Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China

Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China

by Peter Hessler
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Hessler is an amazing writer! I really enjoy his writing style which is clear, insightful,intelligent and well researched.
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
This book seems informal, without pre-set plan or structure. The author seems to wander around, hanging out with ordinary people. He follows a number of friendships over several years, switching back and forth between people and places. And slowly I realized this is the finest sort of journalism I've seen. The loose net of stories explores China from dozens of viewpoints--of Uighur traders, migrant teachers, aging archaeologists, factory girls. Gradually themes of investigation arise--into the fate of an archeologist who died in the Cultural Revolution, or the story of China's script. There's no central theme. Just a world of lives and experiences spread across China, captured with unpretentious art. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book right after i visited china and i loved it! it provides very helpful insight into the china of today and is an entertaining well-written read.
bomopho More than 1 year ago
A fascinating account of the author's experiences interwoven with much historical information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do like this book, though I like his other book River Town better. Very good story line, but not deep in the general understanding about this vast changing nation and its knowledge of history is rather limited. I'd recommend two more insightful books: 1. China's Global Reach: markets, multinationals, and globalization 2. 1587: a new year of no significance. Both are written by leading Chinese writers.
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