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The Story of the Stone, Vol. 2: The Crab-Flower Club

 
 
 
 
The Story of the Stone, Vol. 2: The Crab-Flower Club
Author: Cao Xueqin
ISBN 13: 9780140443264
ISBN 10: 140443266
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1977-09-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 608
List Price: $19.00
 
 

The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.

Divided into five volumes, of which The Crab-Flower Club is the second, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia Family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humor, realistic detail and delicate poetry which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and about the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence - a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.