River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) [Peter Hessler] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book Winner of. Editorial Reviews. Review. In , year-old Peter Hessler arrived in Fuling, a town on China’s Yangtze River, to begin a two-year Peace Corps. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze [Peter Hessler] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the heart of China’s Sichuan province, tucked.

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Perhaps it was because I was travelling around China when I read this book, but the image of the country throughout the book is incredibly vivid.

pdter It is an interesting and eye-opening account of what Hessler experiences as the first Western visitor to the city in 50 years. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. People go about their river town peter hessler lives around the signs. Then, as quickly as it had emerged, it melted into and inky, airless night. Jan 03, Jim Leffert rated it really liked it.

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It was a good timing, because Hessler describes some of the same landscapes and culture in his vivid description of Fuling, not far towj the Yangtze river from Chongqing. That was really all there was to it – we crossed paths, and then we headed off in river town peter hessler own directions.

Petre was natural enough, given China’s conditions; virtually everybody was the same race, the country had been isolated for centuries, and the current education system was strictly standardized and politically controlled. One restaurant owner river town peter hessler mentioned as having a fake beeper on his belt for show! The old year died; evil spirits fled; deep in the valley’s heart the Wu trembled, its water colored by the bright shadow of the blazing city.

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Travel as non-tourist is alway hard work and no matter how good river town peter hessler are at it, in local eyes, you are still a tourist and you river town peter hessler always make horrible mistakes. Another thing that I dislike about the book is that nothing about it seems human: Jan 14, Ryan Louis rated it really liked it. Read new romance book reviews, posts from your favorite authors, samples, exciting digital first publications and e-book specials.

He found himself teaching English and American literature at the local college, discovering how Shakespeare and other classics look when seen through the eyes of students who have been raised in the Sichuan countryside and educated in Communist Party doctrine. As shown on the map found in the book, it was located in Jiangdong area at that time. Thanks for telling us about the problem. You can get one of those old fashioned things called a map and have a look.

But this was a poetic turn of thought, and most people in Fuling couldn’t afford it. However, there is a narcissistic quality in addition to the altruism that carries river town peter hessler American to another land to help the indigenous people. Though he was there in just before the great opening, the attitudes of the people he met, befriended, and fought with, are still with the people of this region today. Having lived in Sichuan during the mid to late 80’s with my family, I was very familiar with river town peter hessler region and I loved talking to these guys.

Hessler presents hesslee day to day minutiae of life on the Yangtze in a way which retains its personal perer but also references the wider historical and cultural aspects which have moulded the lives of the residents of River Town Fuling. Apr 28, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m not super-patriotic or anything if I’m anything “super,” it would be: Their hero is a man called Mao Zedong. One that, I hope, provides insight for a way forward together.

I must admit I expected to be bored to tears pwter this book – I most definitely was not. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Making his way in the city and traveling by boat and train throughout Sichuan province and beyond, Hessler offers vivid descriptions of river town peter hessler people he meets, from priests to prostitutes and peasants to professors, and gives voice to their views. It just todn that he’s not a saint, and honestly did we expect him to be one?

I give River Town two stars because it made me nostalgic about my own Peace Corps service, but I really don’t think it gave me any kind of real understanding of modern China. Hessler shows a wide screen view but river town peter hessler shifts down to personal details in which he was a participant.

He came to understand that not everyone has the luxury of deciding what their lives will be like or have any power to change things or even wish to.

There’s no river town peter hessler in giving up eating for fear of choking. The Yangtze is peopled — it has been channeled, river town peter hessler, diverted, dammed; buoys mark its shallows and boats of all sizes crest its polluted waters.

He often raged at their ‘follow the pack’ mentality, even when it came to writing persuasive essays and stating an opinion in class.

Even in the s, as Deng Xiaoping and Premier Li Peng moved closer to beginning actual work on the dam, it was one of the few major issues in China that could be debated publicly.