The Story of the Stone is a radio play by Katie Hims, based on the Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin. It was first broadcast on the BBC World Service on 13 October 2005[1].


Bao-Yu, born with a piece of jade in his mouth, grows up in a luxurious mansion with his extended family dominated by his grandmother Jia.

When Dai-Yu and Bao-Ch'ai, two beautiful cousins, come to stay, Bao-Yu falls in love with the passionate and emotional Dai-Yu. His grandmother tricks him into marrying the socially adept Bao-Ch'ai, however, and Dai-Yu dies of a broken heart. Bao-Yu then leaves behind his luxurious and privileged life to become a Buddhist monk.


Critical ReceptionEdit


  1. BBC World Service

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