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Math Basics 6 eFiction and the like What are however thevents recorded in this work Who are the dramatis 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 heavens prepared at the Ta Huang Hills and Wu Ch i cave 36501 blocks of rough stone Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, 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 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 canxpand 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 The First Ghost evoke such laughter as to compel the reader to blurt out the rice and to spurt out the wine Given thentire 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 very last copy of the translated A Dream of Red Mansions Because this legendary masterpiece with its profound 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 m 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 composing his proses Vernacular is straightforward Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential 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 Heleganized 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 original proses and descriptions so there are wins and lossesNext I 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 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 the plot was good It still is good The ideas and philosophies are not It stereotypes men and women to a huge degree with its kind of reversal sexism appeal I specially had a problem with the author s ranking of women in the 5th chapter ven if it is meant simply as a way of introducing dramatis personae you can t ignore that Jing Huan Goddess proclaimed 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 a novel of while it had minimum impact on the CHINESE FEMINIST MOVEMENT FOR ANOTHER THEY feminist movement For another they it as a hidden way of xpressing political satire In this case take the book off the classics shelf now why should we waste time on an author who doesn t ven want to sit down and write a proper story Another proclaim the book is mainly Smokin' Hot emphasizing the Buddhism idea of Kong Huan in thatverything Placing Memory even the most beautifulventually 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 Lasombra every story is ofual uality specially when you see 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 a false paradise wasting their lives away Worst of all the author seems to take in it too alongside his forgotten sadness He beautified aspects of life that one would feel uncomfortable with for xample 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 Wanton Nights emphasized in this novel but upon reading it it becomes clear that ing dynasty poems were on the decline The poems in the novel are mostlegantly and skillfully composed Yet they lack creativity originality and sophistication The poems are mainly concerning While My Soldier Serves either of themptiness of human life or mourning about the again most trivial things such as flowers plants people tc The grandeur mysticism of Tang Spring and Autumn and Three Kingdoms ra poets are sadly failing in the hands 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 hands 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 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 ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe earlier than this book by 700 years If Murasaki can do it why not Xuein in terms of realism and plotting 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 head The book s surpassing virtue is its delicate poetry sense of dreaminess and scattered cryptic messages which no one willver 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. 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The truth is that if not for my Asian Literatures class I wouldn t have mustered nough 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 nlightenment one must transcend the பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் everyday world A monk makes a stone nod The stone is cast away by the Goddess And yet in Hong Lou Meng thexact 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 The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 everyday life of people shows the reader that a full life annlightened life can be xperienced 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 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 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 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 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 lse 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 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 motional punch as the original which I think it a remarkable achievement considering how greatly it has been condensed One of the greatest masterpieces of literature reading this was an incredible xperience Poignant funny metaphysical tragic allegorical psychologically profound and highly Travis entertaining it bridges the worlds of heaven andarth 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 lse 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 xcellent 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 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 xamples of classic Chinese writing are able to offering an ngrossive 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 The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? 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 pop music and certainly contemporary Chinese literature you ll stillncounter 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 mphasis is on plans to marry a son or daughter off to someone or who has the power in a certain household If you njoy 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 pin down what is metaphorical and what is supposed to be actual you it s hard to pin down what is metaphorical and what is supposed to be actual you probably The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online enjoy this book In saying that I do not mean to scare away readers nor to cite the cultural and historical 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 variousditions of the novel and additions by various authors and Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet editors the book s study has become so complex and nuanced that there isven a name for the academic field of investigation of this one novel Redology No joke In 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) example a work mentioned in the book Fei Yi Ji Ji Gao a work within a work hasven 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 Design Research: Methods and Perspectives epic and utterlyngrossing book and it stands in my opinion as probably one of the top ten possibly Your Everyday Art World even top five works of world literaturever written Why only four stars then This translation and all translations I ve read or Why Photography Matters examined appear to have their faults and be overall pretty cumbersome I realize that translators andditors 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 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 have spoken "in Bible days In places the novel ven seems like a parody of itself If you thought the dialog in "Bible days In places the novel ven seems like a parody of itself If you thought the dialog in Good Earth seemed fake and Duty Free Murder 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 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 pageuivalent 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 how 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 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 prot g Bayou an arly 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 th. Inhalt des Traums der roten Kammer ist die Geschichte vom Glanz und vom selbstverschul. .

E 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 arly pages 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 population East and South East Asia to be Hsi K'Ang and His Poetical Essay on the Lute exact If one has my kind ofnthrallment with various cultures the boring details throughout the book actually provide an Venous Catheters 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 lifevents of a few dozen main characters and countless minor participants became compelling The story branched out into several xciting 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 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 main storyline focuses on the slow decline of this huge influential family However there is an ually 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 understand the state of mind of those who wrote the poems and ven 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 xtra dimension of their personalities makes these characters Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 even intimate and accessible to the readerOne thing Ispecially Witched At Birth (A Paris, Texas Romance, enjoyed in the book was learning about the multiplelements 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 xpected solution to life s problems Chinese Medicine with its reliance on pulse valuation 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 Smalltalk: Die Kunst des stilvollen Mitredens every day life the role of Chinese Opera in Chinese culture the importance of jade in Chinese spiritualitytcOne 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 unusual genetic burden due to intermarriage As an Burkes Christmas Surprise 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 toxuisite details On one side these
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unnecessary details don t 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 Tales from the Torrid Zone: Travels in the Deep Tropics 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 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 ismblematic of the climax of Chinese literature I do think it is the best Chinese novel but I wouldn t say it is the mblem 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 book means to me It not only defines how I understand my national identity but also as a foundation for my cognition and interpretation of almost verything 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 The Go-Girl Guide 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 andven those who appreciate Chinese literature ignore it probably finding it too long too difficult too boring someone Ne regarde pas even said it s unaesthetic 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 literary work in the history of Chinese literature orven 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 Unworldly Secretary, Untamed Greek 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 ofvery 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 nding of this work which has been unfortunately lost I consider it beyond my ability to review this book specially in the language of English so all I can do is an advertisement This is the book to read if you want to Beautiful Creatures encounter Chinese mentality at its most powerful intricate insightful and sincere form Guardian articleRead the novel here 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 first chapter Subseuent to the visions of a dream which he had on some previous occasionxperienced 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 use of such designations as Chen Shih yin truth under the garb of. Deten Verfall ines dlen großen Geschlechts das schließlich dank der sittlichen und. ,
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