River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
A New York Times Notable Book
Winner of the Kiriyama Book Prize
In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society.
Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pbjwelch - LibraryThing
We're in a generation when we all have dozens of friends who are living and working in China, in small towns or large cities, teaching English, but there is something about Peter Hessler's book that ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - aront - LibraryThing
Good: Hessler does a good job of describing the character of the people he meets and the complexity of their lives. Those stories are all interesting, funny and often touching. Bad: Hessler is an ... Read full review
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