Ba Jin: Spring (with Chinese Pinyin and MP3) : Product DescriptionThis abridged version of the middle volume of Ba Jins famous trilogy, adhering closely to the original novel, details the conflicts leading to the decline of the venerable Gao family. Over three generations, young activists rebel against a corrupt and feudal society complete with all the growing pains such a revolution ushering in a modern China entails. Suitable for intermediate students of Chinese with a 2,000 word vocabulary, this is a great aid in reading the original novels. New words and notes are explained in English, and each text comes with MP3 to assist in listening comprehension.This is an abridged version of the second of the trilogy Torrents: Family, Spring, Autumn, masterpiece of Bajin, one of the great writers of modern Chinese literature. The trilogy recounts the decline of a large feudal family following the May Fourth Movement of 1919.The Gao Family, a stronghold of feudal ethics, is shaken by an awaking new generation. Shuying, once so weak, has escaped from a doomed marriage; Juemin becomes a radical. These are signs of spring, a spring full of life, full of joy. The abridged version, approximately 1/10 of the original, can be read by elementary level students of Chinese with a 2,000-word vocabulary or can be used as an aid to reading the original. Each chapter is followed by a list of words and commentary notes both in Chinese and English, and several study questions.