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"Few passengers disembark at Fuling ... and so Fuling appears like a break in a dream--the quiet river, the cabins full of travelers drifting off to sleep, the lights of the city rising from the blackness of the Yangtze," says Hessler. A poor city by Chinese standards, the students at the college are mainly from small villages and are considered very lucky to be continuing their education. As an English teacher, Hessler is delighted with his students' fresh reactions to classic literature. One student says of Hamlet, "I don't admire him and I dislike him. I think he is too sensitive and conservative and selfish." Hessler marvels,
You couldn't have said something like that at Oxford. You couldn't simply say: I don't like Hamlet because I think he's a lousy person. Everything had to be more clever than that ... you had to dismantle it ... not just the play itself but everything that had ever been written about it.Over the course of two years, Hessler and Meier learn more they ever guessed about the lives, dreams, and expectations of the Fuling people.
Hessler's writing is lovely. His observations are evocative, insightful, and often poignant--and just as often, funny. It's a pleasure to read of his (mis)adventures. Hessler returned to the U.S. with a new perspective on modern China and its people. After reading River Town, you'll have one, too. --Dana Van Nest --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book should be read by anyone interested in modern China.
After living in China for over two years, I found Peter's book to be very insightful to the "Chinese Characteristics" of the Chinese people.
Peter Hessler writes with the perfect combination of clarity, style, and humor that makes any books of his a great read.
I couldn't put it down and am looking forward to reading his other novels!!!!Published 2 days ago by S. Lemanski
This book is a good read that gets better the more you read into it. I realized that the better the author became at speaking the Chinese language, the more he conversed with the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tom Erbes
I enjoyed reading about the author's experiences while teaching English in China. What I learned about their culture and ways was very enlightening. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jadaros
It is a wonderful book. As easy to read as if you were there yourself. I was born in a small town myself, by a large river. Not in China but, also far away from the big cities. Read morePublished 18 days ago by O C Perin
What a great experience this author had.Very complete in describing his 2yr experience. He gave a great explanation of his personal life and China's and local history. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kandy L. Scott
It is a very interesting read with a lot of information about China. However, it was sometimes slow moving. Overall it is an enjoyable book.Published 22 days ago by pat smith
Read in advance of a trip to the Yangtse, and found it a colorful and captivating study of pre-dam life on the river. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Lehrer
I learned more history of China, and its present. Extremely readable. Worth every minute.Published 1 month ago by Coral