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Xueqin Cao ☆ 2 Review

Available in popular bookstores I just re read this classic of Chinese literature as it s been years since I first read it The Dream of the Red ChamberStory of the Stone is unlike any work in the Western canon yet it fits into the Western tradition of great literature in a way few other examples of classic Chinese writing are able to offering an engrossive narrative and a real feel for both character and place There are aspects of this novel that may confuse the modern reader of it in English translation the many titles and nicknames used for various characters the cuts and transitions that are in places unlike Western narrative and a wealth of Chinese traditions manners and morals that will due to their exoticism and antiuity alike will confound a reader not already aware of ing Dynansty istory and culture That said this book is as influential to Chinese culture as Dickens or Austen are to British culture and in movies pop music and certainly contemporary Chinese literature you ll still encounter references to Dream of the Red ChamberThe plot of the novel follows the lives of the Rongguo House and the Ningguo House of the noble and wealthy Jia clan and thus the drama and intrigue visited on these powerful families Much of the emphasis is on plans to marry a son or daughter off to someone or who as the power in a certain The Burning Girls household If you enjoy Jane Austen after getting over the cultural differnces and obscure way the story is told magic factors in a great deal and sometimes it sard to pin down what is metaphorical and what is supposed to be actual you ll probably enjoy this book In saying that I do not mean to scare away readers nor to cite the cultural and istorical differences as a problem or marker of something less thanor abnormal but it must be understood that due to the specifics of the ing Dynasty plus various editions of the novel and additions by various authors and editors the book s study as become so complex and nuanced that there is even a name for the academic field of investigation of this one novel Redology No joke In example a work mentioned in the book Fei Yi Ji Ji Gao a work within a work Transgalactic Antics Carrie Hatchett Space Adventurer has even been studied in detail and the jury of scholars is still out on the origins and authenticity of this work All that said this is a powerful sweeping epic and utterly engrossing book and it stands in my opinion as probably one of the top ten possibly even top five works of world literature ever written Why only four stars then This translation and all translations I ve read or examined appear toave their faults and be overall pretty cumbersome I realize that translators and editors of a work this complex Outmove (Inner Movement, have their tasks cut out for them and I don t want to see anything done that would mitigate the true flavor of the original yet what seems toappen is that the language winds up somewhere between a faithful replication of the Chinese and something seeming like a bad script writer trying to write dialog as people would The Removed have spoken in Bible days In places the novel even seems like a parody of itself If you thought the dialog in The Good Earth seemed fake and even comical with all the ah my pretty lotus flower platitudes this book will make you want to tear yourair out If you can get past that it s a treat WHAT EVERY EDUCATED CITIZEN OF THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW IN THE 21ST CENTURY THE GREAT CLASSICAL NOVELS OF CHINA THE DREAM OF RED MANSIONS BY CAO XUEIN THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST BY WU CHENGEN THE ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS by LUO GUANZHONG THE WATER MARGIN or ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS by SHI NAI AN THE SCHOLARS BY WU JINGZI AND THE EROTIC CLASSIC THE JIN PING MEI OR GOLDEN LOTUS FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR IN CHIEFChinese culture is renown for its addiction to compiling Lists of the Greats from the Four Great Inventions of China Paper the Comnpass Printing and Gunpowder to the Four Great Beautiful Women Yang Guifei Xi Shi Yang Jiaojun and Diaochan to the Three Great Tang Dynasty Poets Li Bai Li Po Du Fu and Wang Wei to the Four Great Novels of Chinese Literature Thus every educated Chinese person was expected to Wildflower An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa have read or at least toave thouroughly read about The Four Great Novels The ing Dynasty Classic the Hong Lou Meng or The Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xuein the Xi You Ji or Journey to the West by Wu Chengen featuring the fabulous Monkey King Sun Wukong the great istorical epic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong and the Robin Hood Tale Of Gallant Outlaws of gallant outlaws Hu Zhuan The Water Margin by Shi Nai an Chinese scholars generally added two additional novels as an Apocrypha to this Canonic Prose Bible of The Four Great Novels which officially you shouldn t ave read like the Maruis de Sade or Lady Chatterly s Lover in the West but which if you were a real intellectual you definitely should ave