The Story of the Stone: The Debt of Tears

The Story of the Stone: The Debt of Tears

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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.The Goddess of the Moon, And glimpsed the brightness Of Zena#39;s unfettered light. ... And when we turn to the last forty chapters of the novel, there are a few of the same telltale signs a€“ passages that have ... And it is my guess that one of the reasons for his partial success as a creative editor (forthis is essentially how I see him, anbsp;...

Title:The Story of the Stone: The Debt of Tears
Author:Cao Xueqin
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2012-08-30


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