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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze


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ISBN13: 9780060953744
ISBN10: 0060953748
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In the heart of China's Sichuan province, tucked away amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this vast and ever-evolving country, Fuling is shifting gears and heading down a new path, one of change and vitality, tension and reform, disruption and growth.

Its position at the crossroads came into sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the ways of Fuling — and about the complex process of understanding that takes place when one is immersed in a radically different society. Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that, much like China itself, is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.

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Peter Hessler graduated with degrees in English from Princeton and Oxford and has written for several publications, including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Atlantic Monthly. A native of Columbia, Missouri, he currently lives in Beijing.

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teacher and reader, June 14, 2011 (view all comments by teacher and reader)
This book is fascinating. The author spent two years in China teaching for the Peace Corps at the age of 26. He and his friend, Adam, were the first two Westerners to live in the province for fifty years. As a result, they were stared at, glared at and followed where ever they went. Mr. Hessler captures the culture, the emotional and political climate, and his experience vividly. When I finished the book, the images and ideas stayed with me, and because of the detailed and excellent writing, I felt as if I had shared in the experience. It is a great book for getting a handle on what China is like at a basic level. River Town is honest, funny, and poignant, and one of the most haunting books I've ever read.
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Anna, November 30, 2006 (view all comments by Anna)
Much better than his later "Oracle Bones," this book follows Peter in his early Peace Corps days in the Sichuan Province in China. Not only does this book give a nice background into the joys and difficulties of teaching, but it also gives an interesting anthropological and cultural look into foreign relations and foreign politics. Great reading!
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Product Details

Two Years on the Yangtze
Hessler, Peter
New York
Description and travel
Asia - China
Essays & Travelogues
Fuling (Sichuan Sheng, China)
International Relations - General
General Travel
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1st Perennial ed.
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8.16x5.30x.91 in. .65 lbs.

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