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By Marcie on 10-31-10
I purchased this book after hearing the author interviewed on NPR by Leonard Lopate. There was something about him that intrigued me. And the book did not disppoint, though it was different to what I expected. This is a story about an intriguing character, Larry, his cousin, the author and how they take control of the situation to save Larry's life.
It's an account of their journey and the people they meet along the way. It's also about some of the ways that the people of China differ from the people of the West, and also how connections are made in spite of the differences. Often funny, I would recommend this book if just because Larrys are rare these days. He so reminds me of my father's generation, absolutely untouched by "political correctness" or deference. Larry makes no apologies for being who he is, and he is in many ways reprehensible. But why do I like him so much? Why did I root for him to succeed and survive? Please, listen to it and tell me!
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