May 18, 2012

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection

Collection Number: 2298

Post Type: Book

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Artist or Author: Cao Xuequin and Gao E

Creation Year: 1994

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ISBN: 7-119-00643-6 Language: English Description: The celebrated Chinese classic novel is a masterpiece of realism written in the middle of the 18th century. Taking as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from his own experiences, the author Cao Xueqin (?-c.1763) focussed on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu and, in the meantime, provides a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. But he left the work unfinished (or the last 40 chapters were lost). Gao E (c.1738-c.1815) completed the work some years later in much of Gao's spirit and also put in his own revelation, which aroused protracted controversy throughout centuries. Exposing social evils, the book cries out denunciation against the feudal system. All techniques of literary merit developed in previous periods have been incorporated into the great work with much originality. It stands out in world literature ranking with Hamlet and War and Peace. Illustrated with wooblock prints.

Chapter 70 has reference to kites

2556 pages
120 Chapters

Materials: Paper

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