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The Silent Traveller: A Chinese Artist in Lakeland Paperback – 1 Jun 2004


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"...one of the most charming travel books ever written." -- The Guardian, August 13, 2004

"Chiang Yee was the Bill Bryson of his day, travelling the world with a keen eye and a polished pen." -- The Cumberland News, August 27, 2004

"This author has a gentle sense of humour and insatiable curiosity. Sights and sounds are captured with appealing freshness." -- The Scots Magazine, November 2003

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'Many a time while I stayed in the Lakes, I felt myself back in my native country. The scene was constantly green, beautiful and peaceful...My visit whetted my appetite for returning to my native land; but, all the same, in one's short life it is good to have a taste of the whole world!'

The Silent Traveller in lakeland is the first of the Silent traveller series and one of Chiang Yee's most personal and moving books.

Chiang visited the English Lakes in the 1930s, following a perticularly claustrophobic period in the 'smoky and foggy atmosphere' of London. Amid the tranquility of Wastwater, Windermere and Crummockwater and the grandeur of Scafell, his search for peace contrasts starkly with the conflict in China and the impending European war. Deeply sensitive to the relationship between man and his environment, Chiang's views on society, conflict and solitude are both poignant and perceptive.

Illustrated with the author's delicate monochromes of Lakeland scenes, painted in traditional Chinese style with brush, ink and soft paper, this edition has a new foreword by Da Zheng, Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University, Massachusetts.


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