The erotic classic the Jin Ping Mei or The Golden Lotus which was excluded from inclusion in the canon because of its sexual immoral and pornographic content despite its admitted literary excellence and the Ru Lin Wai Shi or The Scholars by Wu Jingzi also downgraded from classical status due to its bohemian counter cultural satire on and rejection of traditional Confucian scholars and examination passing officials as mindless conformists and intellectual ciphers In the not so remote past education centered on learning the cultural tradition of one s own nation was assumed to be an adeuate foundation for functional adulthood and citizenship Thus Chinese scholars concentrated on the Confucian eritage and with little effort given to understanding other civilizations and traditions Christians were content with the Bible and their own national classics and Islamic nations were Black Columbiad: Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture (Harvard English Studies) happy if one could recite the Koran byeart In today s cosmopolitan globalized world of transnational business and the Internet familiarity with one s own national Black Noir history national culture and literature is no longer an adeuate preparation for adult life in the globalized real world Thus each educated person in the modern world mustave a basic familiarity with World Literature in addition to The Bad Guys his own national or regional literature accompanied of course with a basic knowledge of World History World Religions World Philosophy and universal science With the increasing importance of a Rising China in world affairs and culture it is thus incumbent on every educated person in the world toave some basic familiarity with these six classics of Chinese Literature Thus World Literature Forum in this Recommended Classics and Masterpieces of World Literature Series provides the following very basic introduction to these works perhaps in a globalized version of ED Hirsch s What Every American Should Know reformulated as What Every Citizen of the World Should Know in the 21st Century THE IMMORTAL SAGA OF FAMILY DECLINE AND SPIRITUAL FATE HONG LOU MENG OR A DREAM OF RED MANSIONSThe theme and saga of family decline is a universal mofif in World Literature embracing such classics as Thomas Mann s Buddenbrooks the English Forsyth Saga of Gallsworthy Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waigh and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garc a M ruez The Dream of Red Mansions is one of the great exemplars of this genre movingly telling the tale of the decline of the Jia family laced with Buddhist spiritual fore fated melancholy from success and influence in the ing Dynasty Imperial Court through demise weakening of character disaster and their fall into relative obscurity Scholars and popular readers Yce (Captured by Aliens have agreed that the Dream of the Red Chamber also variously entitled A Dream of Red Chambers or The Story of the Stone is the greatest Chinese novel though differences of opinionave developed as to the exact nature of its greatness since its publication Indeed in China there is a whole virtual branch of knowledge or cottage industry which is known as Red ology in the interpretation of the work about which a similar amount of criticism as been written as comparable with that of Shakespeare criticism in England of Goethe criticism in Germany The Dream of the Red Mansion also serves as a veritable encyclopedia of imperial Chinese society and culture in the ing Dynasty 1644 1911 introducing over four undred characters ailing from all walks of life and social classes with intricate subplots and detailed descriptions of buildings gardens furniture cuisine medicines clothing poetry etiuette games performances and pastimes of the aristocracy and others The novel as simi autobiographical features as the author Cao Xuein 1715 1763also came from a declining family successful in the early ing Dynasty but reduced in fortune and circumstances until the author died in relative poverty and obscurity whille completing is immortal epic in BeijingReduced to its most central characters the story focuses on a young man of the jia family jia baoyu coming of the Jia family Jia Baoyu coming of surrounded by female cousins and slightly effeminate and romantic in is temperament who falls in love with but cannot marry Lin Daiyu a poor relation cousin who Out of the Shadows has a spiritual beauty that accompanieser declining ealth His Golden Days are spent cavorting with these cousins and friends in aristocratic pleasures and cultivated pastimes such as writing poetry couplets to each other watching Chinese Opera performances and frolicing in the Pleasure Garden of the family estate As the years go by Jia Baoyu protected and spoiled by is doting grand. 