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The Resource River town : two years on the Yangtze, Peter Hessler

River town : two years on the Yangtze, Peter Hessler

Label
River town : two years on the Yangtze
Title
River town
Title remainder
two years on the Yangtze
Statement of responsibility
Peter Hessler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the heart of China's Sichuan province lies the small city of Fuling. Surrounded by the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, Fuling has long been a place of continuity, far from the bustling political centers of Beijing and Shanghai. But now Fuling is heading down a new path, and gradually, along with scores of other towns in this vast and ever-evolving country, it is becoming a place of change and vitality, tension and reform, disruption and growth. As the people of Fuling hold on to the China they know, they are also opening up and struggling to adapt to a world in which their fate is uncertain." "Fuling's position at the crossroads came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1996, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. He found himself teaching English and American literature at the local college, discovering how Shakespeare and other classics look when seen through the eyes of students who have been raised in the Sichuan countryside and educated in Communist Party doctrine. His students, though, are the ones who taught him about the ways of Fuling - and about the complex process of understanding that takes place when one is immersed in a radically different society." "As he learns the language and comes to know the people, Hessler begins to see that it is indeed a unique moment for Fuling. In its past is Communist China's troubled history - the struggles of land reform, the decades of misguided economic policies, and the unthinkable damage of the Cultural Revolution - and in the future is the Three Gorges Dam, which upon completion will partly flood the city and force the resettlement of more than a million people. Making his way in the city and traveling by boat and train throughout Sichuan province and beyond, Hessler offers vivid descriptions of the people he meets, from priests to prostitutes and peasants to professors, and gives voice to their views. This is both an intimate personal story of his life in Fuling and a colorful, beautifully written account of the surrounding landscape and its history. Imaginative, poignant, funny, and utterly compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that, much like China itself, is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hessler, Peter
Dewey number
915.1/38
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS796.F855
LC item number
H47 2001
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hessler, Peter
  • Fuling (Sichuan Sheng, China)
Label
River town : two years on the Yangtze, Peter Hessler
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
PART I: Downstream --The city --Shakespeare with Chinese characteristics -- Raise the Flag Mountain -- Running -- The White Crane Ridge --The dam -- The Wu River -- Opium Wars --White Flat Mountain --Storm -- PART II: Summer -- The priest -- Chinese life --The restaurant owner -- Money -- The teacher -- Chinese New Year -- The land -- Spring again -- The river -- Upstream
Control code
45103069
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
402 pages
Isbn
9780060195441
Lccn
00049872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
Label
River town : two years on the Yangtze, Peter Hessler
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
PART I: Downstream --The city --Shakespeare with Chinese characteristics -- Raise the Flag Mountain -- Running -- The White Crane Ridge --The dam -- The Wu River -- Opium Wars --White Flat Mountain --Storm -- PART II: Summer -- The priest -- Chinese life --The restaurant owner -- Money -- The teacher -- Chinese New Year -- The land -- Spring again -- The river -- Upstream
Control code
45103069
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
402 pages
Isbn
9780060195441
Lccn
00049872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps

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