Yellow River Odyssey

Yellow River Odyssey

by Bill Porter
     
 

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Bill Porter follows the Yellow River, the world's sixth longest river, from its mouth to its source high in the Tibetan Plateau, a journey of more than three thousand miles through nine Chinese provinces. The trip takes the master translator into what was once the cradle of Chinese civilization and to the hometowns and graves of key historical figures such as

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Bill Porter follows the Yellow River, the world's sixth longest river, from its mouth to its source high in the Tibetan Plateau, a journey of more than three thousand miles through nine Chinese provinces. The trip takes the master translator into what was once the cradle of Chinese civilization and to the hometowns and graves of key historical figures such as Confucius, Mencius, Lao-tzu, and Chuang-tzu. Porter's depth of knowledge of Chinese history and culture is unparalleled. Yellow River Odyssey, already a bestseller in China, reveals a complex, fascinating, contradictory country. Porter masterfully digs beneath China's present-day materialism and the deep wounds of the Cultural Revolution to get at the roots of Chinese culture. And he does so with an ever-present wit and a keen eye for the telling detail. The book also includes more than fifty black-and-white photographs taken by Porter during his travels.

Bill Porter is an award-winning author and translator also known by his pen name, Red Pine. He is considered one of the foremost translators of Chinese texts, especially Buddhist and Taoist poetry and sutras. His translation work includes major Buddhist texts such as The Platform Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, and The Heart Sutra as well as the best-selling poetry collections Taoteching and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He is also the author of Zen Baggage and Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Porter lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
07/01/2014
Author (Zen Baggage; Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits) and acclaimed translator Porter traveled from the mouth to the source of China's Yellow River—the sixth longest in the world. The 3,000-mile journey encompasses China's cradle of civilization. Chapter titles range from one-word geographical names like "Kaifeng" or "Loyang," while others, such as "Stone Buddhas" or "Historians and Sages" are more descriptive. Porter's writing is charmingly old-fashioned and he doesn't take himself too seriously, traits that seem to gain him entry into glittering parties in Shanghai or the residence of Master K'uang, one of China's most famous living Taoist masters. Readers will enjoy Porter's gentle humor, too. The 43 quirky black-and-white photographs (one depicts a little boy on a river boat who's wearing opera makeup) are presented contact-sheet style, with "AGFA Apx 100" and specific photo numbers. VERDICT Those who enjoy Chinese subjects or the unusual will particularly appreciate this title.—Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988769304
Publisher:
Chin Music Press Inc.
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
626,281
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Bill Porter: Bill Porter is an award-winning author and translator who uses the pen name Red Pine for his translations. He is considered one of the foremost translators of Chinese texts, especially Buddhist and Taoist poetry and sutras. Porter was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and grew up in the Idaho Panhandle. After a tour of duty in the US Army, Porter graduated from the University of California with a degree in anthropology, and attended graduate school at Columbia University. However, he left academia, moved to Taiwan and joined a Buddhist monastery, where he stayed for four years. After his stint in a monastery, Porter produced thousands of radio programs for stations in Taiwan and Hong Kong about his travels in China.

Porter's translation work includes major Buddhist texts such as The Platform Sutra, The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra as well as best-selling poetry collections Taoteching and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He is also the author of Zen Baggage and Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Porter lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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