Long Peace Street: A Walk in Modern China Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 July 2019
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Bringing together past and present, personal and political, Jonathan Chatwin gives readers a thoughtful and deeply-informed account of modern China through the marvellous device of a stroll down Beijing's longest avenue - and all in lucid and compelling prose. --Rana Mitter, author of Modern China: A Very Short Introduction
Even the most dedicated flâneur has to work hard to find the charm in Chang an Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the glorious mess of Beijing . But Chatwin walks the walk and, along the way, dissects the street, its denizens and its enduring role in China s history and collective modern traumas. --Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking
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He guides the reader on a journey of 19 miles from west to east Beijing. Chatwin is clearly very knowledgeable about life of the working Chinese people and culture and the relevance of historical landmarks.
References to Mao, The Cultural Revolution, 2008 Olympics, development of Urban districts and Shopping Malls from a background of Imperialism.
Chatwins’ writing style lends itself to poetic descriptions; altogether both informative and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.