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Apologies to My Censor: The High and Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China Paperback – July 2, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
However, the author's honest admissions about his failings also presents one of the problems with this book. In many places the author just isn't that likable. He struggles to find motivation, and fritters away a lot of the opportunities he was presented. On some occasions he comes across more like a college sophomore struggling to pick a major than a 30-ish professional who's attempting to conduct serious journalism in a foreign country. After awhile the angst -- should the author stay in Beijing or go -- becomes repetitive and doesn't seem to move the narrative forward.
In the end this is a mix of mild expat adventures in China plus a few "inside the scenes" tales of how a journalist gets some moderately interesting stories written in China. For a fresh take on the China experience, it's OK. But there are much better places to start if you're just starting to read current memoirs of journalists in China. Read any (or all) of Peter Hessler's books before you read this.
Now when someone asks me what it's like to live in China, I can just tell them to read Apologies to my Censor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really could connect with the narrator. By the telling of his story I was able to develop a clearer picture of chinaPublished 17 months ago by Brett Baumgarten
Very interesting facts about life in China. Interesting facts about China Itself. The writer leaves some stories unfinished but overall it's OK.Published 23 months ago by jorge fregonese
I loved Mitch Moxley's book for its honesty and for providing inspiration to anyone who moves to a new country or tries to make it in a competitive field. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Susan Blumberg-Kason
Mitch Moxley's autobiography about his time spent as a journalist in Beijing during the years surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics is engaging and quirky. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Karen Lea Hansen
As a fellow expat in Beijing, I related to a lot of Mitch's experiences. It was fun to read another persons account of life in the city. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Samantha Hartmann
Mitch makes you laugh, cringe and sometimes feel ashamed, even if you didn't experience the strange things that happened to him. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Oo
Mitch is a likeable guy and his memoir of his adventures in China was very readable. Anyone who has ever visited a foreign country has felt that initial awkwardness and wonder. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Diane R. Dittmar