Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the Red Chamber

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For more than a century and a half, Dream of the Red Chamber has been recognized in China as the greatest of its novels, a Chinese Romeo-and-Juliet love story and a portrait of one of the world's great civilizations. Chi-chen Wang's translation is skillful, accurate and fascinating.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [1989?], c1958
Edition: Abridged Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385093798
0385093799
Branch Call Number: F Cao
Additional Contributors: Wang, Chi-Chen 1899-

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nancybaele
Jan 21, 2017

I found the translation stilted. As a result, I had no real sense of the quality of what is highly regarded as a masterpiece in Chinese Literature. I hope the library will soon get the much better Penguin edition translated byDavid Hawkes.

Suzanne T Wagner Dec 02, 2014

Difficult to read and follow due to the fact that it's of Eastern literature... Good book otherwise

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gogaku
Oct 02, 2012

This is the 1892-93 translation by H. Bencraft Joly, with a few minor corrections and conversion of transliterations from Wade-Giles to pinyin. He passed away before completing it, so there are only 56 chapters out of 120.

Although the translation is evidently quite faithful, I found it essentially unreadable, perhaps because it is too literal. In any case, I could not get into the story at all, and will be looking for a more modern translation.

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