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A Dream of Red Mansions - Volume 2 of 3 (A Dream of Red Mansions #2)
"A Dream of Red Mansions" (Hung Lou Meng, sometimes translated as "The Dream of the Red Chamber"), the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more.
The Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last feudal dynasty in China. Alt...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Fredonia Books (NL)
(first published January 1st 1978)
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This second volume continues the same distinct storytelling and character-building as the first, but with a greater sense of building tragedy. The lyrical, day-by-day nature of the story sometimes means you don't notice the tragedy, but you feel it always there, ready to descend. Gorgeous.
Considered to be one of the best translations (I also have the Chinese language versions). There are a few misspellings (eg. "wistaria"), but these do not lessen the readability. This comment is for the first edition, hardback, slip-cased edition, published by the Foreign Language Press, Peking, 1978. It uses alternate romanizations (Wade-Giles): Tsao Hsueh-Chin and Kao Ngo, illustrated by Tai Tun-Pang.
Cao Xueqin (Chinese: 曹雪芹; pinyin: Cáo Xuěqín; Wade–Giles: Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in, 1715 or 1724 — 1763 or 1764) was a Qing Dynasty Chinese writer, best known as the author of Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. His given name was Cao Zhan (曹霑) and his courtesy name is Mengruan (夢阮; 梦阮; literally "Dream about Ruan" or "Dream of Ruan")[...]More about Cao Xueqin...
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