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Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha: And Other Encounters in China and Tibet

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Adventures in a nation on the road

Long caricatured as a land of stagnant traditions or lockstep Maoist conformity, China today is a country on the move. Literally—China's new migrant labor pool, known as the "blind river," logs in more road miles and piecework hours than any other workforce in the world—but also mentally and spiritually, as more and more Chinese search for some new faith, whether Maoist, Buddhist, humanist, or laissez-faire - to fill in where decaying Party ideology leaves off. The new China, where religious pilgrims cross paths with born-again capitalists and uprooted communards, is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment.

The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims: wandering farmhands, itinerant actors, a qi gong guru, a careerist policeman, a muckraking lawyer, a die-hard revolutionary agitator, a Taiwanese con man, a Tibetan lama, and many more. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.

Review:

"[The] digressions, while at times meandering, are redeemed by Kaye's ample knowledge of China and his childlike excitement over his subject. Kaye's edifying narrative can...entertainingly skim across a range of subjects throughout China's long, complicated history....[C]apture[s] the conflicts and contradictions of a country that is so often depicted as a teeming, homogenous mass." Publishers Weekly

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"Sinophiles will delight in his companionable, experienced guidance." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

Review:

"A literate journey....Well-written, humorous, and instructive: a useful resource for China-watchers and travelers." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[Kaye] skillfully weaves history and commentary throughout his narratives of people met....Kaye goes deeper and better informed into China and the Chinese way of life than do most travel writers. This is not a book on politics or economics but rather one for those with more than a passing fancy for the cultures of the world's most populous nation." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The new China is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment. The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.

About the Author

Lincoln Kaye has headed the Far Eastern Economic Review bureaus in six Asian countries, including five years in China. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Slate and The Nations. He and Hsu Mei-Lang have been married for twenty-five years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374299989
Subtitle:
And Other Encounters in China and Tibet
Illustrated by:
Mei-Lang, Hsu
Illustrator:
Mei-lang, Hsu
Author:
Kaye, Lincoln
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
107-65
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.15x6.30x1.25 in. 1.49 lbs.

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Product details 480 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374299989 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[The] digressions, while at times meandering, are redeemed by Kaye's ample knowledge of China and his childlike excitement over his subject. Kaye's edifying narrative can...entertainingly skim across a range of subjects throughout China's long, complicated history....[C]apture[s] the conflicts and contradictions of a country that is so often depicted as a teeming, homogenous mass."
"Review" by , "Sinophiles will delight in his companionable, experienced guidance."
"Review" by , "A literate journey....Well-written, humorous, and instructive: a useful resource for China-watchers and travelers."
"Review" by , "[Kaye] skillfully weaves history and commentary throughout his narratives of people met....Kaye goes deeper and better informed into China and the Chinese way of life than do most travel writers. This is not a book on politics or economics but rather one for those with more than a passing fancy for the cultures of the world's most populous nation."
"Synopsis" by , The new China is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment. The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.
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