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T chapter Subseuent to the visions of a dream which Manual do guerreiro da luz head on some previous occasion experienced the writer personally relates Creative Alcohol Inks he designedly concealed the true circumstances and borrowed the attributes of perception and spirituality to relate this story of the Record of the Stone With this purposee made use of such designations as Chen Shih yin truth under the garb of fiction and the like What are Fallin For His Thug Passion 2 however the events recorded in this work Who are the dramatis personaeA stoneurled by an Empress feels neglected desolate and unfit The Empress N Wo the goddess of works in fashioning blocks of stones for the repair of the Carrot City heavens prepared at the Ta Huang Hills and Wu Ch i cave 36501 blocks of rough stone each twelve chang ineight and twenty four chang suare Of these stones the Empress Wo only used 36500 so that one single block remained over and above without being turned to any account This was cast down the Ch ing Keng peak So See What You Made Me Do how long is a chang so that we can picture this thing Answer 358 metres or 11 feet 9 inches Ta dah Yet that is onlyalf the story this Java 8 in Action heavenly stone can expand or contract become the apex of a mountain or lay in the palm of a curiousand What fun Not like Pauline Collins talking to rock in Shirley Valentine this rock talks back Damn couldn t find that clip of Weaving a Family Untangling Race and Adoption her talking to rock yet did find this bit which is smashing As regards the several stanzas of doggerel verse they may too evoke such laughter as to compel the reader to blurt out the rice and to spurt out the wine Zhuangzi said that the desire for money is difficult to overcome but the desire for fame is difficult Wellow about love Many believe that The Dream of the Red Chamber is emblematic of the climax of Chinese literature I do think it is the best Chinese novel but I wouldn t say it is the emblem because it departs greatly from the convention of Chinese literature and aims to reveal the ypocrisy of this convention which is its feigned integrity and disregard for love It is through the lens of love that Cao Xuein reveals to the readers the dilemma tragedy and general condition of uman life It is Principles of Agricultural Engineering Volume-1 (Farm Power, farm Machinery, Farm Buildings, Post Harvest-Technology) hard to describeow much this book means to me It not only defines The Special Undercover Delivery (The Little Ad (The Little Ad(option) Agency Book 1) how I understand my national identity but also serves as a foundation for my cognition and interpretation of almost everything Many times when life tosses me a certain peculiarity or uneasiness I would remember and contemplate on a scene a prose a uotation or a general idea about the fate of one of the character in this book and suddenly I would feel easier and say to myself this is life The Dream of the Red Chamber isn t very popular among Western readers and most well read people on GRave never The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure--Without Losing Your Soul heard of this book and even those who appreciate Chinese literature ignore it probably finding it too long too difficult too boring someone even said it s unaesthetic I veeard people comparing it to The Plum in the Golden Vase or categorizing it as a book about teenage relationships So I find it necessary to clarify that The Dream of the Red Chamber is objectively the single most important literary work in the Randomized Algorithms Cambridge International Series on Parallel Computation history of Chinese literature or even one can say East Asian literature It is important to Chinese literature than Shakespeare is to English literature It is ridiculous to think that you know Chinese literatureculturephilosophy withoutaving read this book even though I know that most people in China no longer read this Hundreds and thousands of scholars Northanger Abbey have devoted their lives to the study of every single word of this work For many admirers for Cao Xuein myself included we would be willing to sacrifice many years of our lives if we could read the original ending of this work whichas been unfortunately lost I consider it beyond my ability to review this book especially in the language of English so all I can do is an advertisement This is the book to read if you want to encounter Chinese mentality at its most powerful intricate insightful and sincere form The copy I read was a downloadable Kindle version I could not figure out the translator The total location number was 36403 If I use a recommended page euivalent converter number of 1669 the page number comes to a little over 2100 which is close to the printed full version page numberAt first I couldn t understand ow this book became one of the four pinnacles of classical Chinese literature The other three are The Romance of the Three Kingdoms Journey to the West and Outlaws of the Marsh all may ave various different titles depending on the translation It starts out like a rather dull uneventful linear diary spiced with an occasional mystical dream of the main prot g Bayou an early teenage boy growing into young adulthood during the story The details of The Japanese Pottery Handbook: Revised Edition his days and the days of aost of other main characters mostly The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) his relatives are given in obsessive almost painful detailsBut dear Reader don t be fooled by this slow start Perhaps the following statement will demonstrateow the book grew