The Golden Days: The Story of the Stone, Chapters 1-26

The Golden Days: The Story of the Stone, Chapters 1-26

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by Cao Xueqin
     
 

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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, The Story of the Stone charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family. This novel re-creates the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese

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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, The Story of the Stone charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family. This novel re-creates the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life that would otherwise be lost and infuses it with affirming Buddhist belief.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140442939
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1974
Series:
Story of the Stone Series, #1
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
538,787
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cao Xueqin (1715-63) was born into a family which for three generations held the office of Commissioner of Imperial Textiles in Nanking, a family so wealthy they were able to entertain the Emperor four times. However, calamity overtook them and their property was consfiscated. Cao Xueqin was living in poverty when he wrote his famous novel The Story of the Stone.

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The Golden Days: The Story of the Stone, Chapters 1-26 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Cao Xueqin's Poem about his book in Forward section: - Translated by Red Dreamer ( Life floating in bitterness and stress, Fancy parties and big festivals will all be dismissed. - All kinds of griefs and joys as bubbles, History and present is just an absurd dream. - Not to mention the red sleeve is soaked in hot tear, And there are also infatuated lover regret forever. - Every word in this book is written thru blood, Ten years painful labor is not a common voyage. - 'The red sleeve' means women. ) -- Red Dreamer's Note: - Author, Cao Xueqin, made the truth hidden, thru his obscure characters and words that he retold his true life experience that he was with his female friends, to let readers to obtain his devotion and admiration for his companions. And the things related to some certain events of his time 'his dream' that he must record in his book, however his purpose was not to punish or vent against his misfortune, but to only record his friends and friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cao actually finished the whole book, but the last 40 chapters somehow got lost. Gao thus rewrote them, without strictly following Cao's original intentions, possibly to make readers feel better with a happier end, possibly because they had different views of the world--Cao saw the ultimate decline & demise of the Qing Dynasty as inevitable and permanent, while Gao hoped for the revival of the dynasty. Among the whole collection of Chinese classics, this book is my favorite. I have finished it N times, and from cover to cover. --and, I am a Chinese.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good for anyone seeking a look into classical Chinese culture. The story about a tragic love story is very touching. Yet, I have a few warnings for people wishing to read the book: 1. If you are able to read it in Chinese, do so. It is 100 times better in the original language. The poetry is much much better. 2. The book is not what everyone believe it to be, READ IT WELL (even chapter headings have VERY deep meanings! Or you will get a very wrong idea about it, the book is best for older people for their understanding of life. 3. THE BOOK WAS NOT FINISHED BY THE AUTHOR!!!!! The last 40 chapters were added later by another author, the original author died before he finished it. That is why the last forty chapters has some very significant changes(If you read well you will notice).