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.
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 1 month 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 8 months ago by Joshua Rand-Castillo
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 8 months ago by William K. Dearth
This particular version and translation of the novel is very enjoyable. I find it hard to understand since i bought this book for a college Asian literature class, however it had... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephanie
This is an awesome book. It is one of a famous trilogy that I happened upon while I was searching for Judge Dee mysteries. It is magical, marvelous, and absorbing.Published 18 months ago by Sharron M. Dupree
It is fantastic. As we know it almost impossible to translate a classical Chinese novel into English without a 100% understanding of the Chinese culture and history. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wencai Zhou
I think the most important quality of this piece of literature that qualifies it among the all-time classics is the layering of progressive ideas within traditional Chinese... Read morePublished 22 months ago by A. Koth
The Story of the Stone is an absolutely delightful tale; I only wish I could secure volume 2 since there is so much anticipation at the end of volume 1. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Bylelekalb83