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The Golden Days by Cao Xueqin
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Apr 09, 2011

really liked it

For lovers of the "social novel." The first volume is really hard to get into (there are SO MANY characters and they are all related and they all have Chinese names, so for the non-Chinese reader it's rather daunting). The first half of vol 1 took me about 4 weeks to finish, then it all clicked and I roared through the 2nd half, eagerly anticipating vol 2 (which lived up to the hype). Now I'm thinking I should go back and read this one again. The translator's style is lots of fun--Jane Austen, Balzac, and Tolstoy combined and in China--though I'm also interested in reading a more literal version.

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