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Dream of the Red Chamber Book I

Xueqin Cao

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The Dream of the Red Chamber (also known as The Story of the Stone) is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China, and considered the greatest of them all. Almost 40 main characters and some 500 minor characters tell the fortunes of the Chia family; the book details mainly the life of Chia Pao-yü, the heir apparent, who is described as very intelligent, but also as carefree and self-indulging. The already wealthy Chia family rises to new heights when Pao-yü's elder sister becomes an imperial consort. On her first visit home, a lush garden is built, where much of the rest of the story takes place. The intrigues surrounding Pao-yü and his cousins, especially Lin Tai-yü who he loves, and Hsüeh Pao-ch'ai who he is finally tricked into marrying, make up a large part of the story. The decline of the Chia family begins with the death of the imperial consort, and when they fall into disfavour with the emperor, their mansions and the garden are eventually destroyed. The whole book has 120 chapters, only 80 of which were written by Cao Xueqin before his death in 1764. Cheng Weiyuan and Gao E claimed to have access to Cao's papers, and published what is now known as the Cheng-Gao version in 1791. Henry Bencraft Joly translated only part of the book written by Cao. Book I contains the first 24 chapters, Book II ends abruptly with chapter 56; a Book III was never published.

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

19h 21m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

21:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

25:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

18:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

16:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

21:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

25:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

16:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

22:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

18:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

17:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

16:19