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This is one of the books considered the "Four Great Chinese Novels".
The novel provides a detailed, episodic record of the two branches of the wealthy and aristocratic Jia clan — the Rongguo House and the Ningguo House — who reside in two large, adjacent family compounds in the capital Beijing. Their ancestors were made Dukes and given imperial titles, and as the novel begins the two houses are among the most illustrious families in the city. One of the clan’s offspring was made an Imperial Consort, and a lush landscaped garden was built to receive her visit. The novel describes the Jias’ wealth and influence in great naturalistic detail, and charts the Jias’ fall from the height of their prestige, following some thirty main characters and over four hundred minor ones. Eventually the Jia clan falls into disfavor with the Emperor, and their mansions are raided and confiscated.
In the novel's frame story, a sentient Stone, abandoned by the goddess Nüwa when she mended the heavens aeons ago, begs a Taoist priest and a Buddhist monk to bring it with them to see the world. The Stone, accompanied by a character named Divine Attendant-in-Waiting , was given a chance to learn from the human existence, and enters the mortal realm.
The main character of the novel is the carefree adolescent male heir of the family Jia Baoyu. He was born with a magical piece of "jade" in his mouth. In this life he has a special bond with his sickly cousin Lin Daiyu, who shares his love of music and poetry. Baoyu, however, is predestined to marry another cousin, Xue Baochai, whose grace and intelligence exemplifies an ideal woman, but with whom he lacks an emotional connection. The romantic rivalry and friendship among the three characters against the backdrop of the family's declining fortunes forms the main story in the novel. - Better summary to come.
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Please follow the pronunciation guide for the following Chinese names. If you have any questions, just ask!
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The title: Hung Lou Meng 红楼梦 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hongloumeng.mp3
The author: Cao Xueqin （Tsao Hsüeh-ch'in）曹雪芹 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/caoxueqin.mp3
Lin Tai-yü 林黛玉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/lintaiyu.mp3
Hsüeh Pao-ch'ai 薛宝钗 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsuehpaochai.mp3
Chia Yuan Ch'un 贾元春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayuanchun.mp3
Chia Ying Ch'un贾迎春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayingchun.mp3
Chia T'an Ch'un贾探春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiatanchun.mp3
Chia Hsi Ch'un贾惜春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiahsichun.mp3
Li Wan李纨 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/liwan.mp3
Miao Yü妙玉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/miaoyu.mp3
Shih Hsiang-yün史湘云 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/shihhsiangyun.mp3
Wang Hsi-feng (aka Lady Feng) 王熙凤 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/wanghsifeng.mp3
Ch'in K'o-ch'ing (aka Mrs. Ch'in) 秦可卿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinkoching.mp3
(Madame) Hsing 邢 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mmehsing.mp3
(Madame) Wang王 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mmewang.mp3
(Mrs.) Yu 尤（氏） https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mrsyu.mp3
Tzu Chüan 紫鹃 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/tzuchuan.mp3
Hsüeh Yen 雪雁 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsuehyen.mp3
Hua Hsi Jen 花袭人 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/huahsijen.mp3
Ch'ing Wen 晴雯 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chingwen.mp3
She Yüeh 麝月 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/sheyueh.mp3
P'ing Erh 平儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/pingerh.mp3
Hsiao Hung 小红 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsiaohung.mp3
Yüan Yang 鸳鸯 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/yuanyang.mp3
Hsiang Ling 香菱 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsiangling.mp3
Chin Ch'uan-erh 金钏儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinchuanerh.mp3
Ying Erh 莺儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/yingerh.mp3
Hu Po 琥珀 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hupo.mp3
Ssu Chi 司棋 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/ssuchi.mp3
Shih Shu 侍书 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/shihshu.mp3
Chih Neng 智能 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chihneng.mp3
Pan Erh 板儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/panerh.mp3
(Prince of) Pei Ching 北静 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/peiching.mp3
Gents of the four families:
Lin Ju-hai 林如海 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/linjuhai.mp3
Hsüeh P'an 薛蟠 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsuehpan.mp3
Chia Pao-yü 贾宝玉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiapaoyu.mp3
Chia Lien 贾琏 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chialien.mp3
Chia She 贾赦 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiashe.mp3
Chia Cheng 贾政 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiacheng.mp3
fourth tone: Imagine this conversation:
What do you think we ought to do with the murderer?
He ought to be hung -- a decisive statement, the pitch dropping on the hung, as if there's no question he will get the noose.
Chia Chen 贾珍 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiachen.mp3
first tone: level tone, rhymes with Jen (Jenny) in English. Hey, Jen, let's go for a ride.
Chia Ching 贾敬 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiaching.mp3
Chia Jung 贾蓉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiajung.mp3
Chia Huan 贾环 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiahuan.mp3
Chia Jui 贾瑞 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiajui.mp3
Chia Se 贾蔷 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiase.mp3
Chia Yün 贾芸 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayun.mp3
Chia Chu 贾珠 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiachu.mp3
Chen Shih-yin 甄世隐 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chenshihyin.mp3
Chia Yü-ts'un 贾雨村 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayutsun.mp3
Leng Tzu-hsing 冷子兴 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/lengtzuhsing.mp3
Pu Shih-jen 卜世仁 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/pushihjen.mp3
Ch'in Chung 秦钟 aka Ch'in Ching-ch'ing 秦鲸卿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinchung.mp3
Chin Jung 金荣 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinjung.mp3
Chou Jui 周瑞 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/choujui.mp3
Chiao Ta 焦大 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiaota.mp3
Li Kuei 李贵 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/likuei.mp3
Lin Chih-hsiao 林之孝 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/linchihhsiao.mp3
Ming Yen 茗烟 (later) Pei Ming 焙茗（bei ming） https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mingyen.mp3
Titles (used both for persons and places):
Jung Kuo 荣国 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/jungkuo.mp3
Ning Kuo 宁国 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/ningkuo.mp3
Yang Chou 扬州 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/yangchou.mp3
Chin Ling 金陵 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinling.mp3
Ta Li 大理 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/tali.mp3
Ch'ang An 长安 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/changan.mp3
Ta Kuan (Garden) 大观 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/takuan.mp3
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