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The Story of the Stone: The Warning Voice (Volume III)

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ISBN: 9780141912813
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 30 August, 2012
Format: eBook
Language: English
Links Penguin UK
Editions: 11 other editions of this product

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The Story of the Stone: The Warning Voice (Volume III)

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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 Warning Voice is the third, 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.

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