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Country Driving

A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory
Hessler, Peter (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In this penetrating narrative account, Hessler investigates China's lurch into modernity as he survives the advent of the nation's uniquely terrifying car culture, probes the transformation of village life, and explores China's frantic industrialization.
Authors: Hessler, Peter, 1969-
Title: Country driving
a journey through China from farm to factory
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 438 p. :,maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Hessler
Notes: Paperback copies have subtitle: a Chinese road trip
Summary: In this penetrating narrative account, Hessler investigates China's lurch into modernity as he survives the advent of the nation's uniquely terrifying car culture, probes the transformation of village life, and explores China's frantic industrialization.
ISBN: 006180410X
9780061804106
0061804096
9780061804090
Branch Call Number: 303.48320951 H5879c 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Transportation, Automotive China China Description and travel
Topical Term: Transportation, Automotive
LCCN: 2009027502
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Aug 01, 2014
  • cheryllulu rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very vivid and funny! Great book

Jan 30, 2014
  • kenglish43 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a wonderful book. An adventurous journalist's travels through the vastness of a rapidly changing and industrializing China and his experiences living in a small village.

Jul 11, 2012
  • hollyheartsYA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this non-fiction title for my book club's April pick. The author travels all over China: along the Great Wall touching into Mongolia and Tibet, as well as around Beijing (settling in a small village named Sancha) and then to the south visiting factory towns. The first part of the book chronicles the Great Wall trips which really drew me into the writer's journey and it was easy to keep following him to the other places. Hessler's writing is very readable and flows easily between descriptions of beautiful landscape to business facts about China. The people he grows close to in these years come alive in his words and it added a very personal touch to the outer more national concerns he talks about. I did not know that much about contemporary China so I feel like I learned a lot while having a very nice reading experience. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in China. I might check out his other books as well, Oracle Bones and River Town, which are also about his travels in China.

Sep 26, 2011
  • frosty2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well written. But, I found the story line a bit stretched after page 45.....
have a glass of wine handy !

"In this travelogue/memoir/econ lesson, Hessler begins with an epic road trip across China, following the Great Wall, then he lives for a while in a mountain village. The final section focuses on a small factory town. Through the everyday lives of individuals, Hessler gives us a fascinating portrait of an ancient country hurtling into the 21st century, informed by his trademark wit and insight."
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Nov 27, 2010
  • toby1kenobi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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