The reader will be disappointed if he is expecting lots of thrills and twists and turns.
The story is populated with dozens of wonderfully three-dimensional characters - many of whom are woven in and out of the story making for a most interesting read.
David Hawkes's translation is first rate, and his introduction, pronunciation notes, and appendices are thorough and very helpful.
I loved this classic novel. There are extravagant descriptions of the unbelievably lavish life-styles of those favored by the emperor, and some very surprising episodes which... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dolores Soldo
* A Non-Chinese reader should beware of the fact that no matter how good 'Dream of Red Chamber' is translated into English, the gap between English & Chinese original is still... Read morePublished 5 months ago by V.Valerious
This review applies to the first three volumes of this story. This is a typical Chinese fable involving hundreds of characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donald Buckley
This is a contemporary account of life in 18th-century China. The author is a very intelligent observer of day-to-day life in that time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Miller of Washington DC
If you are going to buy this book make sure you get Vol. 2 as well. Or it would be better to buy another book that has the complete story. 红楼梦Published 15 months ago by XiGua
I am not sure what to say about this book after reading only one volume. It is an exquisite blend of history, fantasy, magical realism, reality, riddle and of course Chinese... Read morePublished 16 months ago by William K. Dearth