The Besieged City (With 1MP3)

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  • Author: Qian Zhongshu; Han Hui;
  • Language: Chinese-English
  • Format: Papercover
  • Page: 196
  • Publication Date: 03/2008
  • ISBN: 9787802003903
  • Publisher: Sinolingua Press
  • Sample Pages: PDF Download
Well-read Chinese literature works have been selected for Abridged Chinese Classic Series and the abridged version has kept the storyline and style of language of the original. Each text contains about 30,000 to 50,000 words, and new words are kept less than 5% of the total words. It is designed for Chinese language learners who have finished basic Chinese grammar and acquired 2,000 words (first and second level vocabulary of elementary HSK proficiency). For the convenience of the learners, pinyin has been added to the full text, so have explanations to new words when they appear for the first time. Explanatory notes to phrases and expressions, and some study questions are included after each chapter. The learners can listen to the complimentary CD in mp3 format for correct pronunciation. This series can not only serve as materials for leisure reading thanks to its classic and well-written language, and as texts for reading in Chinese training programmes thanks to its proper length and explanatory notes, but also as assistance for international readers to approach the original works.

The Besieged City

Intended for learners of Chinese as a second language, this is an abridged version of the novel by Qian Zhongshu, a renowned writer, scholars and classical Chinese expert.

With the hero Fang Hongjian's experience as the subject, the novel depicts the wretched and humdrum life of some intellectuals in a morbid society during the War of Resistance Against Japan. Lacking in motives and ideals, they seem to be locked in a besieged city unable to free themselves.

Maintaining the major plots true to the original, the abridged version represents approximately one-sixth of the original 230,000 Chinese characters.
The Besieged City (With 1MP3)