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A Dream of Red Mansions (3 Vols)

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The celebrated Chinese classic novel is a masterpiece of realism written in the middle of the-eighteenth century. Taking as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from his own experiences, the author Cao Xueqin (?-c.1763) focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu and, in the meantime, provides a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. But he left the work unfinished (or the last 40 chapters lost). Gao E (c.1738-c.1815) completed the work some years later in much of Cao's spirit and also put in his own revelation, which aroused protracted controversy throughout centuries. Exposing social evils, the book cries out denunciation against the feudal system. All techniques of literary merit developed in previous periods have been incorporated into the great work with much originality. It stands out in the world literature ranking with Hamlet and War and Peace.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1
Chen Shih-yin in a Dream Sees the Jade of Spirituol Understanding
Chia Yu-tsun in His Obscurity Is Charmed by a Maid

CHAPTER 2
Lady Chia Dies In the City of Yangchow
Leng Tzu-hsing Describes the Jung Mansion

CHAPTER 3
Lin Ju-hai Recommends a Tutor to His Brother-in-Law
The Lady Dowager Sends for Her Motherless Grand-Daughter

CHAPTER 4
An Ill-Fated Girl Meets an Ill-Fated Man
A Confounded Monk Ends a Confounded Case

CHAPTER 5
The Spiritual Stone Is Too Bemused to Grasp the Fairy's Riddles
The Goddess of Disenchantment in Her Kindness Secretly Expounds on Love

CHAPTER 6
Pao-yu Has His First Taste of Love
Granny Liu Pays Her First Visit to the Jung Mansion

CHAPTER 7
Madam Yu Invites Hsi-feng Alone
At a Feast in the Ning Mansion Pao.yu First Meets Chin Chung

CHAPTER 8
Nanny Li Makes a Nuisance of Herself by Warning Against
Drinking
Pao-yu Breaks a Teacup and Flies into a Temper

CHAPTER 9
Devoted Friends Join the Clan School
Mud-Slinging Boys Brawl in the Classroom

CHAPTER 10
Widow Chin Pockets Her Pride Because of Self-interest
Dr. Chang Diagnoses Ko-ching's Illness

CHAPTER 11
Chio Ching's Birthday Is Celebrated in the Ning Mansion
Chia Jui Meets and Lusts After Hsi-feng

CHAPTER 12
Hsi-feng Sets a Vicious Trap for o Lover
Chio Jui Looks into the Wrong Side of the Precious Mirror of
Love

CHAPTER 13
Ko-ching Dies and a Captain of the Imperial Guard is Appointed
Hsi-feng Helps to Manage Affairs in the Ning Mansion

CHAPTER 14
Lin Ju-hai Dies in Yangchow
Pao-yu Meets the Prince of Peiching on the Road

CHAPTER 15
Hsi-feng Abuses Her Power at Iron Threshold Temple
Chin Chung Amuses Himself in Steamed-Bread Convent

CHAPTER 16
Yuan-chun Is Selected as Imperial Consort in Phoenix Palace
Chin Chung Dying Before His Time Sets Off for the Nether
Regions

CHAPTER 17
Literary Talent Is Tested by Composing Inscriptions in Grand View
Garden
Those Losing Their Way at Happy Red Court Explore o Secluded
Retreat

CHAPTER 18
Yuan-chun Visits Her Parents on the Feast of Lanterns
Tai-yu Helps Her True Love by Passing Him a Poem

CHAPTER 19
An Eloquent Maid Offers Earnest Advice One Fine Night
A Sweet Girl Shows Deep Feeling One Quiet Day
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A Dream of Red Mansions (3 Vols)
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