on me completing the first 20 % of the book took me time than the rest of the 80% The reason I Reckoning The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment hung on during these critical early pages was a fascinating look into a long gone culture a culture that until this dayas been reflected in the life and mentality of nearly a third of the World s population East and South East Asia to be exact If one The Conditions of Agricultural Growth The Economics of Agrarian Change under Population Pressure has my kind of enthrallment with various cultures the boring details throughout the book actually provide an exuisite opportunity to observe and learn In sharp contrast to the first part around 50% into the reading the story accelerated and Iad عمارة يعقوبيان hard time putting down my Kindle Fromere on the life events of a few dozen main characters and countless minor participants became compelling The story branched out into several exciting subplots only to be masterfully reunited in the final chaptersThe Jia is an old noble family in the middle period of the ing Dynasty China One of their greatest social achievements came when the Emperor chose their oldest daughter as a favorite concubine When the family learned that their daughter Jane Addams had gotten permission from the Court to visiter parents for er welcome they built a magnificent garden with several living uarters The rest of the story took place mostly in this garden and the surrounding two mansions belonging to two branches of the Jias The surrounding two mansions belonging to two branches of the Jias The storyline focuses on the slow decline of this uge influential family However there is an eually important second storyline running parallel with the first one as an organic component of it Bayou s somewhat mystical spiritual awakening Most characters The Mindset of Organization: Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time have multidimensional flesh and blood personalities without aint of dogmatic profiling The good bad and the ambiguous features are distributed among them with good sense letting their vivid individualities shine throughPoetry is an important part of the characters lives The book presents a good number of poems written by a few gifted family members Although intellectually these poems gave me very little to ang on to their moods nonetheless elped me understand the state of mind of those who wrote the poems and even the times they lived in Not unlike James Joyce s with URBAN ROMANCE his stream of consciousness the author gives the reader free access to the most inner thoughts of several major characters most notably to Bayou s This extra dimension of their personalities makes these characters even intimate and accessible to the readerOne thing I especially enjoyed in the book was learning about the multiple elements of the ing Dynasty China interwoven in the story the arranged marriages concubines the dowager cult incidentally this latter largely contributed to the fall of China during Emperor Dowager Cixi s regency the bizarre look at suicide as an accepted and in fact freuently expected solution to life s problems Chinese Medicine with its reliance on pulse evaluation the system of feudalistic servants whose status was not much different from slaves but who could becomeighly valued members of the families in the book represented by Xiren and Pinger the influence of Buddhism Taoism and Confucianism on every day life the role of Chinese Opera in Chinese culture the importance of jade in Chinese spirituality etcOne peculiarity that stood out for me in the book is the physical and psychological fragility of the Jia clan members Freuent crying mental derangement suicide and consumption ie tuberculosis abounded in this wealthy family I could not find any Open Adoption Experience Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families From Making the Decision Throug historical information regarding the incidence of mental disease and tuberculosis in 18th century China but based on the story it surely seemedigh Or was this family struck by an unusual genetic burden due to intermarriage As an example Bayou who On Alchemy himself acted at times as a schizophrenic other times as a depressed or autistic youngsters marriedis first cousinIn summary this is a
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book for its of an obscure Civil Rights and the Environment in African American Literature 1895 1941 historical timeardly accessible for most Westerners It Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a rich character set the theme is timeless and the intriguing subplots make it a persuasive reading The book s length is due to exuisite details On one side these seemingly unnecessary details don telp much with the modern concept of story development yet I would submit that they Timo l'Aventurier tome 1 have other literary values I can see that many potential readers will get discouraged to start or continue reading the book even after overcoming their reluctance due to the formidable page number To such potential readers I would recommend reading one of the abridged versions readily. Deten Verfall eines edlen großen Geschlechts das schließlich dank der