The Red Chamber

The Red Chamber

Book - 2012
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In this lyrical reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, set against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion. When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering façades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions, reaching from the petty gossip of the servants' quarters all the way to the Imperial Palace. When a political coup overthrows the emperor and plunges the once-mighty family into grinding poverty, each woman must choose between love and duty, friendship and survival.

In this dazzling debut, Pauline A. Chen draws the reader deep into the secret, exquisite world of the women's quarters of an aristocratic household, where the burnish of wealth and refinement mask a harsher truth: marriageable girls are traded like chattel for the family's advancement, and to choose to love is to risk everything. 
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307701572
Branch Call Number: FIC Chen
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 25 cm

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Lasanthi1
Mar 10, 2017

Loved the book. Couldn't wait to read the whole book. The story of women show that no matter what time period it may be their dreams and wishes for them selves and their families are still the same. It is also a sad story to read. Not like the usual story of happy ending. I recommending it. Great story.

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salgeogal
May 27, 2016

9 out of 10

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maipenrai
Oct 17, 2013

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ukiechick Aug 14, 2012

VERY GREAT BOOK TO READ . I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE. A MUST READ.

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ParnassusReads
Aug 03, 2012

This is an adaptation of the classic Chinese novel, The Dream of the Red Chamber, which was written during the Qing Dynasty (mid-18th c.). This is an extreme abbreviation and condensation of that novel, intended in part to draw the attention of Western audiences to the classic novel. Even still, I thought this book was very good; in fact I read it in less than two days. It draws the reader into the complicated world of imperial family politics and brings 18th c. China alive to the reader. Highly recommended.

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