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T.K. Ann: Cracking the Chinese Puzzle


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This is my first post on this awesome forum. :)

Actually I got an account, because I am desperately looking for the complete set of T.K. Ann: Cracking the Chinese Puzzle. All 5 volumes, Hardcover.

Is there any source from which I can buy the complete set of 5 in very good condition or new for under $300?

amazon.de and amazon.co.uk have them but it says "Momentarly out of stock" for as long as I checked.

If someone knows where I can get it I would really appriciate that. Right now I am in Taiwan, so if you guys know a shop here or in HK that would also help.

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I have all 5 hardcover books and the condensed paperback version since 1992. They are the best books for studying and memorizing characters, IMHO much better than Heisig/Richardson's, Hoenig's & Matthews' books. The only thing I don't like in T.K.Ann's series is the index book (only 4-corner, no pinyin index).

You may look for the books thru justbooks.de, an easy way to find rare books:

(1) http://www.justbooks.de/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&isbn=9627056014

(2) http://www.justbooks.de/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&isbn=9627056022

(3) http://www.justbooks.de/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&isbn=9627056030

(4) http://www.justbooks.de/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&isbn=9627056049

(5) http://www.justbooks.de/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&isbn=9627056057

Paperback (abridged, no index) http://www.justbooks.de/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&isbn=9627056146

Good luck!

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You'll find some sets for sale at abebooks.com, though not within your budget. You can also use www.usedbooksearch.co.uk/US.htm , a meta-search service that searches a number of used book sites.

Also, when making a sizeable purchase, there's no reason not to ask for a sizeable discount from the bookseller, especially in this economy. The worst that can happen is, he says "No."

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I bought the abridged paperback version in Hong Kong in 1991. Unless they have improved the binding, I would not recommend buying it. I guess because they try to fit so many pages into one paperback, the cover and the pages steadily fall apart.

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