- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Capturing Chinese Publications (July 1, 2009)
- Language: English, Chinese
- ISBN-10: 0984276203
- ISBN-13: 978-0984276202
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Capturing Chinese: Short Stories from Lu Xun's Nahan (English and Chinese Edition)
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As reading material for the students who are learning Chinese and interested in Chinese literature and culture, your book [Capturing Chinese] is amazing and special! --Liu Liping, Chinese Professor at Columbia University and former professor at Beijing Language and Culture University
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From the Author
The author has been studying Chinese for the past eight years. Starting with no background in the language he studied hard at Cornell, went to Beijing, met his beautiful wife, and now speaks Chinese every day. Disappointed with the quality of intermediate and advanced Chinese books, he wrote this book focused on easing the intermediate/advanced student into reading some of China's best literature. He currently lives in Japan where he continues his passion for learning languages. He continues to study Chinese and is in now learning Japanese as well.
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Top Customer Reviews
I didn't think it could get any better, and then I discovered the free audio files posted online! Recorded with both a male and female reader! In short, amazingly good for practice.
This book is worth every penny, I cannot praise it enough (in fact, it prompted me to write my first Amazon review after years of buying stuff). My reading skills have definitely improved, and of course it's Lu Xun, so the stories themselves are great.
Six out of five stars.
(Oh, and a side note to Amazon: In your description of books using Chinese text, please include in your description whether the text is traditional or simplified. I was going to buy another book by Lu Xun, but when I went to Powell's (fortunately I live in Portland) to check it out, I discovered that the characters were in traditional script and so, for me, essentially useless. If you don't know what this means, it's easy enough to find someone who does. And for any reader of Chinese, this information is essential.)
Yes, the text in this book is simplified.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn the Chinese language/culture, to learn to speak Mandarin, or even for someone who already knows Chinese and is looking to read or to revisit the fascinating stories by a great modern Chinese master.