The Dream of the Red Chamber

The Dream of the Red Chamber

eBook - 2009
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Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the four Chinese classics. The novel is semi-autobiographical and it gives an incredibly detailed insight into 18th-century life in China, particularly that of the aristocracy. The plot is grand in scale, peopled with a complex array of characters.
Publisher: [Waiheke Island] : Floating Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781775416746
1775416747
Characteristics: 1 online resource (2119 p.)
Additional Contributors: Joly, H. Bencraft
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nancybaele
Jan 21, 2017

I found the translation stilted. As a result, I had no real sense of the quality of what is highly regarded as a masterpiece in Chinese Literature. I hope the library will soon get the much better Penguin edition translated byDavid Hawkes.

Suzanne T Wagner Dec 02, 2014

Difficult to read and follow due to the fact that it's of Eastern literature... Good book otherwise

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gogaku
Oct 02, 2012

This is the 1892-93 translation by H. Bencraft Joly, with a few minor corrections and conversion of transliterations from Wade-Giles to pinyin. He passed away before completing it, so there are only 56 chapters out of 120.

Although the translation is evidently quite faithful, I found it essentially unreadable, perhaps because it is too literal. In any case, I could not get into the story at all, and will be looking for a more modern translation.

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