Library Journal - Library JournalThis book consists of 70-odd short interviews with Chinese people in every walk of life. The pieces, which created a sensation when serialized in China in 1985, present their life stories and attitudes much more realistically than most Chinese reportage or fiction. Part of the original's charm lay in its ear for jargon and idioms from different regions of China, an element lost in this British-supervised translation. Otherwise, the interviews are original, enlightening, and fun to readexcept when one detects the obligatory notes of obeisance to current political and economic reforms. The authors' Chinese Profiles ( LJ 1/87) contains a different selection, in different translations, from the same body of material. Ed. Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia Univ.
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