A Journey Backwards : The Ladies of the Red Chamber and the passing of youth

【明報專訊】As much as The Dream of the Red Chamber (《紅樓夢》)stands as an undisputed classic of Chinese Literature, very few could articulate the plot in detail. Set to explore the nuances of gender, power, reality, and the rise and fall of a big hierarchical family, the story revolves around daily life at Takuanyuan(大觀園), the large garden of the Jia family, whose members form the backbone of the story. Trivial details blend into each other until they form a general impression, rather than an eventful plot of adventures.