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River town : two years on the Yangtze

By: Hessler, Peter

0719564808 / 9780719564802
Paperback
915.1'38'0459
07/03/2002
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England
20 cm [ix], 402p.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2001.
Winner of the 2001 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize

When Peter Hessler went to China in the late 1990s, he expected to spend a couple of peaceful years teaching English in the town of Fuling on the Yangtze River.

But what he experienced - the natural beauty, cultural tension, and complex process of understanding that takes place when one is thrust into a radically different society - surpassed anything he could have imagined.

Hessler observes firsthand how major events such as the death of Deng Xiaoping, the return of Hong Kong to the mainland, and the controversial consturction of the Three Gorges Dam have affected even the people of a remote town like Fuling.

Poignant, thoughtful and utterly compelling, "River Town" is an unforgettable portrait of a place caught mid-river in time, much like China itself - a country seeking to understand both what it was and what it will one day become.

BIC:

1FPC China, 3JJPR c 1990 to c 2000, HBJF Asian history, HBLW3 Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, WQH Local history, WTL Travel writing

Prizes:

S 2002 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award

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