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Old August 23rd, 2011, 03:27 PM   #1

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A Dream of Red Mansions - Cao Xueqin


A Dream of Red Mansions/Dream of the Red Chamber/The Story of the Stone

So Ive been reading through this for a while now, Im like 80 chapters in, Vol. III of a IV volume edition. I must say Im rather enjoying it. Not the usual sort of thing Ive raid and quite different. Ive read Outlaws of the Marsh/Water Margin and I quite enjoyed that, but this is rather different. It feels very much like a soap opera in 18th Century Qing China. I normally hate soap operas on tv but this has managed to keep me hooked....enough to get to volume 3 with a bit of a break after the first 2.

Has anybody else read this work? I understand (from the recent most influencial book thread) that its one of the best selling books of all time. So surely someone here on Historum might haver perused it. What are your thoughts on it, love it or hate it?
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:04 PM   #2

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i had read it when i am a child, i like it, but i don't love it , because it is too sad.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:14 PM   #3

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Which translation are you reading?

Not to derail the thread, but if you are interested in Chinese literature, you might want to check out the online version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It has illustrations, maps, and footnotes.

DW Three Kingdoms - The New Romance of Three Kingdoms Ebook - NEW3K.COM

A few pages.

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Never read it but I've seen the television adaptation. The old one made in the 80s/90s was the best and the new one they made last year was just horrible.
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My grandma has a whole set of em right here! She and my cousin loves it... I never understood it :/
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:39 PM   #6

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Never read it but I've seen the television adaptation. The old one made in the 80s/90s was the best and the new one they made last year was just horrible.
If you have never read the book how do you know if the adaptations were good or bad?
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 05:43 PM   #7
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If you have never read the book how do you know if the adaptations were good or bad?
The acting and by listening to the adults talk about how close it is to the book.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:02 PM   #8

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agree with mingming ,the new one is very worse. : )
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 11:18 PM   #9
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It seems mostly favored by girls though, I've read a little bit of it before but really can't get myself into it much, despite reading through a ton of other chinese classics (my old ROTK was basically read to the point where it fell apart :P)
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It seems mostly favored by girls though, I've read a little bit of it before but really can't get myself into it much, despite reading through a ton of other chinese classics (my old ROTK was basically read to the point where it fell apart :P)
i guess "other chinese classics" are jin yong. : P
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