[紅樓夢 Hónglóu Mèng] E–pub ´ Xueqin Cao
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 articularly drawn to the idea forwarded by some academics that Hong Lou Meng is actually a critiue to the reception of the Mercury Retrograde public to fiction anderhaps 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 Das Glück der Azteken proud and visible as a mockery to the Goddess rejection of him The story throughresenting the everyday life of eople shows the reader that a full life an enlightened life can be experienced through the mundane 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 history This book is HUGE in China it is considered along with one or two other works the innacle 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 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 unimportant It is also def One of the greatest masterpieces of literature reading this was an incredible experience Poignant funny metaphysical tragic allegorical Apoplexia, Toxic Shock, and Toilet Bowl Some Notes On Why I Write psychologicallyrofound 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 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 osition in Chinese culture we must imagine a work with the critical cachet of James Joyce s Ulysses with the opular appeal of Margaret Mitchell s Gone With the Wind and twice as long as the two combinedThere is an excellent review here if you are interested it s listed in an alternate translation as Story of the Stone 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 erson was expected to have read or 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 lace 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 laces 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 history and culture That said this book is as influential to Chinese culture as Dickens or Austen are to British culture and in movies op music and certainly contemporary Chinese literature you ll still encounter references to Dream of the Red ChamberThe lot 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 owerful families Much of the emphasis is on Yolanda's Genius plans to marry a son or daughter off to someone or who has theower in a certain 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 s hard to Fettan pin down what is metaphorical and what is supposed to be actual you llrobably enjoy this book In saying that I do not mean to scare away readers nor to cite the cultural and historical differences as a Die Kunst Des Zeichnens: Die grosse Zeichenschule: Praxisorientiert und gut erklärt problem or marker of something less thanor abnormal but it must be understood that due to the specifics of the ing Dynastylus various editions of the novel and additions by various authors and editors the book s study has become so complex and nuanced that there is even a name for the academic field of s study has become so complex and nuanced that there is even a name for the academic field of 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 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 owerful sweeping epic and utterly engrossing book and it stands in my opinion as robably one of the top ten The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans 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 overallretty cumbersome I realize that translators and editors
Of A Work This Complex Have Their a work this complex have their 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 winds up somewhere between a faithful replication of the Chinese and something seeming like a bad script writer trying to write dialog as eople would have spoken in Bible days In laces the novel even seems like a arody of itself If you thought the dialog in The Good Earth seemed fake and even comical with all the ah my retty lotus flower latitudes this book will make you want to tear your hair out If you can get flower latitudes this book will make you want to tear your hair out If you can get that it s a treat 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 Times of Bede page euivalent converter number of 1669 theage number comes to a little over 2100 which is close to the The Catechism of the Council of Trent printed full versionage numberAt first I couldn t understand how this book became one of the four innacles 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 uneventful linear diary spiced with an occasional mystical dream of the main rot 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 ainful detailsBut dear Reader don t be fooled by this slow start Perhaps the following statement will demonstrate how the book grew on me completing. Inhalt des Traums der roten Kammer ist die Geschichte vom Glanz und vom selbstverschul. The first 20 % of the book took me time than the rest of the 80% The reason I hung on during these critical early ages was a fascinating look into a long gone culture a culture that until this day has been reflected in the life and mentality of nearly a third of the World s opulation 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 Davids Sling provide an exuisite opportunity to observe and learn In sharp contrast to the firstart around 50% into the reading the story accelerated and I had hard time Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields putting down my Kindle From here on the life events of a few dozen main characters and countless minorarticipants 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 Learner Strategies in Language Learning 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 gottenermission from the Court to visit her Dangerously Placed parents for her welcome they built a magnificent garden with several living uarters The rest of the story tooklace 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 Just Destiny parallel with the first one as an organic component of it Bayou s somewhat mystical spiritual awakening Most characters have multidimensional flesh and bloodersonalities without a hint of dogmatic Paradise Run profiling The good bad and the ambiguous features are distributed among them with good sense letting their vivid individualities shine throughPoetry is an importantart of the characters lives The book resents a good number of oems written by a few gifted family members Although intellectually these Help Me, Jacques Cousteau poems gave me very little to hang on to their moods nonetheless helped me understand the state of mind of those who wrote theoems and even the times they lived in Not unlike 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 Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen 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 sroblems Chinese Medicine with its reliance on The Book of Mordred 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 etcOneeculiarity that stood out for me in the book is the Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide physical andsychological 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 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 ersuasive reading The book s the theme is timeless and the intriguing subplots make it a ersuasive reading The book s is due to exuisite details On one side these seemingly unnecessary 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 Hidden Boundaries