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