A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin in Qing dynasty of China.
The novel talked about the rise and decline of a noble family, which based on the real experience of the author. Actually, the author did not give a continuous story, but displayed all those daily things happened in the family, among the young men and women, masters and servants, used simple but beautiful language to portray distinct the personalities and mentalities of a large group characters, and gave a clear picture about those complicated relationship between members as well as their ranks in the family, which is really a miniuture social system.
By describing those daily things, the author deeply extracted out the cultural and idealogical root-cause that destroyed the real beauty and thus caused tragedy: the beautiful love was ruined, intelligent girls were ruined when they were like roses in bloom, everything got ruined, but only a bland world was left behind in the end...
In the novel, the author also described various traditions and folk art in detail, such as fancy food, china products, kite making, music and musical instruments, as well as beautiful poems, and so on.
A Dream of Red Mansions is a world famous book. Since it was born, the debate about it has never stopped, especially about the opposite values showed by the two leading women charaters. In general, it tells the matchless talent, tempernament and depressed lives of females in a male society observed by a male people, the general leading character.