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  • Posted November 25, 2010

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    China in a new light

    I picked up this book after wanting to learn more about China, a country I someday hope to visit. China Underground is a great book giving the reader different stories about the various people living and changing China. When I first tried to read this book it seemed a little boring, but by the second chapter I was hooked. There were times where I found the writing to be full of purple prose, but I was able to overlook it since the work as a whole has a nice style and rhythm to it. Zachary Mexico definitely introduces some interesting characters in his book. I've read numerous books about China, but it was nice to learn something new, like the "Killing People clubs." I think the book is an excellent read and I hope Mexico decides to write more in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2009

    Mexico in China

    I just finished Zachary Mexico's book. I'm amazed by his<BR/>eloquent story telling, the clarity of his observations and his<BR/>proficiency in the subtleties of the Chinese language. I was struck by his bravery to travel alone throughout China following leads, exploring the dicey underbelly of an enormous, complex country and exposing his findings.<BR/><BR/>The writings show an avid interest in people's stories, a gift of<BR/>conversation, a true non-judgemental (my spell checker is telling me that is not a word) compassion for how people deal with their lot in life.<BR/><BR/>The book was captivating because of the fascinating, real people interviewed and because of Zachary's youthful yet wise reactions to his surroundings. In addition to his descriptions of characters and life situations he fleshed out his studies by writing about living spaces, food choices, clothing fit and interestingly, brand names of their cigarettes as if that too reflected upon one's character. He sees China as a worldly, yet objective, young outsider, free to express what is often not sanctioned in China. His inclusion of historical contexts was extremely helpful.

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