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The Dream of the Red Chamber [NOOK Book]

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"Henry Bencraft Joly's attention to detail and the faithfulness in his translation of Hong Lou Meng makes this revised edition of The Dream of the Red Chamber an excellent book for the student of modern Chinese."—Edwin H. Lowe, from his introduction

The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and...
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Overview


"Henry Bencraft Joly's attention to detail and the faithfulness in his translation of Hong Lou Meng makes this revised edition of The Dream of the Red Chamber an excellent book for the student of modern Chinese."—Edwin H. Lowe, from his introduction

The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and social structures of 18th century China and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel.

The "Red Chamber" is an expression used for the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based on the author's own life and intended as a memorial to the women that he knew in his youth, The Dream of the Red Chamber is a multilayered story that offers up key insights into Chinese culture.

"…this partial version certainly deserves a wider readership, as a brave early skirmish on the outer ramparts of this masterpiece. The re-issuing of Joly's work will undoubtedly provide a rich crop of fascinating raw material for the growing community of Translation Studies scholars."—John Minford, from his foreword
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462902477
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 944,729
  • File size: 6 MB

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Cao Xueqin was born into a wealthy family whose status and fortune diminished when he was a child. He spent the remainder of his life in poverty. The Dream of the Red Chamber, which he devoted ten years of his life to writing, was not published until thirty years after his death.

H. Bencraft Joly was Vice-Consulate of Macao at the time he translated The Dream of the Red Chamber in an effort to advance appreciation of Chinese literature among Western scholars.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    First this is not the complete novel. The translator published a

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Anyone able to suggest a better translation?

    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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    Posted January 23, 2011

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