The Dream Of The Red Chamber


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by Cao Xueqin
translated by H. Bencraft Joly
published by Tuttle Publishing


The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and social structures of 18th century China and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel.

The "Red Chamber" is an expression used to describe the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based on the author's own life and intended as a memorial to the women that he knew in his youth, The Dream of the Red Chamber is a multilayered story that offers up key insights into Chinese culture.

- paperback: 992 pages
- product dimension: 200 x 130 mm
- ISBN: 9780804840965