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    Description`The Story of the Stone` (c. 1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortunes of the Jia family, this rich, magical work sets worldly events - love affairs, sibling rivalries, political intrigues, even murder - within the context of the Buddhist understanding that earthly existence is an illusion and karma determines the shape of our lives.


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    Title
    The Story of the Stone: Golden Days Volume 1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Xueqin Cao, Edited by David Hawkes, Translated by David Hawkes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 372 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140442939
    ISBN 10: 0140442936
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T General Subject: 360
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    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES, APPR/RDRCAT, CULT/ASIAN
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    DC19: 895.134
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    LC classification: PZ3.T783 ST, PZ3.T783ST
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    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    30 March 1974
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Cao Xueqin (?1715-63) was born into a family which for three generations held the office of Commissioner of Imperial Textiles in Nanking, a family so wealthy they were able to entertain the Emperor four times. However, calamity overtook them and their property was consfiscated. Cao Xueqin was living in poverty when he wrote his famous novel The Story of the Stone. David Hawkes was Professor of Chinese at Oxford University from 1959 - 1971 and a Research Fellow of All Souls College from 1973-1983. He now lives in retirement in Wales.