Pearl River Drama: Dating in China Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00RQQIA26
- Publication date : January 2, 2015
- Language: : English
- File size : 12860 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 182 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,186 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now let's be clear: this is not erotica, nor is the text centered on the actual sex. It's more a dissertation on dating, sex, drugs, dating sites, relationships, etc. All happening in a distant land and one that is culturally very different from the author's homeland of America.
The author classifies this book in the opening pages as a memoir. But I don't think that is a good description. You write a memoir when you're writing several decades after the events took place and you consider yourself to be a much wiser person. I wouldn't call it a memoir when you're musing about what happened three years ago. This is written shortly after the events took place. Your head may be cooler but you aren't really wiser.
I'm totally unsure about the intended readership of this book: men or women?
Anyway if reading a well written account of a 20 something american male's dating adventures in China is what you're looking for I don't think you'll find a better book on the subject than this one.
I really appreciated his honesty and his awareness of the stereotypical western expat men who end up in China. Hecht is very open minded and doesn't sell out when it comes to making a new life in China. In other words, he doesn't become a pompous bastard just because he's a foreigner. His dating stories make up the bulk of his memoir and he is open minded in that area, too. Dating both Chinese and foreigners, Hecht shows what it's like to feel lonely abroad.
Some of these stories are hilarious while others are quite sad and even downright frightening. Although Hecht is still living in China and admits that his story hasn't ended yet, he seems at home in Shenzhen and settled into a fulfilling writing career. This book is graphic for those who are squeamish about sex and drugs.
What did I like about it? Well, it made me feel like I was reading a friend's diary. It was raw and real and deeply personal at times. It made me feel like I know Ray, in his glory and imperfections. At times I wanted to have him in front of me so I could shake him and yell, "What the hell are you doing?!" It was also interesting to learn about a side of China I don't have access to as a married, female expat living in a rather small Chinese city. I should also mention, it's also easy to read and full of drama. Why not give it a try?