After living in China for five years, and learning the language, Peter Hessler decided to undertake an even more complicated endeavor: he acquired his Chinese driving licence. An eye-opening challenge, it enabled him to embark on an epic journey driving across this most enigmatic of countries. Over seven years, he travelled to places rarely explored by tourists, into the factories exporting their goods to the world and into the homes of their workers. Full of extraordinary encounters and details of life beyond Beijing, it is an unforgettable, unique portrait of the country that will likely shape all our lives in the century to come.
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Highly entertaining, hugely informative. --Good Book Guide
Funny and brilliantly written. I have not read anything quite like it before on China. --Chris Patten
This warm-hearted book . . . is full of wonderful close observations . . . the broader picture is of a culture being simultaneously destroyed and created before our eyes . . . [Hessler] continues to take us to places that others never seem to reach. --Kevin Rushby, The Guardian
From Beijing to rural Sancha village, Hessler constructs a patchwork of experiences - from helping a village boy get hospital treatmnet to working in a bra factory. In the process, he draws a fond portrait of this crucial but enigmatic country. --Lonely Planet Magazine
'[Hessler] writes with the authority of experience [yet] retains a delighted and delightful wonder.' --Daily Mail
' masterly, learned, entertaining, kind and endlessly fascinating panorama of life in 21st-century China.' --Jan Morris
Peter Hessler is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007 and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Book Prize, and Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for Excellence in reporting.
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