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Into the Fire

The Golden Days  (The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, book 1)

By Cao Xueqin  (Translated by David Hawkes)

22 Jul, 2021

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The Golden Days is the first volume of Cao Xueqin’s 1791(ish) The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber. David Hawkes’ translation is from 1973

Bao-yu knows that he was born to a good family, and that he was born with a piece of enchanted jade in his mouth. He doesn’t know that he’s a remnant of a construction project by the goddess Nu-wa, a remnant that wandered hither and yon and was eventually born as a human, to live and die as humans do.

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