The Story of the Stone A Chinese Novel - Penguin Classics

4th Edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.
Divided into five volumes, of which The Debt of Tears is the fourth, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humour, realistic detail and delicate poetry, which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and above the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence - a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140443714
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: 4th Edition
DEWEY: 895.134
DEWEY edition: 18
Language: English
Number of pages: 398
Weight: 294g
Height: 198mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 24mm