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China, 1980 style,
This review is from: Behind The Wall (Paperback)
Thubron's typical eclectic mix of people, lifestyles, places, scenery, history, myth and politics, brings post-revolutionary China to vivid life as he travels north to south, east to west. While undoubtedly China has moved on since his journey, this book reveals as much about the minds and attitudes of its 1980s population as it does about the cities and countryside, industry and wildernesses.
Read this, if you can, before The Lost Heart of Asia and Shadow of the Silk Road. I didn't, and wish I had, although it didn't prevent me from falling under Thubron's narrative spell.
One small downside: I do wish there had been more and better maps. I had to keep referring to my own atlas (or looking on the web) to find out exactly where he was ...
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2009 03:53:29 BDT
Miran Ali says:
Scanning the other reviews of this title, I think you're the only reviewer who's mentioned the very salient fact that this book's set in the 80's and thus of interest to anyone wanting to learn more of that period. Thank you for that. I don't want to know more about China in the 80's and I was about to order this book!
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