sittlichen und. One of the greatest masterpieces of literature reading this was an incredible experience Poignant funny metaphysical tragic allegorical psychologically profound andighly entertaining it bridges the worlds of Politik Luar Negeri Indonesia Di Tengah Pusaran Politik Domestik heaven and earth dreams and reality and is a truly astonishing achievement Reading does not get any better than this it really is up there with Don uixote The Divine Comedy War and Peace Shakespeare and anything else you might name As one Western scholar on the work noted to appreciate its position in Chinese culture we must imagine a work with the critical cachet of James Joyce s Ulysses with the popular appeal of Margaret Mitchell s Gone With the Wind and twice as long as the two combinedThere is an excellent reviewere if you are interested it s listed in an alternate translation as Story of the Stone Excellent Starter Dream of the Red ChamberStory of the Stone two names for the same workThis is an abridged English version of an amazing Chinese novel called Dream of the Red Chamber or Story of the Stone I would recommend reading this if you would like to know the general story which you should as it is one of the most important novels in istory This book is HUGE in China it is considered along with one or two other works the pinnacle of Chinese literature And it is much nuanced than the Romeo and Juliet story it is sold as The story is of the downfall of a great ouse and L'art d'aimer how it affects the young men and women living there It is remarkable in that it is so much about women at a time when women s lives were considered unimportant It is also defies Confucian s in several ways though adheres to them in others Most points of the author s biography are unknown but it is thought thate belonged to a wealthy family that much like the family in the book came down in the world The book was completed by someone else It is also a good starter version if you are interested in testing it before you delve into the much longer unabridged version Which really you must read After reading this I read the David Hawkes translation 5 volumeswhich I Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 3 highly recommendEdit I just wanted to add that the main reason I recommend this book as a starter is that it gave me in many places the same emotional punch as the original which I think it a remarkable achievement consideringow greatly it as been condensed The truth is that if not for my Asian Literatures class I wouldn t ave mustered enough strength despite interest to read this novel And I am particularly drawn to the idea forwarded by some academics that Hong Lou Meng is actually a critiue to the reception of the public to fiction and perhaps to reading in general Also it is a counter to the idea that in orde I My Husbands Under Here Somewhere hate this book and I m ChineseOkate is a strong word I m repulsed by this book which I viewed as close to godliness in my childhood I Apiculture et dprdateurs des produits de la ruche hate em little balls of prudishnessSorry about this translators because I think you did a nice job on this book and I m still giving you two stars If I rated on your technicality alone I would give you a solid 3 or 4 I do like the English version in some ways better than the Chinese versions because it s so much normal for lack of a better word I felt that the prose style of the original was awkward and it somehow feels less distorted in the English version to a degree This is because Xuein used vernacular Chinese in composingis proses Vernacular is straightforward easily comprehensible brash raw characteristic and should remind me somewhat warmly of my Chinese neighboursBut Xuein changed it all He wrote in vernacular but all of Questions that Islam can't answer - Volume one his characters dialogues were soighly organized so refined so grammatically correct it simply feels artificial as if Deeds of John and Manuel Comnenus he made several rough drafts of one conversation before inserting them into the characters mouths He eleganized the beautiful spontaneous street talk of vernacular Iated that It s like somebody decided to Shakespearize Dickens English feels much normal for some reason bringing forthwith unconscious magnitude in the dialogue Then again English also concealed the brilliancy of the original proses and descriptions so there are wins and lossesNext I Comment Devenir Mannequin have a problem with the central themes which cannot be changed with translation Due to its uncertainty of themes the book can be read as a surreal poetic metaphor or a realistic piece of fiction But when you actually think about it the plot boils down to this rich noble bastards partyard Party crashes Go Kuli Kontrak homeAnd it talks about this for roughly 80 chapters before we lose the original manuscript and read the flawed 40 chapters This unfinished ness added to the mysticism surrounding the book and is a major topic still in modern Redology Then this book isailed as the eight of Chinese literatureDot dot dot To be onest the plot was good It still is good The ideas and philosophies are not It stereotypes men and women to a uge degree with its philosophies are not It