Red Dust

Red Dust

A Path Through China

eBook - 2002
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A uniquely magnetic work of travel writing, "Red Dust" is one of the most intimate portraits of modern China to reach Western readers. In this unforgettable travelogue, Jian pays tribute to this incredible landscape while offering an invigorating meditation on the universal questions of love, truth, and freedom. Illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2002
Edition: First Anchor books edition
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780307427410
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Drew, Flora


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Jan 23, 2019

I read the original version and not this English version. Assuming the translator did a decent job, and there is no reason that it didn't as this book won the Thomas Cook Travel Literature Award, readers interested in China would get a lot out of it from multiple perspectives. I am quite familiar with recent history of China and the last 5000 years of Chinese history and culture. I still got a lot out of reading it besides enjoying the style that he presented his three years spent wandering to find his life's direction through thick and thin, risking his life in a few occasions.

Jun 22, 2016

Very stilted writing and lots of gaps in his travels but I was compelled to finish this book. Such a wildly different culture and interesting to see how others who are so controlled see their world despite such tremendous hardships. A good book.

Jul 28, 2014

Poetic narrative of Ma Jian's journey of national and self discovery. Travel with Ma Jian through 1980's China, just emerging from Mao's Cultural Revolution. Ma Jian's search through remote minority villages, far flung stretches of desert and cramped crowed cities is worth sharing the journey. Wonderful book!

Jun 14, 2014

I find the writing rather raw and unfinished, and the author self-obsessed and unlikeable. But it does give some insight into the China of that time.


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