Re: Four Great classical novels of Chinese literature
I've only read The Dream of the Red Chamber. I read it in the Penguin Edition which is split into like 7 smaller books iirc. Two translators worked on it; the first one is David Hawkes who I thought did a good job. I would start with that. The Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the best entry points into episodic, classical East Asian literature along with Tale of Genji. I'll be taking a Chinese lit class next semester, so hopefully I'll know more about this subject soon.
TBH, girl, just read classical or contemporary Japanese lit. I can hook you up with that shit.
Last edited by dybbuk; Nov 24th, 2012 at 11:34 PM.