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River town : two years on the Yangtze

Author: Peter Hessler
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When Peter Hessler joined the Peace Corps, he expected to spend a couple of peaceful years teaching English in the town of Fuling along the Yangtze River. But what he experienced, the natural beauty, cultural tension, and complex process of understanding that takes place when one is thrust into a radically different society, surpassed anything he could have imagined. Hessler observes firsthand how major events like  Read more...
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Named Person: Peter Hessler; Peter Hessler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hessler
ISBN: 0060855029 9780060855024
OCLC Number: 71340332
Notes: First Harper Perennial edition published 2006.
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more (cover).
Description: 402 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: PART I: Downstream --The city --
Shakespeare with Chinese characteristics --
Raise the Flag Mountain --
Running --
The White Crane Ridge --The dam --
The Wu River --
Opium Wars --
White Flat Mountain --
Storm --
PART II: Summer --
The priest --
Chinese life --
The restaurant owner --
Money --
The teacher --
Chinese New Year --
The land --
Spring again --
The river --
Upstream.
Responsibility: Peter Hessler.

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"When Peter Hessler joined the Peace Corps, he expected to spend a couple of peaceful years teaching English in the town of Fuling along the Yangtze River. But what he experienced, the natural beauty, cultural tension, and complex process of understanding that takes place when one is thrust into a radically different society, surpassed anything he could have imagined. Hessler observes firsthand how major events like the death of Deng Xiaoping, the return of Hong Kong to the mainland, and the controversial construction of the Three Gorges Dam have sent tremors large enough to sweep through China and reach the people of Fuling. Poignant, thoughtful, and utterly compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city caught mid-river in time, much like China itself, a country seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be." -- Publisher.
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