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I played this while driving with others, thinking it would have the broadest appeal. In that it was very successful. However, when one loves an author, one tends to devour his or her work and I found I'd heard most of these stories already in shorter forms in The New Yorker.
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This series of experiences shared in one book are a very enjoyable way to learn about China and some of the Chinese people encountered at a time when there is a great change in their country.
The narration is Fantastic! because George Backman speaks the Chinese names in Chinese, so it is a fascinating listen to hear a sentence start off in English, break into the Chinese name pronounced authentically, and resume in English.
Peter Hessler lived in China many years, speaks the language, and lived in neighborhoods where he was the only foreigner. His experiences with neighbors, businesses, authorities, and with other non-Chinese people living, working or studying in China are really interesting and sometimes funny and poignant.
The book also includes his move back to the US west, and readjustment to American society and people. Which is also an interesting point of view and also a bit humorous.
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