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Cao Xueqin

The Story of the Stone

€19,95

The Story of the Stone (c.1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortunes of the Jia family, this rich, magical work sets worldly events - love affairs, sibling rivalries, political intrigues, even murder - within the context of the Buddhist understanding that earthly existence is an illusion and karma determines the shape of our lives.

Format: Paperback
Published: in UK in 1973
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Pages: 544
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780140442939
ISBN 10: 0140442936

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The Story of the Stone

€19,95