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The Crab-Flower Club: The Story of the Stone, Chapters 27-53

Cao Xueqin


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PUBLISHED: 30th September 1977
ISBN: 9780140443264
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Tells the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia dynasty, focussing on Bao-yu, now married to Bao-chai, after the tragic death of his beloved Dai-yu. Against such worldly elements as death, financial ruin, marriage, decadence and corruption, his karmic journey unfolds.
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  • Paperback
    $26.39
PUBLISHED: 30th September 1977
ISBN: 9780140443264
ANNOTATION:
Tells the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia dynasty, focussing on Bao-yu, now married to Bao-chai, after the tragic death of his beloved Dai-yu. Against such worldly elements as death, financial ruin, marriage, decadence and corruption, his karmic journey unfolds.

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Tells the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia dynasty, focussing on Bao-yu, now married to Bao-chai, after the tragic death of his beloved Dai-yu. Against such worldly elements as death, financial ruin, marriage, decadence and corruption, his karmic journey unfolds.

Publisher Description

The Story of the Stone" (c. 1760), also known as "The Dream of the Red Chamber", is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The fifth part of Cao Xueqin's magnificent saga, "The Dreamer Awakes", was carefully edited and completed by Gao E some decades later. It continues the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia dynasty, focussing on Bao-yu, now married to Bao-chai, after the tragic death of his beloved Dai-yu. Against such worldly elements as death, financial ruin, marriage, decadence and corruption, his karmic journey unfolds. Like a sleepwalker through life, Bao-yu is finally awakened by a vision, which reveals to him that life itself is merely a dream, 'as moonlight mirrored in the water'.

Author Biography

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.

Review

"Filled with classical allusions, multilayered wordplay, and delightful poetry, Cao's novel is a testament to what Chinese literature was capable of. Readers of English are fortunate to have David Hawkes and John Minford's The Story of the Stone, which distills a lifetime of scholarship and reading into what is probably the finest work of Chinese-to-English literary translation yet produced. You will be rewarded every bit of attention you give it, many times over." --SupChina, "The 100 China Books You Have to Read, Ranked" (#1)

Product Details

Author
Cao Xueqin
Pages
608
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Story of the Stone (the Dream of the Red Chamber)
Language
English
ISBN-10
0140443266
ISBN-13
9780140443264
Media
Book
Series Number
02
Year
1977
Publication Date
1977-09-30
Translator
David Hawkes
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
Chinese
Illustrations
illustrations
Edition
2nd
Subtitle
The Crab-flower Club
Short Title
STORY OF THE STONE V02 CRAB-FL
Format
Paperback
Residence
US
Edition Description
Revised