The Classics Club
The Classics Spin #20
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For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc
For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)
For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast
Today, for Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19:
The Dream of the Red Chamber
I have until end of May to read and review it. No big deal in itself, but I have lots of oher books to read for review at the same time.
I’m really curious, this is new territory for me.
According to Goodreads:
“It is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels. It was composed in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. It is considered to be a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature and is generally acknowledged to be a pinnacle of Chinese fiction. “Redology” is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work.
The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy.”
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Yours is the third post today that I am checking for your Spin result. I am just arm-chairing this challenge, trolling for something I might like. So off to China you go!
thanks for the support! It’s always fun to go and see what others got. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time for that so far
I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard of it. Like you, I’m curious what it will be like. I can’t wait to see your thoughts.
thanks, this is going to be hard to be done by end of May
I loved this novel–long and involving, emotionally rich with many layers of symbols and spiritual meanings which have been plumbed over its history. It is relatively recent compared to Chinese classics such as the Three Kingdoms. It is a family saga with a love triangle at its center, one that reminds me of the story of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah in Genesis. Powerful stuff.
Since the full novel runs to four or five volumes (depending on the translation), I’m guessing you have an abridgment. If you like it, I can still recommend the Penguin edition (called The Story of the Stone) and translated by David Hawkes and John Minford. As you know, what any abridgment usually must leave out is what gives a classic its distinctive flavor, texture, and pacing.
OMG, no, I don’t want an abridgment. So this link is NOT the full book? They say complete: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19178102-hung-lou-meng-or-the-dream-of-the-red-chamber-complete
I’m curious about your experience with this book because I have it on my shelf ….if you don’t read it by end of May nothing disastrous will happen ❤️
I know, but I like having specific goals, otherwise I won’t ever have anything done
I’m curious about this book. I am fascinated with books set in China. I wonder what this story will be like.
me too, lol!!