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I really enjoyed this book. Alan did a good job of narrating his own story and it was fun when he interspersed music from his China band, "Woody Alan." This is a fun story if you want to know a little more about contemporary China, what its like to be an ex-pat in China, and what its like to be the band leader for the "Best Band in Beijing." Well written, thoughtful, and fun.
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I just returned from yet another stay in China (2 months this time) and I had the chance to listen to Big In China by Alan Paul.
He does an incredible job in depicting life in China with the various nuances and customs. people and behavior that he writes about. I love it over there and can relate to everything that he writes about from the 'Beijing Cough" and not being able to see the sun for days on end because of the smog and pollution, to toddlers with the split open back end pants that are at the ready for a squat or pee anywhere, anytime.
I'm vegetarian, so I was able to convince my hosts that I wasn't going to eat the awfully strange meats on the table that made their rounds in front of me, but, I witnessed everyone else eating who knows what!
If you haven't been to China... go!
If you can't make it, then at least listen to Alan Paul's great book, Big in China.
Was looking forward to this book - I love books on travel and China but this one just did not deliver. I thought it would be about living and working in China but it's not. It's about the author who apparently is famous in China, he goes on about his music career and such but nothing much about China. If you know him and his music it might appeal to you but if like me you know nothing about him then forget it! I found it a bit boring so sorry but it's a thumbs down from me.