chun Dies / A Fraud Is Perpetrated After Pao-yu Loses His Mind 209
Chapter 96 Hsi-feng Withholds Information and Lays a Cunning Plan / Disclosure of a Secret Deranges Tai-yu 224
Chapter 97 Tai-yu Burns Her Poems to End Her Infatuation / Pao-chai Goes Through Her Wedding Ceremony 237
Chapter 98 Unhappy Vermilion Pearl's Spirit Returns in Sorrow to Heaven / Deranged Shen Ying Sheds Tears in the Lodge of His Loved One 257
Chapter 99 An Upright Official Has Venal Underlings / A Perusal of the Court Gazette Fills Chia Cheng with Concern for His Nephew 270
Chapter 100 By Frustrating Chin-kuei Hsiang-ling Makes a Worse Enemy of Her / Pao-yu Grieves Over Tan-chun's Departure to Marry Far from Home 283
Chapter 101 A Ghostly Warning Is Given One Moonlit Night in Grand View Garden / A Fearful Omen Is Issued by the Oracle in Scattering Flowers Temple 294
Chapter 102 Powers of Darkness Derange the Inmates of the Ning Mansion / Priests Exorcise Evil Spirits in Grand View Garden 310
Chapter 103 Chin-kuei Plots Murder and Destroys Herself / Chia Yu-tsun, Blind to the Truth, Meets an Old Friend in Vain 322
Chapter 104 The Drunken Diamond Brags That Small Fry Can Stir Up Big Billows / A Crazy Lordling Grieves Over the Past 337
Chapter 105 Imperial Guards Raid the Ning Mansion / A Censor Brings a Charge Against the Prefect of Pingan 350
Chapter 106 Hsi-feng Is Conscience-Smitten at Causing Calamity / The Lady Dowager Prays to Heaven to Avert Disaster 362
Chapter 107 The Lady Dowager Impartially Shares Out Her Savings / Chia Cheng's Hereditary Title Is Restored by Imperial Favour 375
Chapter 108 Pao-chai's Birthday Is Celebrated with Forced Mirth / Pao-yu, Longing for the Dead, Hears Ghosts Weeping in Bamboo Lodge 389
Chapter 109 Pao-yu Waits for a Fragrant Spirit and Wu-erh Is Loved by Default / Ying-chun Pays Her Mortal Debt and Returns to the Primal Void 404
Chapter 110 The Lady Dowager Passes Away Peacefully / Hsi-feng Is Powerless and Loses Support 422
Chapter 111 Yuan-yang Dies for Her Mistress and Ascends to the Great Void / A Despicable Slave Leads Robbers into the Mansion 436
Chapter 112 A Terrible Disaster Befalls Miao-yu / Nursing Enmity Concubine Chao Is Haled Off to Hell 451
Chapter 113 Repenting Her Sins Hsi-feng Seeks Help from a Village Woman / Relinquishing Her Resentment Tzu-chuan Is Touched by Her Besotted Master 466
Chapter 114 Hsi-feng Has Hallucinations and Goes Back to Chinling / Chen Ying-chia, Pardoned by the Emperor, Returns to Court 480
Chapter 115 Personal Prejudice Strengthens Hsi-chun's Conviction / Pao-yu Fails to Find a True Friend in His Double 491
Chapter 116 Pao-yu, His Divine Jade Recovered, Attains Understanding in the Illusory Realm / Chia Cheng Escorts His Mother's Coffin Home to Fulfil His Filial Duty 505
Chapter 117 Two Maids Protect Pao-yu's Jade Lest He Renounce the World / A Worthless Son, Taking Sole Charge of the House, Revels in Bad Company 519
Chapter 118 A Disgruntled Uncle and Cousin Delude a Helpless Girl / Alarmed by His Cryptic Talk, Wife and Concubine Reprove Their Witless Husband 534
Chapter 119 Pao-yu Passes the Examination with Honours and Severs Earthly Ties / The Chia Family Retains Its Wealth and Titles Thanks to Imperial Favour 550
Chapter 120 Chen Shih-yin Expounds the Illusory Realm / Chia Yu-tsun Concludes the Dream of Red Mansions 570
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    A Nice Gateway Reader to Classical Chinese Literature

    I read A Dream of Red Mansions (Abriged edition) from your bookstore with great ease and pleasure. It's really a great service done by the translator Huang Xinqu. It has relieved the burden of attempting to read the thick volumes of the complete translation of this ancient fiction! Thank you for your service.

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