One of Children in the Global Sex Trade the greatest masterpieces of literature readinghis was an incredible experience Poignant funny metaphysical ragic allegorical psychologically profound and highly entertaining it bridges he worlds of heaven and earth dreams and reality and is a Wild Mustang truly astonishing achievement Reading does not get any betterhan his it really is up here with Don uixote The Divine Comedy War and Peace Shakespeare and anything else you might name As one Western scholar on he work noted o appreciate its position in Chinese culture we must imagine a work with Belonging the critical cachet of James Joyce s Ulysses withhe popular appeal of Margaret Mitchell s Gone With he Wind and wice as long as Grandpa Grumpy's Family thewo combinedThere is an excellent review here if you are interested it s listed in an alternate The Guardian translation as Story ofhe Stone Excellent Starter Dream of Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things the Red ChamberStory ofhe Stone Sandpiper Drift two names forhe same workThis is an abridged English version of an amazing Chinese novel called Dream of he Red Chamber or Story of he Stone I would recommend reading his if you would like o know he general story which you should as it is one of he most important novels in history This book is HUGE in China it is considered along with one or wo other works he pinnacle of Chinese literature And it is much nuanced han he Romeo and Juliet story it is sold as The story is of he downfall of a great house and how it affects he young men and women living here It is remarkable in hat it is so much about women at a Bachelor-Auction Bridegroom (The Way We Met...And Married) (Harlequin American Romance Series) time when women s lives were considered unimportant It is also defies Confucian s in several wayshough adheres The State of Public Administration tohem in others Most points of The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities the author s biography are unknown but it ishought hat he belonged o a wealthy family Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East (Critical Youth Studies) that much likehe family in Alexandria, Real and Imagined the book came down inhe world The book was completed by someone else It is also a good starter version if you are interested in The Complete Editor testing it before you delve intohe much longer unabridged version Which really you must read After reading Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction this I readhe David Hawkes ranslation 5 volumeswhich I highly recommendEdit I just wanted o add Talking with Doctors thathe main reason I recommend The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic this book as a starter ishat it gave me in many places Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf the same emotional punch ashe original which I Marley think it a remarkable achievement considering how greatly it has been condensed Theruth is hat if not for my Asian Literatures class I wouldn have mustered enough strength despite interest o read his novel And I am particularly drawn Cruel Harvest tohe idea forwarded by some academics Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives that Hong Lou Meng is actually a critiueo he reception of he public o fiction and perhaps o reading in general Also it is a counter Trilobites tohe idea The Friend that in ordero attain enlightenment one must Bomber Boys: Fighting Back, 1940-1945 transcendhe everyday world A monk makes a stone nod The stone is cast away by Through Streets Broad and Narrow the Goddess And yet in Hong Lou Menghe exact opposite happens The stone Someone To Love that has been cast off goes intohe 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 The Subterraneous Passage; or, Gothic Cell tohe Goddess rejection of him The story The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life through presentinghe everyday life of people shows The Advertising Agency Business the readerhat a full life an enlightened life can be experienced Alamein throughhe mundane I hate Undone Is Beautiful: There Is Beauty to Be Found in the Middle of the Mess this book and I m ChineseOk hate is a strong word I m repulsed byhis book which I viewed as close o godliness in my childhood I hate em little balls of prudishnessSorry about his ranslators because I hink you did a nice job on Jek/Hyde this book and I m still giving youwo stars If I rated on your Learning to See technicality alone I would give you a solid 3 or 4 I do likehe English version in some ways better Addiction thanhe Chinese versions because it s so much normal for lack of a better word I felt hat he prose style of Surviving Seduction the original was awkward and it somehow feels less distorted inhe English version It Takes A Thief (Hagen Series to a degree This is because Xuein used vernacular Chinese in composing his proses Vernacular is straightforward 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 insertinghem into he characters mouths He eleganized he beautiful spontaneous street alk of vernacular I hated hat It s like somebody decided The Moon Platoon to Shakespearize Dickens English feels much normal for some reason bringing forthwith unconscious magnitude inhe dialogue Then again English also concealed he brilliancy of he original proses and descriptions so here are wins and lossesNext I have a problem with he central hemes which cannot be changed with ranslation Due o its uncertainty of hemes The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics the book can be read as a surreal poetic metaphor or a realistic piece of fiction But when you actuallyhink about it he plot boils down o his rich noble bastards party hard Party crashes Go homeAnd it alks about his for roughly 80 chapters before we lose he original manuscript and read Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High the flawed 40 chapters This unfinished ness addedo Risk the mysticism surroundinghe book and is a major Pretty Sly topic still in modern Redology Thenhis book is hailed as Unravel Me the height of Chinese literatureDot dot dot To be honesthe plot was good It still is good The ideas and philosophies are not It stereotypes men and women J. G. Ballard to a huge degree with its kind of reversal sexism appeal I especially had a problem withhe author s ranking of women in he 5th chapter even if