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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.
Whether you are interested in China, travel in general or ‘coming of age’ novels, Double Happiness would hit all of those buttons. I absolutely adored the little bits of Chinese that were sparsely placed throughout the book, allowing the reader to connect more with the Chinese culture and Tony’s growth from nervous traveler to confident (to an extent) teacher.
The combination between Tony’s personal life and the Chinese sentiment that surrounds the assimilation of Hong Kong and death of Deng Xiaoping is powerful. On one hand, it seems effortless to read, as we juggle his thoughts on the newest girl with the moments of quiet strength as he begins to realize that to understand China, one must accept much of what China is.
His journeys, whether it be to the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, are exciting and will motivate even the most lazy (that being myself) to want to visit this amazing country. His teaching methods evolve from something that would be found in a general manual to a personalized style that brings out what makes each student enjoy English.
Although sometimes I was a bit confused as to the timeline of the story, ultimately it ended up not mattering so much. As the plot moves up and down, I saw that maybe the mixture of personal teaching life, travel stories, and the larger picture was potent. The title Double Happiness could mean one of many things. But I believe it most accurately refers to the happiness of completing what he set out to do and the happiness of feeling aware in every sense of the world. That Tony finishes the novel feeling happiness on both planes is well deserved, and hopefully as a reader –you’ll feel the same.
Brasunas gives readers a peek into 'authentic' China. This is great for readers who know that they're never ever going to backpack across China with nothing but a few sets of clothes and a single Herman Hesse novel on their backs.
A particularly powerful and poignant moment in the memoir is where Brasunas goes to Tiananmen Square for the celebration of the British transfer of Hong Kong back to China. The soliders marching forward to clear the square in a phalanx formation, Brasunas 'befriending' the soldier and helping to move families out of the path of the People's Liberation Army it's a scene that feels like it should be out of a novel, proving the old adage correct once again that sometimes truth really is more interesting than fiction.
But as much as this is an adventure story, it's also a story about understanding and respecting other cultures, recognizing the beauty in the world, and being at peace with oneself and others. Brasunas' interaction with the Buddhist monks in the latter half of the book exudes this feeling of peace out to the reader.
Perhaps because the memoir was written after the author had found his inner peace, the parts referencing to pushing people away didn't ring quite true to me. I'm not saying they're not true, I'm just saying that the tone of the narrator throughout is self-possessed and lacks the despair that these moments seem to be trying to convey.
Overall this is an excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys travelogues, memoirs, or journeys towards enlightenment.
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