River Town

River Town

Two Years on the Yangtze

Book - 2001-
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In the heart of China's Sichuan province, tucked away amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this vast and ever-evolving country, Fuling is shifting gears and heading down a new path, one of change and vitality, tension and reform, disruption and growth. Its position at the crossroads came into sharp focus when [the author] arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. [The author] taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the ways of Fuling - and about the complex process of understanding that takes place when one is immersed in a radically different society. [This book] is [a] portrait of a city that, much like China itself, is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be. --Back cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2001-
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition, 2006
ISBN: 9780060855024
Branch Call Number: 915.138 HESSL HESSL
Characteristics: 402, 16 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2001
Includes "P.S. Insights, interviews & more-- " (16 pages at end)


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Jul 30, 2013

Yes, I would also recommend Red China Blues and Jan Wong's China, also try Guy Delisle's graphic novel Shen Zhen, it gives another outsider's view on modern Chinese society, and it's quite entertaining to read.

Jul 02, 2012

An immensely pleasurable read. I love the clarity and simplicity of Hessler's prose.

Feb 27, 2012

Great read.

I also recommend:
"Lost on Planet China" and "Red China Blues".

All three books will give you a glimpse at modern Chinese culture and history.


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