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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
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Tony Brasunas had never left the United State nor taught a class on anything when he arrives in hot, coastal, Guangzhou, China, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language. He is thrown in front of thirty-seven awestruck ninth graders. Trial and error in the classroom, 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 deeper and deeper into his new community.
When the school year ends, a harder and sweeter journey begins. With just a backpack and a handful of wild expectations, he 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. His rugged path brings friendship, danger, romance, and wild encounters with fate that transform 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
In the first half Brasunas sets the stage for China and himself, moving the reader between busy situations of Beijing and slow and humid life in Guangzhou where he was teaching. Great moments indeed, but as engaging as that was, the book blossoms in the second half of his travels through China, tackling local surroundings and life, but more importantly human conditions of peace, acceptance and struggle of every kind, fear especially. I recommend this book to anyone who want to learn something about themselves, especially someone who is going to travel any place for some time. I suspect this account has a lot in common with many other stories of finding yourself through catalyst of foreign cultures, places and people. The narrative is beautiful. And so was the meaning of it.
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