The first is a collection of modern short stories which with modulated realism, occasional satire and irony, give a picture of China today, the onus of ritual and superstition and tradition, the advances of youth against ignorance. Most of them are concerned with conflict between generations; one with today's battlefield. A collection based on literary merit -- a key to our ally in the Far East.....The second volume contains the classical and vernacular tales in chronological order, from the fifth century to the 18th. Here are stories of the unearthly , of incident, romance, adventure, of magic and gods. Twenty stories that present a facet of Chinese civilization and make an anthology of interest primarily to students. Check -- for example -- your market on Monkey.