Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Publish date: April 25th 2006
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
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, Asian Literature
From the tiny photo on the back cover of "Oracle Bones", Peter Hassler looks like a friend of mine, A., when I was at the university.One day, around 10 years ago, I met this fellow out of our "Media and communication" department and I told him that he should have tried doing some internship in order...
In some ways I enjoyed this more than Hessler's first China book, River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. Oracle Bones alternates between personal, historical, and political narratives that usefully reflect each other. It is often funny and frequently poignant. Read [i]River Town[/i] first.
(I suddenly realized, on reaching page 454, what it was about this book..., this author.... Though the writing is non-fiction, it was like reading Borges...)This is a beautiful, surprising, and stunningly good book -- much richer than one could imagine. For anyone interested in the context and tex...
Found it kinda boring.
Parts of this book I loved and parts I wasn’t interested in at all. Hessler wanders all over the place, talking to people in China, average people, oddball people. Hessler showed me things about China I’d never thought existed, including ethnic minorities and the slow economic changes occurring.