(紅樓夢 Hónglóu Mèng) [PDF DOWNLOAD] Ê Xueqin Cao
REVIEW ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Õ Xueqin CaoLife 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 had gotten permission from the Court to visit her parents for her welcome they built a magnificent garden with several living arters The rest of the story took place mostly in this garden and the surrounding two mansions belonging to two branches of the Jias The main storyline focuses on the slow decline of this huge 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 have multidimensional flesh and blood personalities without a hint 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 hang on to their moods nonetheless helped me The Vanished (Roswell High, understand the state of mind of those who wrote the poems and even the times they lived in Notnlike James Joyce s with 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 become highly 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 historical information regarding the incidence of mental disease and tuberculosis in 18th century China but based on the story it surely seemed high Or was this family struck by an 120 Jobs That Wont Chain You to Your Desk unusual genetic burden due to intermarriage As an example Bayou who himself acted at times as a schizophrenic other times as a depressed or autistic youngsters married his first cousinIn summary this is a remarkable book for its documentation of an obscure historical time hardly accessible for most Westerners It 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 seeminglynnecessary details don t help much with the modern concept of story development yet I would submit that they 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 Available In Popular available in popular I hate this book and I m ChineseOk hate is a strong Word I M Repulsed By I m repulsed by book which I viewed as close to godliness in my childhood I 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 The truth is that if not for my Asian Literatures class I wouldn t have 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 order to attain enlightenment one must transcend the everyday world A monk makes a stone nod The stone is cast away by the Goddess And yet in Hong Lou Meng the exact opposite happens The stone that has been cast off goes into the Red Dust and lives a mundane life as Chia Pao Yu Upon death his story was carved on his surface and stands proud and visible as a mockery to the Goddess rejection of him The story through presenting the everyday life of people shows the reader that a full life an enlightened life can be experienced through the mundane 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 nlike any work in
"the western canon "Western canon 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 sed for various characters the cuts and transitions that are in places nlike 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 history and culture That said this book is as influential to Chinese cult. Deten Verfall eines edlen großen Geschlechts das schließlich dank der sittlichen nd. .
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 have read or at least to have 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 historical epic The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong and the classic Robin Hood tale of gallant outlaws Shui Hu Zhuan or The Water Margin Guardian articleRead the novel here Hattip to WandafulOpening Chen Shih yin in a vision apprehends perception and spirituality Chia Y ts n in the windy and dusty world cherishes fond thoughts of a beautiful maidenThis is the opening section this the first chapter Subseuent to the visions of a dream which he had on some previous occasion experienced the writer personally relates 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 purpose he made se of such designations as Chen Shih yin truth A Faithful Church Member under the garb of fiction and the like What are however the events recorded in this work Who are the dramatis personaeA stone hurled by an Empress feels neglected desolate andnfit The Empress N Wo the goddess of works in fashioning blocks of stones for the repair of the heavens prepared at the Ta Huang Hills and Wu Ch i cave 36501 blocks of rough stone each twelve chang in height and twenty four chang suare Of these stones the Empress Wo only sed 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 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 only half the story this heavenly stone can expand or contract become the apex of a mountain or lay in the palm of a curious hand What fun Not like Pauline Collins talking to rock in Shirley Valentine this rock talks back Damn couldn t find that clip of 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 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 one of the most important novels in 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 much nuanced than the Romeo and Juliet story is sold as The story is of the downfall of a great house and 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 nimportant It is also defies Confucian s in several ways though adheres to them in others Most points of the author s biography are nknown but it is thought that he 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 nabridged version Which really you must read After reading this I read the David Hawkes translation 5 volumeswhich I 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 considering how greatly it has been condensed The copy I read was a downloadable Kindle version I could not figure out the translator The total location number was 36403 If I Happy Halloween from the Montgomerys (With Me in Seattle, 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 tnderstand how
This Book Became Onebook became one 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 have various different titles depending on the translation It starts out like a rather dull Prince Henery Sinclair 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 his days and the days of a host of other main characters mostly his relatives are given in obsessive almost painful detailsBut dear Reader don t be fooled by this slow start Perhaps the following statement will demonstrate how the book grew on me completing the first 20 % of the book took me time than the rest of the 80% The reason I hung on during these critical early pages was a fascinating look into a long gone culture a culture thatntil this day has 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 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 I had hard time putting down my Kindle From here on the. Inhalt des Traums der roten Kammer ist die Geschichte vom Glanz nd vom selbstverschul. My Fairly Dangerous Godmother (My Fair Godmother, 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 to have their faults and be overall pretty cumbersome I realize that translators and editors of a work this complex 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 to happen is that the language windsp somewhere between a faithful replication of the Chinese and something seeming like a bad script writer trying to write dialog as people would 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 your hair out If you can get past that it s a treat Given the entire China is learning English as a second language it s 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 ntranslatable One of the greatest masterpieces of literature reading this
was an incredible experience poignant funny metaphysical tragican incredible experience Poignant funny metaphysical tragic psychologically profound and highly entertaining it bridges the worlds of heaven and earth dreams and reality and is a truly astonishing achievement Reading does not get any better than this it really is p there with Don The Elvis Enigma (Vegan Vamp, 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 re Zhuangzi said that the desire for money is difficult to overcome but the desire for fame is difficult Well how 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 hypocrisy 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 human life It is hard to describe how much this book means to me It not only defines how Inderstand 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 orfoundation for my cognition and interpretation of almost everything Many times when life tosses me a certain peculiarity or I would remember and contemplate on a scene a prose a otation 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 GR have never 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 naesthetic I ve heard 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 the single most important work in the 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 without having read this book even though I know that most people in China no longer read this Hundreds and thousands of scholars 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 which has been تاريخ جهنم 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. Geistigen Hochleistung eines an sich entarteten Sprößlings wieder zu Aufstieg gelan.