5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
dense, informative, tough and rewarding,
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This review is from: China: A History (Hardcover)
Not an easy book - but it taught me a lot. Elegant writing, complicated (well, which history isn't?) with many recurrent names for different people... a bit like a whole series of kings called either Henry, Edward, Philip or Louis, I suppose. Also I kept on having to look up place names; but there is a whole series of maps provided for *that* purpose.
It is very dense, with print that other publishers would have spread it over a thousand pages. As it is, page 300 takes us to the year 1000 AD, page 400 to the year 1500, and by page 500 we are in the 1900's. On the other hand, you find such little gems as "Succesful exam candidates are said to have enjoyed the acclaim nowadays accorded to style gurus and raddled entertainers", or the "bespoke communists" of the late 20th century.
Enjoyable, in a slow and thoughtful way; all a history book should be, really! I will be buying his book on India next.