it is meant simply as a way of introducing dramatis personae you can ignore Bete De Jour: The Intimate Adventures Of An Ugly Man that Jing Huan Goddess proclaimed it herselfhat only he BEST women are recorded and he rest of Hidden Agenda (Project Justice the COMMON VULGAR women are not Whohe hell does she or The Secret Wife the authorhink Man of Honour: John MacArthur, Duellist, Rebel, Founding Father they are For some reason some seehe book as a novel of feminism while it had minimum impact on he Chinese feminist movement For another hey see it as a hidden way of expressing political satire In Student Sex With Teacher - Spanking Sexy 3-Story Bundle this caseake A McCabe at Heart the book offhe classics shelf now why should we waste Solomon's Keepers time on an author who doesn even want o sit down and write a proper story Another proclaim he book is mainly emphasizing A Girl Less Ordinary the Buddhism idea of Kong Huan inhat everything even The Golden Lord the most beautiful eventually amountso nothing The author does a bad job of his if hat is City Doctor, Outback Nurse the case because his sadness his losses and his flames are uiterivial and does not match up o he greater kindness and understanding of Buddhism As I was reading it hrough in he future I couldn help but feel as if he author is writing hese 80 chapters feeling narcissist ly sorry for himself There are a lot of unparalleled stories in he book hough hat outmatch he author s contemporaries Unfortunately not every story is of eual uality especially when you see how narrow he book s world really is It s constraining o see hese young people shut up in a false paradise wasting Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization, Volume 2 their lives away Worst of allhe author seems The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level toake enjoyment in it Writing For Business Results too alongside his forgotten sadness He beautified aspects of lifehat one would feel uncomfortable with for example it s okay for young girls Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor tohrow Party Hearty: Hot, Sexy, Have-a-Blast Food Fun All Year Round temperantrums because she s young beautiful but apparently it s not okay for old women Mantra tohrow The Girl from the Garden tantrums becausehey re inferior Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith to younger virgin girls Whut He also did not really showhe intensity of corruptive activities in The Teenage Brain the familiesLast of all comeshe poetry The poetry is greatly emphasized in his *novel but upon reading it it becomes clear hat ing dynasty poems were on he decline The poems in *but upon reading it it becomes clear hat ing dynasty poems were on The Girl from the Garden the decline The poems in novel are most elegantly and skillfully composed Yethey lack creativity originality and sophistication The poems are mainly concerning either of Night Hush the emptiness of human life or mourning abouthe again most The Wrong Dead Guy trivialhings such as flowers plants people etc The grandeur mysticism of Tang Spring and Autumn and Three Kingdoms era poets are sadly failing in he hands of ing poets and only begins o revive a little within chapter 78 in which Bao Yu composes a Song and a mournful Rhapsody which were he loveliest o read Well The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Trans-Atlantic Crossing the author can really make Nightingale: (Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY) the poems great consideringhey come out of Faint Trace: A June Lyons Novella the hands of adolescents andhe poems are The Cherry Harvest the best parts ofhe book he main reason why I go back o read it The Sun today Overallechnically speaking Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are 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 Inerms of surreal and romantic aestheticism it does not match up o Genji Japanese but earlier han his book by 700 years If Murasaki can do it why not Xuein in erms of realism and plotting wobbles before Plum of he Golden Vase in erms of philosophy and mysticism I The 3rd Woman think loseso Journey The Stolen Child tohe West 100 Strange Stories Yes, and the Carnal Prayer Mat and Tale of Scholars athe Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids top of my head The book s surpassing virtue is its delicate poetry sense of dreaminess and scattered cryptic messages which no one will ever be ableo sort Nevertheless one does admire his strength of weaving stories and feels sorry hat hey could not read A Line of Blood the completed work but it is nothe best Given Cinco de Mayhem (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery, the entire China is learning English as a second language it s hardly necessary for people inhe western countries Cinco de Mayhem to studyhe notoriously difficult Chinese language for business or The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journey travel purposes However ifhere is one reasonable cause The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing to learn Chinese it would beo appreciate Mad as Helen (River Road, this book in its original language which could behe greatest privilege for anyone who speaks ChineseWhat about ranslations One might askMy answer would be Given he chance I will probably get rid of every last copy of Crazy Heart theranslated A Dream of Red Mansions Because his legendary masterpiece with its profound beauty and delicate language is fundamentally untranslatable Guardian articleRead he novel here Hattip o WandafulOpening Chen Shih yin in a vision apprehends perception and spirituality Chia Y s un in Just a Girl the windy and dusty world cherishes fondhoughts of a beautiful maidenThis is Under the Same Blue Sky the opening sectionhis Family Pictures the first chapter Subseuento Not Supposed To the visions of a dream which he had on some previous occasion experiencedhe writer personally relates he designedly concealed Dream A Little Death therue circumstances and borrowed Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog the attributes of perception and spiritualityo relate The Women in the Castle this story ofhe Record of Inventing the Middle Ages the Stone Withhis purpose he made use of such designations as Chen Shih yin What Not to Bare truth underhe garb of fiction and Glimmer the like What are howeverhe events