Series Title: Other Titles: Dream of the red chamber. Two volumes down, three to go. Hawkes' Übersetzung ist ein Meisterwerk, und wird nicht durch Fußnoten belastet, die vom Text ablenken. But this volume, like the last, has been completely enthralling. Greatly looking forward to volume three.
When the final page of this journey is turned, you are physically and maybe even emotionally drained. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Of the men in the family, the most active is Bao-Chai's brother Xue-Pan, who is something of a rascal and whose misdemeanours and adventures provide many of the external story elements. As petals drop and spring begins to fail, The bloom of youth, too, sickens and turns pale. I'm going to put forth an argument that books can be compared to relationships.
The girls form a Crab-Flower Club where they write poems according to set rules. The first 80 chapters make up the first three volumes of this translation, and the remaining 40 chapters make up the final two volumes. Just be your own natural self. In this volume we are more privy to the thoughts of major characters such as Bao-yu and Dai-yu, of course, and Aroma, Granny Liu, Precious, Xi-feng, Grandmother and Bao-chai. These have both been very interesting portrayals of aristocratic life in Qing China.
I am aware, of course, that not every novel is plot-driven, but most novels do tend to have some sort of force propelling them forward, some sort of urgency, whether that urgency is derived from the events, the character, or themes alluded to by the work. They lie in their teeth! Outside of these were the plentiful descriptions of food, clothing, and other carefully crafted creations, as well as the poetry and riddles of the titular Crab Flower Club itself, which demonstrated in the supplemental indices the trickeries of translation, especially when well versed contemporaries of Cao Xueqin himself never come to a consensus about some of the riddled solutions. Hawkes' translation is adept at bringing this far-removed world closer and once more, the translation is fluent and reads well. This second part is filled with poetical experiment of the budding scholar some of which is better than others! Learning about history is an ongoing, never-ending process. She doesn't always resist the corruptions of power, either, and resorts to some shady methods in her attempts to balance the family finances. On two occasions, male members of the clan slip away from the dazzling conversation to sexually assault one of the female maids but these incidents are quickly dealt with. Diese Szenerie könnte auch von Lu Xun stammen, allerdings hätte er dies sicherlich mit mehr Sarkasmus und Sozialkritik geschrieben, wodurch die Leichtigkeit verloren gegangen wäre, die diese Kapitel auszeichnet.
Let others laugh flower-burial to see: Another year who will be burying me? The characters feel so real, their concerns, their interactions, and their lives painted with a beautiful attention to detail. This classic novel from the Qing dynasty, considered the greatest work of Chinese fiction, is a brilliant achievement and a marvelous read. Still, its the drama that keeps me interested in 'Dream of the Red Chamber'. . The poems were very enjoyable and I wish there were actually more of them. Band 2 von 5 sammelt nun die Kapitel 27 bis 53 und verfolgt weiterhin das Alltagsleben einer mandschurischen aristokratischen Großfamilie. The crab flower club the story of the stone 2 by cao xueqin david hawkes translator 434 rating details the story of the stone is it volume two picks up at chapter 27 right where the previous volume left off so you dont want to leave too much time between reading each volume.
The poems convincingly rendered in translation offer yet another perspective on the larger situation being described. But then a scene comes along like Bao-chai and Dai-yu exchanging insults disguised as jokes, and Tan-chun speaks up: 'Pinch her lips, Chai! It is a big commitment to read this book, but one well worth the experience. We also see the desperation of old women like Granny Liu and Nanny Li, though Granny Liu also has a great few chapters that are among my favorite. I'm going to put forth an argument that books can be compared to relationships. There's no demons, no great battles, or magically gifted strategists, just the domestic life of one incredibly rich Chinese family. Don't feel too bad for Liu though--she leaves the house of Jia with plenty of dresses and silver to bring home. Even worse are those writers of the breeze-and-moonlight school, who corrupt the young with pornography and filth.
The Stone describes how his story -- The Story of the Stone -- is the record of his journey to enlightenment, and offers the tale as a tool for others to follow his path, as, for example Vanitas does in the first chapter. The Story of the Stone is very much a domestic novel, with its dramas set almost entirely in the household sphere. Dai-yu reminds me of myself and others who, as teenagers, found a perverse thrill in misery, almost as if to expect the worst and seek sadness would eventually serve to inoculate one against the insults of society. The following review is my review for all five volumes as a whole. As she gazes on the smiling flowers, her tears at last grow dry; But as they dry, the springtime ends and the flowers fade.
So much nothing happens in this second volume. I have now read over 1000 pages of this gigantic novel the five-volume split is a choice made by the translator, it's really just one big thing , I'm still less than halfway through, and there is The Story of the Stone is an immensely fun, inviting, and enjoyable novel, but explaining why it is so is a bit of a challenge. Yet, another reading is perhaps contradictory to the accepted dichotomy of materiality and otherworldliness. He is not an eager student, preferring to join in with girls at their games. He is recognized as special from the beginning, born with a piece of jade in his mouth.
When he is still a boy a relative comes to live with his family -- the beautiful Lin Dai-yu, the incarnation of the Crimson Pearl Flower. The details of earthly matters occupy the majority of the pages herein. An astounding number of characters make up the cast, from the 80 year old Lady Dowager who is the matriarch of the family, down to her great-granddaughter Qaio-Jie, but the amazing thing is the author's ability to make each of the many characters feel fully human and real, with hopes, desires, , talents and weaknesses of all their own. Constantly moving on forward, while leaving a little growing tinge of melancholy behind in the background. It has a fin-de-siècle preciosity about it which is perhaps too seldom relieved by its interludes of down-to earth humour. This book mainly deepens and develops the material introduced in the first volume, more detailing of what daily life in this rich family is like, with more indications of the fall later to come.