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Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman's Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008


    I bought this book because I am planning a trip to China and like to read anything I can get my hands on about the country I'm planning to visit. I was so excited to find a travel account by a woman traveling alone in China. I looked forward to funny anecdotes, ideas about what to see and a general sense of life in China. Instead I found a 300 page rant about anything and everything Chinese. Frankly I'm confused as to why the author went to China in the first place and even more confused as to how she managed to get the book published. She complained about everything. She didn't like the food 'unless it was McDonalds', the people, the transportation, the accomodations 'unless it was the Grand Hyatt', or the sites/entertainment 'unless it was the HBO in her room at the Grand Hyatt'. She seemed not to understand that she was a guest in the places she visited or that the most valuable trait of a traveler is open-mindedness. She took almost every situation personally, as in when she described a bus journey to Kunming, 'The road surface was unspeakably bad....we hurtled over holds and leapt from the crests of little jumps that seemed to have been laid out solely to test the resiliance of our bones.' Page 237. Moreover she was almost insulted that few people could speak English and, ever unprepared, seemed to expect others to go out of their way to help her. At the same time, she complained each time anyone tried to speak with her. Evans would do better to stay put in her native England and spare the inhabitants of any other country from having to put up with her. This book is frustrating mainly because it has the potential to deter readers from a trip to China. I will be looking for a more open-minded and curious account of the country and it's people.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    I was with there again...laughed out loud!

    If you have ever travelled to rural China -- off the beaten path and beyond bright lights of Beijing -- you will find all of your senses engaged as you read this book. It is not often that I laugh out loud at a book, but because I have been to places in China similar to those described by Evans, I could smell the smells, taste the tastes, hear the sounds, and see the images. She transported me back and made fresh again my memories, experiences, and reactions to this culture so foreign to so many of us.

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