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Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in Chinaby Peter Hessler
From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twenty-first-century China as it opens its doors to the outside world.
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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.
An American journalist living in Beijing offers an odyssey through twenty-first-century China as seen through the eyes of a handful of ordinary people.
Table of Contents
I: Artifact A: The underground city — The middleman — Artifact B: The written world — The voice of America — The broken bridge — Artifact C: The wall — The overnight city — II: Starch — Hollywood — Artifact D: The voice of the turtle — At night you're not lonely — Immigration — The courtyard — Artifact E: The bronze head — Anniversary — Sichuanese — III: Artifact F: The book — Asylum — Artifact G: The uncracked bone — The games — Sand — Artifact H: The word — Translation — Flags — Straight to video — Artifact I: The horse — Wonton western — Election — Chinatown — Artifact J: the criticism — Artifact K: The lost alphabets — Encapsulate prime — Artifact L: The misprinted character — Patton's tomb — Artifact Z: The sold words — Tea.
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