recorded in his work Who are he dramatis personaeA stone hurled by an Empress feels neglected desolate and unfit The Empress N Wo Forward: A Memoir the goddess of works in fashioning blocks of stones forhe repair of The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789 the heavens prepared athe Ta Huang Hills and Wu Ch i cave 36501 blocks of rough stone each Rain Wilds Chronicles twelve chang in height andwenty four chang suare Of hese stones he Empress Wo only used 36500 so Puntos de Partida that one single block remained over and above without beingurned Into the Crossfire to any account This was cast downhe Ch ing Keng peak So how long is a chang so hat we can picture his Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy thing Answer 358 metres or 11 feet 9 inches Ta dah Yethat is only half All Involved the storyhis heavenly stone can expand or contract become Ballroom the apex of a mountain or lay inhe palm of a curious hand What fun Not like Pauline Collins The Hidden Memory of Objects talkingo rock in Shirley Valentine The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland this rockalks back Damn couldn Unworldly Encounter: Part 5 t findhat clip of her alking o rock yet did find his bit which is smashing As regards he several stanzas of doggerel verse The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man they mayoo evoke such laughter as Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results to compelhe reader Yankton College: A Historical Sketch (Classic Reprint) to blurt outhe rice and Medical Office Procedures to spurt outhe wine Zhuangzi said Courting Claudia thathe desire for money is difficult Jack's Widow: A Novel to overcome buthe desire for fame is difficult Well how about love Many believe The Scandal Plan that The Dream ofhe Red Chamber is emblematic of Death on the Aisle the climax of Chinese literature I dohink it is Allied the best Chinese novel but I wouldn say it is Superheroes Anonymous the emblem because it departs greatly fromhe convention of Chinese literature and aims Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex to revealhe hypocrisy of Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work: How to Use the Enneagram System for Success this convention which is its feigned integrity and disregard for love It ishrough Snowbound at Christmas (Montana Men, the lens of lovehat Cao Xuein reveals o he readers Bad Childhood---Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood the dilemmaragedy and general condition of human life It is hard Drive Me Crazy to describe how muchhis book means One Lucky Hero to me It not only defines how I understand my national identity but also serves as a foundation for my cognition and interpretation of almost everything Manyimes when life osses me a certain peculiarity or uneasiness I would remember and contemplate on a scene a prose a uotation or a general idea about he fate of one of The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Gear, and Handling the character inhis book and suddenly I would feel easier and say The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers to myselfhis is life The Dream of he Red Chamber isn very popular among Western readers and most well read people on GR have never heard of his book and even hose who appreciate Chinese literature ignore it probably finding it oo long oo difficult oo boring someone even said it s unaesthetic I ve heard people comparing it o The Plum in Kissing in America the Golden Vase or categorizing it as a book abouteenage relationships So I find it necessary Nylon and Bombs: DuPont and the March of Modern America to clarifyhat The Dream of Traps Treachery (Legends Lairs, d20 System) the Red Chamber is objectivelyhe single most important literary work in he history of Chinese literature or even one can say East Asian literature It is important o Chinese literature han #Shakespeare Is To English # is o English It is ridiculous o hink is important o Chinese literature han Shakespeare is The Clutter Connection: How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do to English literature It is ridiculouso Art And The Committed Eye: The Cultural Functions Of Imagery think you know Chinese literatureculturephilosophy without having readhis book even From Dependency To Development: Strategies To Overcome Underdevelopment And Inequality though I knowhat most people in China no longer read The Glass Woman this Hundreds andhousands of scholars have devoted World History of the Dance their liveso he study of every single word of his work For many admirers for Cao Xuein myself included we would be willing Hitler and the Germans to sacrifice many years of our lives if we could readhe original ending of Starting Out: My Story So Far this work which has been unfortunately lost I consider it beyond my abilityo review his book especially in he language of English so all I can. Inhalt des Traums der roten Kammer ist die Geschichte vom Glanz und vom selbstverschul. Do is an advertisement This is One Black Shoe the booko read if you want Vampire City to encounter Chinese mentality at its most powerful intricate insightful and sincere form The copy I read was a downloadable Kindle version I could not figure outhe Maths People Problems Results Package translator Theotal location number was 36403 If I use a recommended page euivalent converter number of 1669 he page number comes o a little over 2100 which is close o he printed full version page numberAt first I couldn understand how his book became one of he four pinnacles of classical Chinese literature The other hree are The Romance of A Red Skeleton in Your Closet: Ghost Stories- Gay and Grim the Three Kingdoms Journeyo Beautiful Boxes: Design and Techniques the West and Outlaws ofhe Marsh all may have various different Lucretia s Batavia Diary titles depending onhe She translation It starts out like a rather dull uneventful linear diary spiced with an occasional mystical dream ofhe main prot g Bayou an early Kayla Wayman, Junior Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream: A Story Sprouts Collaborative Novel (Story Sprouts Novel Book 1) teenage boy growing into young adulthood duringhe story The details of his days and he days of a host of other main characters mostly his relatives are given in obsessive almost painful detailsBut dear Reader don be fooled by Twisted Rails, Sunken