Dream of the Red Chamber (Hung Lou Meng)by Cao Xueqin
This is Book I and II of Dream of the Red Chamber (Hung Lou Meng), composed by Cao Xueqin. It is one of China's Four Great Classical Novels. It was composed sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. It is a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature and is generally acknowledged to be the
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Dream of the Red Chamber (Hung Lou Meng)
This is Book I and II of Dream of the Red Chamber (Hung Lou Meng), composed by Cao Xueqin. It is one of China's Four Great Classical Novels. It was composed sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. It is a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature and is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of classical Chinese novels. "Redology" is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work.
Dream of the Red Chamber you discover the period when China was governed by Manchu aristocrats who created social turbulence for selfish, political purposes. Tsao Hsueh-Chin's description of the four families (Chia, Shih, Wang, and Hsueh) is deeply rooted in the reality of the time. The main characters of the novel, Chia Pao-yu and Lin Tai-yu, are typical of young people everywhere; they desperately want to be free to marry whomever they wish.
Hung Lou Meng is one of the most-read novels ever and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide! It is destined to become a favorite in your own library.
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First this is not the complete novel. The translator published about half the work, but unfortunately passed away. However I have greater issues with this 19th century translation. The work is fairly esoteric and the translating conventions of the 19th century just don't work for me. Not the least of which is the 'mildly erotic' (from the intro) is obscured. For someone who is more knowledgeable in this field this work might be of interest. I should have done more research as I can tell even with this version that it is a fascinating work. I will start with the first of the 5 volume Penguin modern translation . Anybody want a slightly used book?
Can someone in the know check the sample of this? It seems like a high school student translated some passages but that may be unavoidable given the translator needing to convey certain feelings expressed in the original text.
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