potential readers will get discouraged to start or continue reading the book even after overcoming their reluctance due to the formidableage number To such otential readers I would recommend reading one of the abridged versions readily available in opular bookstores 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 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 Gods Callgirl peculiarity or uneasiness I would remember and contemplate on a scene arose 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 Forever I'm Yours popular among Western readers and most well readeople on GR have never heard of this book and even those who appreciate Chinese literature ignore it robably finding it too long too difficult too boring someone even said it s unaesthetic I ve heard eople 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 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 eople in China No Longer Read This longer read this 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 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 owerful intricate insightful and sincere form Guardian articleRead the novel here Hattip to WandafulOpening Chen Shih yin in a vision apprehends Renoir 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 first chapter Subseuent to the visions of a dream which he had on somerevious occasion experienced the writer Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik personally relates he designedly concealed the true circumstances and borrowed the attributes oferception and spirituality to relate this story of the Record of the Stone With this urpose he made use of such designations as Chen Shih yin truth under the garb of fiction and the like What are howeve. 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R the events recorded in this work Who are the dramatis The Donegal Woman personaeA stone hurled 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 heavensrepared 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 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 Martha's Chickens and the Pirates peak So how long is a chang so that we canicture 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 The Necromancer, or The Tale of the Black Forest 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 Given the entire China is learning English as a second language it s hardly necessary foreople in the western countries to study the notoriously difficult Chinese language for business or travel Amstel Girl: Playing With Destiny 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 greatestrivilege for anyone who speaks ChineseWhat about translations One might askMy answer would be Given the chance I will robably get rid of every last copy of the translated A Dream of Red Mansions Because this legendary masterpiece with its rofound beauty and delicate language is fundamentally untranslatable I hate this book and I m ChineseOk hate is a strong word I m repulsed by this book which I viewed as close to godliness in my childhood I hate em little balls of A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi 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 therose 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 composing his Hiam 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 his characters dialogues were so highly organized so refined so grammatically correct it simply feels artificial as if he made several rough drafts of one conversation before inserting them into the characters mouths He eleganized the beautiful spontaneous street talk of vernacular I hated 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 originalroses and descriptions so there are wins and lossesNext I have a We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure, problem with the central themes which cannot be changed with translation Due to its uncertainty of themes the book can be read as a surrealoetic metaphor or a realistic Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes piece of fiction But when you actually think about it thelot boils down to this rich noble bastards Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings party hard Party crashes Go 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 is hailed as the height of Chinese literatureDot dot dot To be honest thelot was good It still is good The ideas and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading philosophies are not It stereotypes men and women to a huge degree with its kind of reversal sexism appeal I especially had aroblem with the author s ranking of women in the 5th chapter even if it is meant simply as a s ranking of women in the 5th chapter even
#if it is #it is simply as a of introducing dramatis Tajna vještina - Gibonni biografija personae you can t ignore that Jing Huan Goddessroclaimed it herself that only the BEST women are recorded and the rest of the COMMON VULGAR women are not Who the hell does she or the author think they are For some reason some see the book as a novel of feminism while it had minimum impact on the Chinese feminist movement For another they see it as a hidden way of expressing olitical 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 roper story Another roclaim 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 his sadness his losses and his 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 help but feel as if the author is writing these 80 chapters feeling narcissist ly sorry for himself 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 how narrow the book s world really is It s constraining to see these young eople shut up in a false aradise wasting their lives away Worst of all the author seems to take enjoyment in it too alongside his 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 oetry The A Lion Among Men poetry is greatly emphasized in this novel but upon reading it it becomes clear that ing dynastyoems were on the decline The Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution poems in the novel are most elegantly and skillfully composed Yet they lack creativity originality and sophistication Theoems are mainly concerning either of the emptiness of human life or mourning about the again most trivial things such as flowers Otis plantseople etc The grandeur mysticism of Tang Spring and Autumn and Three Kingdoms era A Speech on the Present Duties and Future Destiny of the Negro Race: September 2, 1872 (Classic Reprint) poets are sadly failing in the hands of ingoets 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 Kiss of the Spiderwoman poems great considering they come out of the hands of adolescents and theoems are the best The Mutants Are Coming 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 has 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 andlotting wobbles before Plum of the Golden Vase in terms of hilosophy 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 head The book s surpassing virtue is its delicate oetry sense of dreaminess and scattered cryptic messages which no one will ever be able to sort Nevertheless one does admire his strength of weaving stories and feels sorry that they could not read the completed work but it is not the best. Geistigen Hochleistung eines an sich entarteten Sprößlings wieder zu Aufstieg gelan.