Category Archives: Literature

Lonely Planet Recommended China Books

A recent scan through my copy of Lonely Planet China brought forth some recommended readings. To my horror, the suggest “Mao: The Unknown Story”. This will not stand! Continue reading

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Literature Review: Deborah Fallows’ ‘Dreaming in Chinese’

A review of Deborah Fallows ‘Dreaming in Chinese’. Although it is more academic in nature, language students have much to gain from reading this short work. Continue reading

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Dreaming in Chinese

I’ve got just a moment to post this, but by tomorrow or the day after I should have a review done out of Deborah Fallows book ‘Dreaming in Chinese’, a small work on her process toward gaining and understanding of … Continue reading

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Literature Review: Mr. China

A review of Tim Clissold’s less well known ‘Mr. China’, a part memoir, part retelling and analysis of his first decade of business in China, starting in the early 90s. Continue reading

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Riding the Iron Rooster

Theroux expressed a strong dislike toward my beloved China, stating that there could be nothing worse than a stay within one of the Chinese cities. He didn’t mention, however, that he had not only spent a year traveling there, but even gone so far to write a book about it. Continue reading

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Ghost Train

I’m almost finished with “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star”, probably going to wrap it up this afternoon. Amazing does not do it justice. Theroux does a remarkable job in conveying the greatness of each country and region, talking about … Continue reading

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Plans and Theroux

The world is big and it is waiting for you! Go Forward! Take risk, change your plans, try new things, and most of all, don’t screw up while in Turkmenistan. Paul Theroux inspires my wanderlust bound brain. Continue reading

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Recent Readings

A compilation of thoughts on Hesslers “Country Driving, Zhang Lijia’s “Socialism is Great”, and Leslie Chang’s “Factory Girls”. Three books that are great together. Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble

In my quest for Peter Hessler’s newest book, ‘Country Driving’, I find myself in Barnes and Noble. With such huge numbers of published books, I can’t help but wonder how any author is able to get their first work noticed. Continue reading

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Hessler Strikes Again!

Peter Hessler’s new book, “Country Driving:A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory”, comes out in less than a week. I will not lie, I revere the man. Continue reading

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