Hung Lou Meng - book 1

or, The Dream of the Red Chamber

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Author: Cao Xueqin (Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in)
Language: English
Wordcount: 185,209 / 522 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 7,747
mnybks.net#: 1518
Genres: Classic, Romance

Translated by H. Bencraft Joly

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me, and Shih-yin by style. His wife, née Feng, possessed a worthy and virtuous disposition, and had a clear perception of moral propriety and good conduct. This family, though not in actual possession of excessive affluence and honours, was, nevertheless, in their district, conceded to be a clan of well-to-do standing. As this Chen Shih-yin was of a contented and unambitious frame of mind, and entertained no hankering after any official distinction, but day after day of his life took delight in gazing at flowers, planting bamboos, sipping his wine and conning poetical works, he was in fact, in the indulgence of these pursuits, as happy as a supernatural being.

One thing alone marred his happiness. He had lived over half a century and had, as yet, no male offspring around his knees. He had one only child, a daughter, whose infant name was Ying Lien. She was just three years of age. On a long summer day, on which the heat had been intense, Shih-yin sat leisurely in his library. Feeling his hand tired, he dro

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For the non-Chinese reader, the title of this book translates to "A Dream of Red Mansions"/"A Dream of Red Chamber" and is also known as "The Story of the Stone".

This book is one of the "big four" of Chinese books. (The others are "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" , "Water Margin" and the last is "Journey to the West" )


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