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4.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Approach
M.Fuller uses a very detailed analysis of the grammar ofclassical Chinese, as he trys to steer us through the difficult,concise language. A nicely presented and laid out book,he starts withshort extracts and then builds up to longer pieces. I especially liked his explanations of the commentaries. Good though this work is, it does assume a fairly good grasp of basic...
Published on 7 Sept. 2000 by Wang, Chao-Hong

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner
This book assumes that the reader has a good grasp of modern Chinese and is comfortable with fairly complex grammatical explanations. The author presents his material in a clear, ordered manner and moves from simple to progressively longer and more complex texts. As in most text books, each chapter requires more than one reading and the vocabulary (given after the text)...
Published on 15 Sept. 2010 by Damob


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner, 15 Sept. 2010
This review is from: An Introduction to Literary Chinese (Harvard East Asian Monographs) (Paperback)
This book assumes that the reader has a good grasp of modern Chinese and is comfortable with fairly complex grammatical explanations. The author presents his material in a clear, ordered manner and moves from simple to progressively longer and more complex texts. As in most text books, each chapter requires more than one reading and the vocabulary (given after the text) for each should be learned before progressing to the next. Grammatical structures are clearly explained and exercises abound - unfortunately there are no answers given and none of the sample texts is actually rendered into English. (This is particularly frustrating when the key sentence is often the most difficult.) Also, as the lessons become more advanced explanatory comment is reduced until the last few lessons contain only Chinese text with no explanation or vocabulary list.
An Introduction to Literary Chinese is best left to the serious language student who has ready access to a teacher. Independent study is possible but is hindered by the failings described.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Approach, 7 Sept. 2000
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Wang, Chao-Hong (Hualien Taiwan) - See all my reviews
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M.Fuller uses a very detailed analysis of the grammar ofclassical Chinese, as he trys to steer us through the difficult,concise language. A nicely presented and laid out book,he starts withshort extracts and then builds up to longer pieces. I especially liked his explanations of the commentaries. Good though this work is, it does assume a fairly good grasp of basic written Chinese. I found this book invaluable..... and I usually dislike "grammatical" books, but the author does explain it in an intelligent and clear way.
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