• The Story of the Stone, Volume I: The Golden Days, Chapters 1-26
  • The Story of the Stone, Volume I: The Golden Days, Chapters 1-26
  • The Story of the Stone, Volume I: The Golden Days, Chapters 1-26
ISBN: 0140442936
EAN13: 9780140442939
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 30, 1974
Pages: 540
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.72" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book 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, 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.

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   Life under family rule in 18th century China
In the 18 th century China, there was a lot of rank and privilege. The compound is owned by the family. The relationship between relatives and the hierarchy. The state loses meaning when extended family have their own laws and customs. Not without protest, subjection of women is rife. The book about customs is worth more than a history book to understand how people lived. This is not a history book, it is a novel of customs, more about what people thought, about respect, subservience and mores.
 
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   Exceptional story but the printing of this version is bad
The story is unforgettable. The printing of this version is terrible. I don't know if it's the paper or the ink that makes the text smudged across the pages. It's difficult to read. The older version was different. I don't recommend this version of the story because of the printing. It looks like a copy that was illegally obtained.
 
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   The translation is flawless and makes it easy to read.
Several upper class families are the focus of this story in Volume one. The English translation is easy to understand and beautiful in the way poetic couplets of two or more lines are presented. The book is a remembrance of past events. The princely families in Nangking were punished by the Emperor in the early 18 th century. The author was a member of the families. One of the most famous pieces of Chinese literature is the original in Chinese that was printed in January of 1792. Readers would appreciate the quality of the book if they knew about Chinese culture and history.
 
4
   Decent English Version
The book has not been completed. It was a great introduction. The translation can't express the exact feelings from the original Chinese version.
 
5
   Riveting read! Truly a classic!
It's one of the 4 classics of Chinese literature and it's riveting. It's useful for a person who wants to have a better understanding of Chinese culture and literature. It is highly recommended.
 
5
   Excellent translation
The book is a classic in Chinese literature. The English translation is good. The poetry is well written.
 
5
   I see why it is called one of the masterpieces of China literature.
It might be difficult for people accustomed to the cultures of the West to get interested in this book. The pace is a little slow because the details of daily life in China days past are different. The book will be a masterpiece if you' re interested in how life was lived in that part of the world.
 
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