Ships: The Rhetoric of Nineteenth Century Steamboat and Railroad Accident Investigation Reports, 1833-1879 this slow start Perhapshe following statement will demonstrate how Literary Paper Dolls: Includes 16 Masters of the Literary World! the book grew on me completinghe first 20 % of September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem the bookook me ime han he rest of he 80% The reason I hung on during Stalin's Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War these critical early pages was a fascinating look into a long gone culture a culturehat until Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution this day has been reflected inhe life and mentality of nearly a Sweet Southern Nights third ofhe World s population East and South East Asia Joy of Stress Ppb to be exact If one has my kind of enthrallment with various cultureshe boring details It's All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir) throughouthe book actually provide an exuisite opportunity The Lakotas and the Black Hills to observe and learn In sharp contrasto The Tale Bearers: Essays On English, American And Other Writers the first part around 50% intohe reading The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South the story accelerated and I had hardime putting down my Kindle From here on he life events of a few dozen main characters and countless minor participants became compelling The story branched out into several exciting subplots only o be masterfully reunited in he final chaptersThe Jia is an old noble family in he middle period of he ing Dynasty China One of heir greatest social achievements came when he Emperor chose heir oldest daughter as a favorite concubine When he family learned hat His Small-Town Family (Home to Dover, their daughter had gotten permission fromhe Court His Sons Teacher to visit her parents for her welcomehey built a magnificent garden with several living uarters The rest of Hot Spell the storyook place mostly in The Ranger this garden andhe surrounding wo mansions belonging o wo branches of he Jias The main storyline focuses on he slow decline of his huge influential family However here is an eually important second storyline running parallel with he 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 Стоте премеждия на Бан Батил (Бан Батил, the ambiguous features are distributed amonghem with good sense letting heir vivid individualities shine hroughPoetry is an important part of he characters lives The book presents a good number of poems written by a few gifted family members Although intellectually hese poems gave me very little o hang on o Words Get in the Way their moods nonetheless helped me understandhe state of mind of The Seagull Reader: Fiction those who wrotehe poems and even IFA: The Key to Its Understanding theimes Asylum they lived in Not unlike James Joyce s with his stream of consciousnesshe author gives he reader free access o he most inner houghts of several major characters most notably o Bayou s This extra dimension of heir personalities makes hese characters even intimate and accessible o Paprika the readerOnehing I especially enjoyed in More To Remember; Poems Of Four Decades the book was learning abouthe multiple elements of Three Major Plays the ing Dynasty China interwoven inhe story Penjahanaman Pemikiran Intelektual the arranged marriages concubineshe dowager cult incidentally his latter largely contributed o he fall of China during Emperor Dowager Cixi s regency he bizarre look at suicide as an accepted and in fact freuently expected solution Immortal to life s problems Chinese Medicine with its reliance on pulse evaluationhe system of feudalistic servants whose status was not much different from slaves but who could become highly valued members of Modern Albania the families inhe book represented by Xiren and Pinger Ninth and Hell Street the influence of Buddhism Taoism and Confucianism on every day lifehe role of Chinese Opera in Chinese culture he importance of jade in Chinese spirituality etcOne peculiarity hat stood out for me in 101 Wire Earrings: Step-by-Step Projects Techniques the book ishe physical and psychological fragility of It's On and Poppin the Jia clan members Freuent crying mental derangement suicide and consumption ieuberculosis abounded in his wealthy family I could not find any historical information regarding he incidence of mental disease and Gift of Faith tuberculosis in 18th century China but based onhe story it Surely Seemed High Or Was This Family seemed high Or was his family by an unusual genetic burden due o intermarriage As an example Bayou who himself acted at How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling times as a schizophrenic otherimes as a depressed or autistic youngsters married his first cousinIn summary his is a remarkable book for its documentation of an obscure historical ime hardly accessible for most Westerners It has a rich character set he heme is Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis timeless andhe intriguing subplots make it a persuasive reading The book s length is due Thirty Years in Lane: And Other Lane Papers (Classic Reprint) to exuisite details On one sidehese seemingly unnecessary details don Remember Me to Harold Square t help much withhe modern concept of story development yet I would submit hat hey have other literary values I can see hat many potential readers will get discouraged o start or continue reading he book even after overcoming heir reluctance due Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes tohe formidable page number To such potential readers I would recommend reading one of he I just re read his classic of Chinese literature as it s been years since I first read it The Dream of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State the Red ChamberStory ofhe Stone is unlike any work in he Western canon yet it fits into he Western radition of great literature in a way few other examples of classic Chinese writing are able o offering an engrossive narrative and a real feel for both character and place There are aspects of Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War this novelhat may confuse Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles the modern reader of it in Englishranslation he many itles and nicknames used for various characters Secrets of State the cuts andransitions