Story of the Stone (aka Dream of the Red Chamber), Volume 2: The Crab-Flower Club by Tsao Hsueh-Chin (aka Cao Xuequin), Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Story of the Stone (aka Dream of the Red Chamber), Volume 2: The Crab-Flower Club

Story of the Stone (aka Dream of the Red Chamber), Volume 2: The Crab-Flower Club

by Tsao Hsueh-Chin (aka Cao Xuequin)
     
 
The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.

Divided into five volumes, of which The Crab-Flower Club is the second, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia Family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own

Overview

The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.

Divided into five volumes, of which The Crab-Flower Club is the second, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia Family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humor, realistic detail and delicate poetry which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and about the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence - a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253192622
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1979
Series:
Chinese Literature in Translation Ser.
Pages:
608

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