On a personal note, I was so inspired by 'War and Peace,' that in a prior marriage, I named my first daughter, Anastasia, based on one of the main characters of the book. Well, I don't know if I'll ever marry again or if I'll have another child, but if I do and since I intend on staying in China for many years to come, I would love to name either a son, Pao-yu, or a daughter, Tai-yu, who were the two main characters of the book, 'A Dream of Red Mansions.'
So deservedly, 'A Dream of Red Mansions' should rank on a scale in greatness with 'War and Peace,' not because many Chinese claim it's one of the most tremendous works of literature, but since the author, Tsao Hsueh-Chin, dramatically portrays the Chia family, the main character family in the book, in such a surreal and awe-inspiring fashion.
A DREAM OF RED MANSIONS is known to every household in China. It tells of the social life of many periods in the Qing Dynasty and portrays successfully a group of innocent and lovely girls suffering under the debris of a male-centered feudal society.
A Dream of Red Mansions is one of the Four Great Classical Novels in China. The epic novel depicting a tragic love story and the rise and fall of noble families by Chinese literature giant Cao Xueqin is still impacting Chinese culture today.