MMass, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by MMass)
What a great book! Hessler took me on an incredible journey, via a very engaging, accessible style. A look at the transformation in China from the inside out.
myrlamagness, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by myrlamagness)
This third book in Peter Hessler's trilogy, after River Town and Oracle Bones, digs deeper into contemporary Chinese culture. Country Driving is spot on and prepares the traveler, student of culture, or China dreamer for an authentic China experience from a savvy, yet humble, American writer's perspective.
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Yao-Hsin, May 10, 2010 (view all comments by Yao-Hsin)
Peter Hessler's description about China exactly match my experience as a business person working with Chinese manufacturers. His writing bring the China experiences to live. This is a book I definitely recommend!
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Christopher Marquardt, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by Christopher Marquardt)
I imagine this book has got to be great...I read his first two and was really impressed at his ability to understand China. I also spent time in the Peace Corps and think his descriptions on living there are amazing. I still remember his character Ma Fulai from River Town and often dream about what a great man he was to withstand such tyranny! The scene in Fuling with all the drunk officials and the plastic gun...brilliant!
Also, how bad can this book be, Pete's one of those great writers who's also a decent runner....can't wait!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In his latest feat of penetrating social reportage, New Yorker writer Hessler (Oracle Bones) again proves himself America's keenest observer of the New China. Hessler investigates the country's lurch into modernity through three engrossing narratives. In an epic road trip following the Great Wall across northern China, he surveys dilapidated frontier outposts from the imperial past while barely surviving the advent of the nation's uniquely terrifying car culture. He probes the transformation of village life through the saga of a family of peasants trying to remake themselves as middle-class entrepreneurs. Finally, he explores China's frantic industrialization, embodied by the managers and workers at a fly-by-night bra-parts factory in a Special Economic Zone. Hessler has a sharp eye for contradictions, from the absurdities of Chinese drivers' education courses — low-speed obstacle courses are mandatory, while seat belts and turn signals are deemed optional — to the leveling of an entire mountain to make way for the Renli Environmental Protection Company. Better yet, he has a knack for finding the human-scale stories that make China's vast upheavals both comprehensible and moving. The result is a fascinating portrait of a society tearing off into the future with only the sketchiest of maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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A gripping account of China’s failed attempt at social engineering and its pervasive effects on the Chinese people
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