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Along River and Road in Fuh-Kien, China ... With a map and illustrations ... by the author. Paperback – 18 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H06DNS
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,733,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This strange nation, who win their way to the front rank of commerce ..... who persevere steadily and earn a living in the face of every obstacle ..... who defy climatic differences .... must be destined to decide much of the history of the globe." This was written by an English missionary who served in Amoy (some 250 miles up the coast from Hong Kong) in the 1870s.
In 300 pages, embellished with 15 full-page hand-drawn illustrations (every face has an expression), Dukes describes, in considerable and always readable detail, everyday life as he witnessed it.
Some chapter headings: The Chinese New Year; The habits and manners of John Chinaman; Over the hills of Fuh-Kien; Feng-Shui; Schools and Colleges; The cremation of a priest. A number of melodies and chants are transcribed -- you can play them on your recorder. Insights and observations abound.
Three of the author's four sons achieved contrasting eminences: Ashley as a dramatic and theatre critic, married to ballet innovator Marie Rambert; Paul, knighted for espionage services in the nascent USSR, subsequently introduced hatha yoga to the West; Cuthbert's name is still linked today to the treatment for a special cancer.
For a colourful slant on present-day China you can hardly improve on this account of 140 years ago!
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