EBOOK The Red Chamber


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  • The Red Chamber
  • Pauline A. Chen
  • English
  • 06 September 2018
  • 9780307958419

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Summary The Red Chamber 100 characters The Red Chamber 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’ uarters 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 a. Reading THE RED CHAMBER reminded me of visiting my paternal grandmother who was forever watching Chinese soap operas with elaborately costumed and highly made up players who cried and fought and made pronouncements to dramatic camera angles and music Whenever we asked what was happening it was always something over the top An affair A secret disclosed Unknown relations revealed She was hooked And though we couldn t follow a word my sister and I would end up staring at the TV right along with herI ve never read the Chinese classic DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER upon which Chen bases her retelling and given the original s length and my decreasing attention span I may never do so but this book was enthralling enough to make me consider tackling itTHE RED CHAMBER follows the misfortunes of the Duke of Rongguo s family in the 18th century with particular emphasis on the lives of the women If you liked RAISE THE RED LANTERN or Anita Diamant s THE RED TENT lots of red in these titles you would probably find this book un put downable Characters include the frightening matriarch the poor relation the first wife threatened by the upstart servant the son upon whom much depends the dutiful daughter and so on Secrets abound and intertwined lives lead to unforeseen conseuences when the Emperor dies and all is up for grabsA couple notes on things which distracted me1 The book is told in the present tense Not my favorite but I got over it2 The sex scenes aren t overwhelmingly numerous but they are startlingly graphic Guess that s just the age we live in I just thought subtlety would have suited the general style of the book 3 When it comes to a couple of the characters there s a lot of telling Baochai was reserved and hardly ever spoke about her feelings etc Since I thought Chen did a great job of revealing character through dialogue and action these were at best unnecessary and at worst distracting4 I would recommend you pick up a paper copy of this book rather than an ebook Flipping back and forth to the list of characters and the family tree can be helpful and doing it on the Kindle was a nuisanceIf you re looking for a sweeping absorbing read I highly recommend this one

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The Red Chamber

Summary The Red Chamber 100 characters The Red Chamber Nd duty friendship and survival In this dazzling debut Pauline A Chen draws the reader deep into the secret exuisite world of the women’s uarters 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 This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guid. The Red Chamber is an exceptionally written family drama that spans from 1721 1736 in Beijing that explores the undercurrents of love loss self gratification betrayal and hope of those who reside in the Jia estate Inspired by the original Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber Chen brings to life the strong women in the household during a time where women were severely oppressed Marriages were arranged by the parents women were not encouraged to have an education and must never lose face in a household where everyone has secrets and everyone knows everyone s businessLady Jia is the matriarch of the family she is relentless at progressing the family forward in society and doesn t allow sentimentality to impede any decision Despite the control she expels over the family it is the men in the family who have access to education work and concubines The Red Chamber explores life from the viewpoints of three remarkably different women Xifeng Baochi and DaiyuXifeng is a very difficult character to like she s selfish punitive towards the servants and fanatical about money I did really sympathise with her though she s married to Lian who treats her horribly and after three years of marriage without an heir he takes her lifelong maid and best friend Ping er as his concubine second wife She uickly falls pregnant and Xifeng s status in the family is shaky leaving her humiliated and bitterAnother difficult to like character Baochi is the prototype daughter of Mrs Xue who Lady Jia wishes to wed to her romantic grandson Baoyu Baochi really doesn t have any true emotional ties within the Jia family she does have an attraction to Baoyu but beyond this her feelings are uietly hidden awayIt was Daiyu who was the heart of the story and whom I most connected with At seventeen she arrives at the Jia mansion as a last reuest to her late mother and enters a family and lifestyle to which she is unfamiliar with Her conduct and opinions give away her southern roots and she is uickly outcasted by Lady Jia who senses the instant spark between Daiyu and her cousin Baoyu Daiyu brings life to the family she is young and fanciful and dares to hope that she can marry for love not dutyI don t want to give too much of the plot away but I was completely absorbed in this novel and whenever I put the book down I was thinking about the characters and what their fate would be It s by no means an uplifting story but it did evoke emotion in me and I became completely invested in the future of the charactersThe Red Chamber is a complex historical family drama with fascinating characters that I both loved and despised and regardless of my sentiments I was completely drawn into their world It was not the happily ever after I d hoped and after a momentary disappointment I was resigned to accept that the ending was befitting to the overall mood of the story and the era and place in which it was set I highly recommend The Red Chamber to those who appreciate historical culturally rich settings with characters who will remain in your thoughts for long after you ve put down the book

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Summary The Red Chamber 100 characters The Red Chamber 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. This is a retelling of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber but I don t know whether Chen does a good job with it or not because I have not yet read the original But it s certainly something to which I look forward So this book follows the ups and downs in the lives of a rich aristocratic family in China A Chinese Downton Abbey so to speak There is Baoyu who is the heir to the family the love of his live Daiyu and the girl he would marry Baochai The novel works its way through their lives loves jealousies anger fights betrayals and misunderstandings to a bittersweet endingThe story starts off very slowly and it takes ages to really get interested and the entire cast of characters don t seem to have any distinguishing characteristics But gradually they bloom into full fledged people of flesh and blood and you begin to experience their feelings I really liked the way Chen brought out the intricacies of the relationships and how each person gets a full character arc of their own It is very satisfying especially in historical fictionAlthough it s slightly soap opera ish The Red Chamber is interesting in the way it develops the plots most of the time Each character is complex with their own ambitions feelings and trials that they face to survive in the family But even thought the plot line held up well for the most part the end of the book had something very strange happening view spoilerDaiyu was suffering from consumption and she just automatically gets cured just by a change of air hide spoiler


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    EBOOK The Red Chamber Pauline A. Chen ß 0 Read The Red Chamber is based on the 18th century China's classic novel Dreams of the Red Chamber Author Pauline Chen has taken some of the original characters from the book to weave an intriguing tale of life in the opulent wo

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