stereotypes men and women to a uge degree with its of reversal sexism appeal I especially Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body had a problem with the author s ranking of women in the 5th chapter even if it is meant simply as a way of introducing dramatis personae you can t ignore that Jing Huan Goddess proclaimed iterself that only the BEST women are recorded and the rest of the COMMON VULGAR women are not Who the Soins naturels pour les cheveux hell does she or the author think they are For some reason some see the book as a novel of feminism while itad minimum impact on the Chinese feminist movement For another they see it as a idden way of expressing political satire In this case take the book off the classics shelf now why should we waste time on an author who doesn t even want to sit down and write a proper story Another proclaim the book is mainly emphasizing the Buddhism idea of Kong Huan in that everything even the most beautiful eventually amounts to nothing The author does a bad job of this if that is the case because is sadness Love Like You've Never Been Hurt Participant's Guide: Hope, Healing and the Power of an Open Heart his losses andis flames are uite trivial and does not match up to the greater kindness and understanding of Buddhism As I was reading it through in the future I couldn t Winning Ways For Your Mathematical Plays Volume 2 Games in Particular help but feel as if the author is writing these 80 chapters feeling narcissist ly sorry forimself There are a lot of unparalleled stories in the book though that outmatch the author s contemporaries Unfortunately not every story is of eual uality especially when you see L'Art au XXe sicle : Tome 1, Les avant-gardes how narrow the book s world really is It s constraining to see these young people shut up in a false paradise wasting their lives away Worst of all the author seems to take enjoyment in it too alongsideis forgotten sadness He beautified aspects of life that one would feel uncomfortable with for example it s okay for young girls to throw temper tantrums because she s young beautiful but apparently it s not okay for old women to throw tantrums because they re inferior to younger virgin girls Whut He also did not really show the intensity of corruptive activities in the familiesLast of all comes the poetry The poetry is greatly emphasized in this novel but upon reading it it becomes clear that ing dynasty poems were
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the decline The in the novel are most elegantly and skillfully composed Yet they lack creativity originality and sophistication The poems are mainly concerning either of the emptiness of Kamarja e turpit human life or mourning about the again most trivial things such as flowers plants people etc The grandeur mysticism of Tang Spring and Autumn and Three Kingdoms era poets are sadly failing in theands of ing poets and only begins to revive a little within chapter 78 in which Bao Yu composes a Song and a mournful Rhapsody which were the loveliest to read Well the author can t really make the poems great considering they come out of the ands of adolescents and the poems are the best parts of the book the main reason why I go back to read it today Overall technically speaking this book is not bad standing alone Yet it as achieved nearly national veneration in Chinese lit and I m not uite sure if it should be In terms of surreal and romantic aestheticism it does not match up to Genji Japanese but earlier than this book by 700 years If Murasaki can do it why not Xuein in terms of realism and Murasaki can do it why not Xuein in terms of realism and wobbles before Plum of the Golden Vase in terms of philosophy and mysticism I think loses to Journey to the West 100 Strange Stories the Carnal Prayer Mat and Tale of Scholars at the top of my Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque : St Seiya, tome 28 head The book s surpassing virtue is its delicate poetry sense of dreaminess and scattered cryptic messages which no one will ever be able to sort Nevertheless one does admireis strength of weaving stories and feels sorry that they could not read the completed work but it is not the best Given the entire China is learning English as a second language it s Os pastôres da noite hardly necessary for people in the western countries to study the notoriously difficult Chinese language for business or travel purposes However if there is one reasonable cause to learn Chinese it would be to appreciate this book in its original language which could be the greatest privilege for anyone who speaks ChineseWhat about translations One might askMy answer would be Given the chance I will probably get rid of every last copy of the translated A Dream of Red Mansions Because this legendary masterpiece with its profound beauty and delicate language is fundamentally untranslatable Guardian articleRead the novelere Hattip to WandafulOpening Chen Shih yin in a vision apprehends perception and spirituality Chia Y ts un in the windy and dusty world cherishes fond thoughts of a beautiful maidenThis is the opening section this the firs. Inhalt des Traums der roten Kammer ist die Geschichte vom Glanz und vom selbstverschul. .