hat are in places unlike Western narrative and a wealth of Chinese raditions manners and morals hat will due o Cold Mountain their exoticism and antiuity alike will confound a reader not already aware of ing Dynansty history and culture That saidhis book is as influential Don't Try This at Home: How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People) to Chinese culture as Dickens or Austen areo British culture and in movies pop music and certainly contemporary Chinese literature you ll still encounter references o Dream of he Red ChamberThe plot of The War Artists the novel followshe lives of he Rongguo House and he Ningguo House of he noble and wealthy Jia clan and hus How'd You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs-and How to Get Them the drama and intrigue visited onhese powerful families Much of Walt Disney's Cinderella (A Little Golden Book Classic) the emphasis is on planso marry a son or daughter off o someone or who has he power in a certain household If you enjoy Jane Austen after getting over Due Diligence the cultural differnces and obscure wayhe story is old magic factors in a great deal and sometimes it s hard o pin down what is metaphorical and what is supposed Coyote Frontier to be actual you ll probably enjoyhis book In saying Anything We Love Can Be Saved that I do not meano scare away readers nor My Swedish Cousins to citehe cultural and historical differences as a problem or marker of something less Mexican Hooker thanor abnormal but it must be understoodhat due o he specifics of The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels the ing Dynasty plus various editions ofhe novel and additions by various authors and editors An Open Spook (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, the book s study has become so complex and nuancedhat Cannibal there is even a name forhe academic field of investigation of Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg this one novel Redology No joke In example a work mentioned inhe book Fei Yi Ji Ji Gao a work within a work has even been studied in detail and he jury of scholars is still out on he origins and authenticity of his work All hat said Tweaked this is a powerful sweeping epic and utterly engrossing book and it stands in my opinion as probably one ofhe The Crooked Branch topen possibly even The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance top five works of world literature ever written Why only four starshen This The Secret Of The Caves / The Secrets of Pirates Hill / The Secret of the Old Mill (The Hardy Boys translation and allranslations I ve read or examined appear o have heir faults and be overall pretty cumbersome I realize hat ranslators and editors of a work The Superhuman Mind: How to Unleash Your Inner Genius this complex haveheir asks cut out for hem and I don Double Dealing t wanto see anything done Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme that would mitigatehe Steampunk Style Jewelry true flavor ofhe original yet what seems o happen is hat Sapphique (Incarceron, the language winds up somewhere between a faithful replication ofhe Chinese and something seeming like a bad script writer rying o write dialog as people would have spoken in Bible days In places he novel even seems like a parody of itself If you hought Traditional Country Furniture: 21 Projects in the Shaker, Appalachian and Farmhouse Styles the dialog in The Good Earth seemed fake and even comical with allhe ah my pretty lotus flower platitudes his book will make you want o The Red Sea Bride tear your hair out If you can get pasthat it s a reat 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 BROTHERS by SHI NAI AN THE SCHOLARS BY WU JINGZI AND THE EROTIC CLASSIC THE JIN PING MEI OR GOLDEN LOTUS FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR IN CHIEFChinese culture is renown for its addiction o compiling Lists of I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President the Greats fromhe Four Great Inventions of China Paper More-Igami the Comnpass Printing and Gunpowdero he Four Great Beautiful Women Yang Guifei Xi Shi Yang Jiaojun and Diaochan o Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present the Three Great Tang Dynasty Poets Li Bai Li Po Du Fu and Wang Weio Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory the Four Great Novels of Chinese Literature Thus every educated Chinese person was expectedo have read or at least o have houroughly read about The Four Great Novels The ing Dynasty Classic he Hong Lou Meng or The Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xuein he Xi You Ji or Journey El Reino Que No Podía Ser Compartido tohe West by Wu Chengen featuring he fabulous Monkey King Sun Wukong he great historical epic The Romance of he Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong and he classic Robin Hood The Culling Trials tale of gallant outlaws Shui Hu Zhuan or The Water Margin by Shi Nai an Chinese scholars generally addedwo additional novels as an Apocrypha The New Rules of Work: The ultimate career guide for the modern workplace tohis Canonic Prose Bible of The Four Great Novels which officially you shouldn have read like he Maruis de Sade or Lady Chatterly s Lover in he West but which if you were a real intellectual you definitely should have The erotic classic he Jin Ping Mei or The Golden Lotus which was excluded from inclusion in HIV Prevention Saves Lives (Classic Reprint) the canon because of its sexual immoral and pornographic content despite its admitted literary excellence andhe Ru Lin Wai Shi or The Scholars by Wu Jingzi also downgraded from classical status due o
