Brief but informative,
This review is from: Chinese Literature, Ancient and Classical (Paperback)
First of all, be warned, this is a pretty short book. In my naivite I though that the price would translate into quantity.
Instead, I got quality. This is a very useful and informative account, spanning what could be considered 'ancient' Chinese literature. It is seperated into sections on "the Classics", "Prose", "Poetry" and "Drama/Novels". Although perhaps aimed at students already knowledgable about the fundamental texts in Chinese literature, I approached it as a complete notice. As such it was a good introduction, giving a flavour of an essentially inaccesable literature, and certainly little known. I may have missed out on some of the sophistication that the comments on the back imply Andre Levy brought to organisation.
What I can say is that the quotations were neither too long nor irrelevant, but apt at bringing out the quality Levy wanted to express. Indeed, the book could be considered a 'tour' of many Chinese writers, with myriad themes being skillfully connected.
Once having read the book, you will be able to more informitavely decide where else in Ancient/Classical Chinese literature you want to explore, or be pleased in attempting to get a flavour of a very foreign literary tradition.