Chisi Xiong
Chisi Xiong asked:

There are so many versions/translations of the original...is this book another version/translation? or just based off the same story but written differently?

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Lucy Day Werts The version listed here (by Christine Sun) is the illustrated children's version, only 64 pages. It doesn't cover very much but it tells a story using selected people, places, and events from the original.

Here is my detailed list of the available English-language translations:
https://welovetranslations.com/2021/0...
Edzy True, there are different versions of the original text, but they differ only in minor ways. The Rouge text is established as the one closest to Cao Xueqin's original intent, and is available edited by several editors. If you read Chinese, I recommend the Cai Yijiang edition. The Zhou Ruchang edition and Zheng Qingshan edition are very close to the Cai Yijiang's, to the point that makes the issue moot for common readers.
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