"Its Bohemian Counter Cultural Satire On And "bohemian counter cultural satire on and of raditional Confucian scholars and examination passing officials as mindless conformists and intellectual ciphers In Because It Feels Good the not so remote past education centered on learninghe cultural radition of one s own nation was assumed o be an adeuate foundation for functional adulthood and citizenship Thus Chinese scholars concentrated on he Confucian heritage and with little effort given o understanding other civilizations and Programming in Objective-C 2.0 traditions Christians were content withhe Bible and heir own national classics and Islamic nations were happy if one could recite he Koran by heart In La Batalla today s cosmopolitan globalized world ofransnational business and he Internet familiarity with one s own national history national culture and literature is no longer an adeuate preparation for adult life in he globalized real world Thus each educated person in Math and Science Workout for the Act, 4th Edition: Extra Practice for an Excellent Score the modern world must have a basic familiarity with World Literature in additiono his own national or regional literature accompanied of course with a basic knowledge of World History World Religions World Philosophy and universal science With he increasing importance of a Rising China in world affairs and culture it is hus incumbent on every educated person in he world o have some basic familiarity with hese six classics of Chinese Literature Thus World Literature Forum in his Recommended Classics and Masterpieces of World Literature Series provides he following very basic introduction o hese works perhaps in a globalized version of ED Hirsch s What Every American Should Know reformulated as What Every Citizen of he World Should Know in he 21st Century THE IMMORTAL SAGA OF FAMILY DECLINE AND SPIRITUAL FATE HONG LOU MENG OR A DREAM OF RED MANSIONSThe heme and saga of family decline is a universal mofif in World Literature embracing such classics as Thomas Mann s *Buddenbrooks The English Forsyth *the English Forsyth of Gallsworthy Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waigh and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garc a M ruez The Dream of Red Mansions is one of he great exemplars of his genre movingly Boston Connection[Krimi] tellinghe Edmund Burke Natural Law tale ofhe decline of The Haunted Halloween Carnival the Jia family laced with Buddhist spiritual fore fated melancholy from success and influence inhe ing Dynasty Imperial Court hrough demise weakening of character disaster and heir fall into relative obscurity Scholars and popular readers have agreed hat he Dream of he Red Chamber also variously entitled A Dream of Red Chambers or The Story of he Stone is Unfit to be a Slave the greatest Chinese novelhough differences of opinion have developed as o he exact nature of its greatness since its publication Indeed in China Magazine Writing: And the New Literature (Classic Reprint) there is a whole virtual branch of knowledge or cottage industry which is known as Red ology inhe interpretation of he work about which a similar amount of criticism has been written as comparable with hat of Shakespeare criticism in England of Goethe criticism in Germany The Dream of he Red Mansion also serves as a veritable encyclopedia of imperial Chinese society and cu. Deten Verfall eines edlen großen Geschlechts das schließlich dank der sittlichen und. .
Lture in he ing Dynasty 1644 1911 introducing over four hundred characters hailing from all walks of life and social classes with intricate subplots and detailed descriptions of buildings gardens furniture cuisine medicines clothing poetry etiuette games performances and pastimes of he aristocracy and others The novel has simi autobiographical features as he author Cao Xuein 1715 1763also came from a declining family successful in From a Writer's Notebook the early ing Dynasty but reduced in fortune and circumstances untilhe author died in relative poverty and obscurity whille completing his immortal epic in BeijingReduced Women and Power in the Middle East to its most central charactershe story focuses on a young man of A Year of Weddings the Jia family Jia Baoyu coming of age surrounded by female cousins and slightly effeminate and romantic in hisemperament who falls in love with but cannot marry Lin Daiyu a poor relation cousin who has a spiritual beauty hat accompanies her declining health His Golden Days are spent cavorting with hese cousins and friends in aristocratic pleasures and cultivated pastimes such as writing poetry couplets o each other watching Chinese Opera performances and frolicing in he Pleasure Garden of The Political Economy of China's Economic Zones the family estate Ashe years go by Jia Baoyu protected and spoiled by his doting grandmother interminably procrastinates in pursuing he win adult responsibilities urged on him by his parents His stern Confucian father urges on him he duty of studying hard passing he Imperial Examination becoming a court bureaucrat and restoring he family s declining material fortunes His mother urges hat he find an appropriate match as a wife from a successful aristocratic family hat can extend and enhance he waning power and wealth of he extended family Instead Baoyu dallies in adolescent games and pleasures sexual experimentation and petty intrigues holding on o Colton Baby Homecoming the splendor inhe grass of Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West the family Pleasure Garden and feelshat his love bond with his poor cousin Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications Stronger Relationships the ailing Lin Daiyu is spiritually fated which it proveso be Notes on Love and Courage tohe unhealthy detriment of all The immense novel also operates powerfully on a symbolic spiritual level with Wounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption the opening chapter from whichhe alternative Crusade title The Story ofhe Stone derives literally containing Personal Evangelism - Evangelismo Personal the entire novel condensed into symbolic form Following ancient Chinese Taoist and Buddhist myth a stone rejected by a goddess who was repairinghe sky is picked up by a Buddhist monk and a Daoist priest and The New State: Group Organization the Solution of Popular Government takeno Money Galore the world ofhe mortals A Faraway Smell of Lemon to be found eons later by another Daoist withhe story of its worldly forefated experience inscribed upon it Unfit for The Scourging Angel: The Black Death in the British Isles the pure unadulterated life and condition of heavenhe stone is forefated Curfew In The City to suffer birth and death in mortal life below yet alsoragically retains alloyed within itself he divine substance of heaven Before he stone enters upon mortal life and destiny however it like Knockout the Little Prince of Exuperayenderly waters with sweet dew a lovely flower not of his world who in urn incurs a karmic debt Once Upon a River towardshe stone which must be repaid in he mortal world of human life The story of he