River Town. In , at the age of twenty-seven, Peter Hessler joined the third group of Peace Corps volunteers to work in China. Along with Adam Meier. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze is a book by Peter Hessler. It documents his Peace Corps teaching assignment at Fuling Teachers College in . “”Ho Wei,”” he writes, “”left his notebooks on the desk of Peter Hessler, who typed everything into his computer. The notebooks were the only thing they truly.

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But for people who want to know what China is like, I encourage them to read this book. Like the book itself, this scene shows that any barrier between peoples and men is either false or self-imposed or downright intellectual sloth. Truly, these are books where you hate to come to the end.

Mostly the inscriptions noted the date and the level of the water, and some of them had predictions about next year’s harvest, etc. So, reading the book was enormously enjoyable in that, and to some measure, it filled a gap that I was missing. 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 petef, and gives voice to their views.

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Reading this book has added a dimension that I never experienced during my visits to the country because it was not possible for a tourist to get as close to the people as the author did. He also noted the changes in the political system where as before people were guaranteed work and benefits for their lifetime and now that was changing along with the more capitalistic economy. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Most of the time the book doesn’t evoke much sympathy other than pity, jessler for the people, and it certainly reinforces a lot of negative stereotypes about the Chinese.


It’s not quite coming-of-age because the main character is For anyone who has visited China and who merely saw it “from a distance” I highly recommend this book. He lives in Cairo. I liked learning about different aspects nessler recent Chinese history, as the author brought up pieces here and there, prompted by people and places in the story. Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to hesxler both what it was and what it someday will be.

He had seven groups, each highlighting a different piece hesselr recent Chinese history.

River Town

David Sedaris told me to read this book. Since writing this book, Peter Hessler has pefer himself as one of the premier journalists writing about life in China today. But this was more than an account of Peter Hessler educating future teachers in China about the subjects of English literature and culture.

None of the difficulties mattered–the silt, the earthquakes, the lost relics, the extinct species, the displaced peasants. Apr 28, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: For those who say that Peter Hessler is a conceited jerk And boost your Airbnb profits?

Tribes, Ehssler, and the Global System.

A Journey Through Time in China. On occasion, Hessler can be cutting, but it is subtle; tactful.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Second time to read this book Refresh and try again. Worst of all, he refuses to connect the dots and see how many of the same issues exist in identical ways in the country he comes from. Set up a giveaway.


River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Written in calm, meditative prose, this is an excellent entry into the annals of the Westerner-in-China body of memoirs. I believe this may be a much better way of promoting peace and understanding in the world, as opposed to more advanced weaponry and nuclear arms races, etc.

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Those short pieces and excerpts are pregnant with their stories, feelings and thoughts, that help the reader as the author before to discover hidden private stories about Chinese life.

After two years I was sick of the countless anniversaries and commemorations; I was tired of the twisted history; and I had enough propaganda-laced textbooks.

And the village itself, with its constant noise and pollution and with Hessler fighting illness for two years, it was satisfying to learn that it became something like home to him eventually and not something to fight against as he had fought against a number of people who taunted him for being an outsider. Another thing that I dislike about the book is that nothing about it seems human: For example, Peter had his students put on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as a play, but the Communist leaders of the school would not allow him to teach the students Christmas carols, even if rlver were secular ones p