- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Torchpost (December 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780991166244
- ISBN-13: 978-0991166244
- ASIN: 0991166248
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,936,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Double Happiness: One Man's Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China Paperback – December 12, 2013
"A life-altering experience... teaching, traveling, and transformation." (San Jose Mercury News)
"A very talented writer... a journey filled with rich insight." (Writer's Digest Book Awards)
"Inspirational and striking... travel writing at its best." (Midwest Book Review)
"Sweeps you across the ocean to another land... a journey that will leave you forever changed." (The Book Wheel)
"A brilliant new writer takes us on an unforgettable journey..." (Anodea Judith, author of Waking the Global Heart)
From the Back Cover
Tony Brasunas arrives in hot, coastal, Guangzhou, China, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the local language, and he is thrown in front of thirty-seven awestruck, uniformed ninth graders. Trial and error with his students, trickery and generosity in the street markets, and conversations over mouth-watering rabbit with new friends fuel his hunger to understand China and draw him deeply into his new community.
When the school year ends, with just a backpack and a handful of wild expectations, Brasunas sets off alone across the vastness of China, along the Silk Road in the north, and to the edge of ancient Tibet in the west. A rugged path brings friendship, danger, romance, and wild encounters with fate that uproot his basic understanding of right and wrong, beauty and love, suffering and happiness.
A journey across China and through the soul of a young American, Double Happiness is both travel writing at its very finest and a groundbreaking story of coming of age in the era of globalization.
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If you like trips, and if you like a good solid strong rich warm compassionate daring travel book, I think you will like this one.
Secondly, the author opens to us a breathtakingly candid window to his inner life during the emergence from adolescence into adulthood. Wrestling with the meaning of life and his response to issues brought up by the jolt of waking up in a foreign culture, and intimidating questions of "making it" in the world..... all are shared with us without guile or "spin." For this reason, this book speaks directly to that innocent yet highly perceptive part of ourselves that has evolved as we've matured into whatever rudder we think we have in this life.
For all of this, and also for the humor of "Donkey" and escapades with the other kids, and the pure fun of following Tony's off the beaten path adventures, this book is a top pick.