stone is കൊടകരപുരാണം Kodakarapuranam thushe inscribed fate of he stone written on itself suspended somehow ever insecurely as of all human endeavor somewhere between heaven and earth but also becomeing in reiteration or reincarnation he story and destiny of Jia Baoyu as an individual human mortal who like he Biblical sheep gone astray of Isiah s Suffering Servant passage or he miscast ploughman s seed finds another existential and singular destiny fatedly unhappy in The Golden Section this world s material context Thus we learn inhe novel hat Jai Baoyu was born with a jade stone in his mouth railing as it were Wordsworthian clouds of glory in his birth and from Tom Clancy's The Division: New York Collapse thence reliveshe story of The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 the stone in his ill fated mortal life while his beloved Lin Daiyu a reincarnation ofhe beautiful other worldly flower loved and watered by Two Wheels in the Dust: From Kathmandu to Kandy the stone in heaven pays her karmic debto he stone in her undying yet ill fated love and devotion for Jia Baoyu in his world Meanwhile as each of he characters works out heir spiritual destinies Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles the Jia family declines further and further in its worldly fortunes THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST OR XI YOU JI AND THE MONKEY KINGPerhapshe most beloved novel by all Chinese people from children The Western Wind to adults ishe immortal Journey o he West of Wu Chengen which Take It Back tellshe story of he pilgrimage of he Buddhist Monk Xuanzong o India o obtain and ranslate Holy Buddhist Scriptures aided by he magical Monkey King Sun Wu Kong a lovable Pigsy or Zhu Bajie character endowed with gargantuan physical strength and appetites and a down o earth and practical monk Sandy or Sha Hesheng In he long narrative of heir adventures hey repeatedly are assaulted en route by demons and evil forces plotting o defeat he Tang Monk s spiritual mission but which are always defeated by Finding Me the combination ofalents and forces of The Changer’s Key the pilgrim brotherhood led byhe rebellious and precocious genius and magical powers of he Monkey #King A Figure Derived From The Earlier *Character Hanuman # a figure derived from he earlier *Character Hanuman In Indian *Hanuman in he Indian As both he Journey Portrait of Two Families tohe West and Untamed Voices (If you listen, they will speak Book 1) the Romance ofhe Three Kingdoms have already been I Can Touch the Bottom treated in greater depth in other blog entries inhis series I will not go into great depth in A Woman Is No Man their description THE ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS OF LUO GUANZHONGThe Romance ofhe Three Kingdoms ells he historically rue story of he wars and struggles between Ashtakavarga Simplified thehree kingdoms Wei Shu and Wu which arose between 169 AD and 280 AD when he Han Dynasty Empire comparable in scope and population o Photography Drills - 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(Photography Revealed Book 10) the contemporaneous Roman Empire broke apart before again acheiving reunification As a novel loosly based on real history butreated with artistic license like Duma s Three Musketeers saga it ells he story of he Iron Brotherhood of devoted friends and heroes Liu Bei Guan Yu and Zhang Fei who swear heir one for all and all for one oath of allegiance o restore he Han Dynasty in Her Unexpected Affair the famous Oath ofhe Peach Garden also vowing o protect he oppressed They are opposed by he arch Machiavellian dictator Cao Cao whom hey must defeat but are aided by he genius general Zhuge Liang The story of heir struggle ultimately successful but not before heir deaths has become as familiar o all Chinese Japanese and Korean persons as he stories of Julius Caesar Mark Anthony and Cleopatra are in he West THE WATER MARGIN OR ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS CLASSIC OF OUTLAW GALLANTRY AND ADVENTURE SONG JIANG THE CHINESE ROBIN HOODThe 14th Century classic The Water Margin Shui Hu Zhuan also known as Outlaws of he Marsh as ranslated by American epatriate Sydney Shapiro and All Men Are Brothers as ranslated by he first female American Nobel Prize Winner Pearl Buck is written in vernacular Chinese and attributed His Very Special Nurse tohe writer Shi Nai an The Robin Hood esue story set in he Song Dynasty ells of how a group of 108 outlaws gathers at Mount Liang or Liangshan Marsh A Scandalous Situation to form a sizable army of adventurous outlaws beforehey are eventually granted amnesty by he government and sent on campaigns o resist foreign invaders and suppress other rebel forces As such it depicts many of The Secret Millionaire the contradictions in feudal Chinese society based on repression and exploitation ofhe mass peasantry by a corrupt and oppressive landed aristocracy and imperial bureaucracy which generated repressed and often co opted its opponents The novel focuses on he exploits of he outlaw Song Jiang and his hirty six sworn brothers and heir heroic adventures reminiscent of he ales of Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest in he West THE CHINESE EROTIC CLASSIC JIN PING MEI OR THE GOLDEN LOTUSThe Jin Ping Mei or The Golden Lotus is a Chinese naturalistic novel composed in vernacular Chinese during he late Ming Dynasty by an unknown anonymous author Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% takinghe pseudonym Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng or The Scoffing Scholar of Lanling circulated first in surreptitious handwritten copies hen printed for he first Ambush Valley time in 1610 Its graphically explicit depiction of sexuality has garneredhe novel a level of notoriety in The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, the Chinese world akino Fanny Hill Lady Chatterley s Lover or he Maruis de Sade in Western literature but critics nonetheless generally find a firm moral structure which exacts moralistic retribution for he sexual libertinism of Storm Surge the central characters The Jin Ping Meiakes its name from Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him thehree central female characters Pan Jinlian Golden Lotus Li Ping er Little Vase a concubine of Ximen ing and Pang Chunmei Spring plum a young maid who rises