The Dream of the Red Chamber

The Dream of the Red Chamber


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ISBN-13: 9781986125178
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2018
Pages: 470
Sales rank: 1,104,868
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Cao Xueqin was born into a wealthy family whose status diminished, and whose fortune was confiscated when he was still 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.

John Minford is dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University of Hong Kong and has taught Chinese literature and literary translation in China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. He has published widely on Chinese literature and translated numerous works including Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling and the Art of War.

Edwin Lowe is Associate Lecturer of Chinese Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has previously worked on the Tuttle Classic edition of The Water Margin and on The Chinese Martial Code by A. L. Sadler.

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The Dream of the Red Chamber (Abridged) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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