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Book Review: The Story of the Stone, by Cao XueqinBook Review: The Story of the Stone, by Cao XueqinBook Review: The Story of the Stone, by Cao Xueqin3 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides
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Premise from Goodreads.com: "The Story of the Stone" (c. 1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortunes of the Jia family, this rich, magical work sets worldly events - love affairs, sibling rivalries, political intrigues, even murder - within the context of the Buddhist understanding that earthly existence is an illusion and karma determines the shape of our lives.
The Story of the Stone, also known as Dreams In the Red Chamber, is probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Chinese classical novels of all time.
The best way to describe the book is probably to address it as a 'family saga'. As the story progresses, we can follow the mai