Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China (P.S.)

4.15 avg rating
( 5,064 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780060826598: Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China (P.S.)

Oracle Bones tells its engaging and compelling story through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. The author himself is a Westerner living as a journalist in Beijing; the narrative tracks his story along with that of Polat, a trader and member of a forgotten ethnic minority, who moves to the West in search of fortune; William Jefferson Foster, who grew up in an illiterate village; Anne, a migrant factory worker in a city without a past; and Chen Mengjia, a mysterious scholar of an ancient writing form known as oracle bones, a man whose reputation has slipped into obscurity since his suicide in the 1960s.

All of them are migrants, emigrants, or wanderers who find themselves far from home, their lives dramatically changed by historical forces they are struggling to understand. Hessler excavates the past in search of meaning, but his intimate approach puts a remarkable human face on the history he uncovers.

We discover with him not only where the great, influential cultures of East and West intersect, but also how people create meaning out of chaotic world events.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

'A remarkable travelogue documenting aspects of a country still little understood' ( Kirkus Reviews)

'Hessler gets the stories that no one talks about and delivers them in a personal study that informs, entertains, and mesmerizes. Everyone in the Western world should read this book' ( Publisher's Weekly)

Praise for River Town:

Written with great clarity and affection, River Town should be read by anyone with an interest in finding the Chinese less inscrutable ( The Times)

Hessler's account superbly captures the spirit of a country in which he is an invader, albeit welcomed, understanding rather than merely describing it and, with consummate skill and literary style, bringing it alive in all its mesmerising complexity ( Sunday Times)

To come across a Westerner patient enough and tolerant enough to try and understand the immense, exasperating and ultimately lovable entity that is China is always a pleasure. To encounter one that is as literate and sensitive as Peter Hessler is a joy ( Simon Winchester)

Studded with insight and humility, written with unshowy elegance, River Town is about ways of seeing ( Daily Telegraph)

'A brilliant tapestry of ancient and modern China' ( Spectator)

'Valuable for its necklace of vignettes - poignant, comic, and weird' ( Jonathan Mirsky, Literary Review)

'He ranges widely and, in doing so, illustrates how Chinese history accumulates' ( Mick Herron, Geographical Magazine)

'[An] extraordinary survey of contemporary China...really quite unforgettable' ( The Observer)

Book Description:

From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare and authentic portrait - both intimate and epic - of twenty-first century China as it opens its doors to the world

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hessler, Peter
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EYDQW002SWH

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.81
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Hessler, Peter
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800608265980000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Peter Hessler
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060826592

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.82
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Peter Hessler
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 203 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China s transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780060826598

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Hessler, Peter
Published by PERENNIAL (2007)
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PERENNIAL, 2007. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060826598

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Hessler, Peter
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Bookseller Inventory # 809496

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Peter Hessler
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 203 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China s transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780060826598

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Hessler, Peter
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
AMAZINGBOOKDEALS
(IRVING, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0060826592BNA

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Hessler, Peter
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-ING-00137525

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Hessler, Peter
ISBN 10: 0060826592 ISBN 13: 9780060826598
New Softcover Quantity Available: 15
Seller
VNHM SHOP
(Pompano Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Softcover. Book Condition: New. A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. InOracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes. Bookseller Inventory # BAA-B-3239635

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book