The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem to power withinhe family of Don't Die Under the Apple Tree the decadent libertine Ximen ing Princeton University Press in describinghe Roy ranslation calls he novel a landmark in he development of he narrative art form not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world historical contextnoted for its surprisingly modern The Way You Aren't techniue and withhe possible exception of The Tale of Genji 1010 and Don uixote 1605 1615 here is no earlier work of prose fiction of eual sophistication in world literature The Jin Ping Mei is framed as a spin off from he classical novel The Water Margin The beginning chapter is based on an episode in which Tiger Slayer Wu Song avenges Digital Humanities the murder of his older brother by brutally killing his brother s former wife and murderer Pan Jinlian The story ostensibly set duringhe years 1111 27 during he Northern Song Dynasty centers on Ximen ing a corrupt social climber libertine and lustful merchant who is wealthy enough o marry a consort of six wives and concubines After secretly murdering Pan Jinlian s husband Ximen ing Food Justice takes her as one of his wives The story followshe domestic sexual struggles of Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 the women within his household ashey clamor for prestige and influence amidst Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind the gradual decline ofhe Ximen clan In Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting the Jin Ping Mei anti hero Ximen ing inhe end dies from an overdose of aphrodisiacs administered by Jinlian The Conscious Mind to which he has become addicted and dependent in ordero keep up his sexual potency In he course of he novel Ximen has 19 sexual partners including his 6 wives and mistresses with 72 intimately described sexual episodes a level of erotic repetition reminiscent of he works of he Maruis de Sade and Henry Miller in Nexus Sexus and Plexus Needless o say he Jin Ping Mei Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual through most of history was severely repressed byhe puritanical Confucian authorities as criminal pornography hough its libertine anti hero Ximen ing receives full poetical justice and punishment for his crimes Even oday mention of its name like de Sade in Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) the West will bring a blush of enbarassed shameo most Chinese cheeks young and old THE SCHOLARS OR RU LIN WAI SHI BY WU JINGZIThe Scholars written in 1750 by Wu Jingzi during he ing Dynasty describes and often satirizes Chinese scholars in a vernacular Chinese idiom The first and last chapters portray intellectual recluses but most of he loosely connected stories hat form he bulk of he novel are didactic and satiric stories on he one hand admiring idealistic Confucian behavior but on Wizards' Slave the other ridiculing over ambitious scholars and criticizinghe civil service examination system describing he officials and orthodox scholars who succeed in he system as mindless conformists and intellectual ciphers whose knowledge rarely exceeds My Friend the Enemy the Cliff Notes and cram course exam fakery ofhe imes exemplified by he rote mechanical guidebooks He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures tohe Eight Legged Essay for he Imperial Examination Instead he novel honors he somewhat bohemian and counter cultural intellectual circles on he fringe of official society freuented by actors poets artists bibliophiles and American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command therue scholars of he heart who despise he official poseurs and conseuently lead insecure lives and suffer financial decline Promoting naturalistic attitudes over belief in he supernatural he author rejects Then Hang All The Liars the popular belief in retribution his bad characters suffer no punishment The characters inhese stories are intellectuals perhaps based on he author s friends and contemporaries Wu also portrays women sympathetically he chief character Du reats his wife as a companion and soulmate instead of as an inferior Although it is a satiric and counter cultural novel a major incident in he novel is Du s attempt Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, to renovate his family s ancestralemple suggesting Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety the author shared with Du a belief inhe importance of a rue and authentic Confucianism as opposed o Kaiser Wilhelm II the poseur Confucianism ofhe ruling bureaucratic class SPIRITUS MUNDI AND THE CHINESE NOVELMy own work Spiritus Mundi Matisse the Master the contemporary epic of social idealists strugglingo save The Madmen of Benghazi the world and avert WWIII with a revolutionary new United Nations Parliamentary Assembly also draws on Chineseradition Over a hird of he novel akes place in China and he novel was written entirely in Beijing One of he main characters of he mythic portion of Titulada the novel ishe Monkey King Sun Wukong who along with Goethe guides he protagonists on a uest o Chateaubriand the center ofhe earth and Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, tohe black hole at Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) the center ofhe Milky Way Galaxy Old Hannibal and the Hurricane to savehe world from a conspiracy o bring about WWIII In China I knew Sydney Shapiro he Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition translator of The Outlaws ofhe Marsh and also worked with he daughter of Gladys Yang he ranslator of he Dream of Caught by Surprise the Red Mansion World Literature Forum invites youo check out he great Chinese novelists of World Literature and also he contemporary epic novel Spiritus Mundi by Robert Sheppard For a fuller discussion of Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure the concept of World Literature you are invitedo look into Next to Nothing the extended discussion inhe new book Spiritus Mundi by Robert Sheppard one of he principal hemes of which is he emergence and evolution of World LiteratureFor Discussions on World Literature and n Literary Criticism in Spiritus Mundi SheppardEditor in ChiefWorld Literature ForumAuthor Spiritus Mundi NovelAuthor s Blog Mundi on Goodreads Mundi on Book I Mundi Book II The Romance Robert Sheppard 2013 All Rights Reserve. 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