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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze


When Peter Hessler went to China in the late 1990s, he expected to spend a couple of peaceful years teaching English in the town of Fuling on the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667
Ramona G

River Town

by Ramona G on Jan 3, 2013

I really enjoyed the intimate view this book offers into the lives of those in rural China, as well as what it is like to be a peace corps volunteer. In this book, Hessler offers a window into Chinese culture , history and thought processes. It is an excellent opportunity to understand how the Chinese view the US. Like any good teacher,Hessler gently pushes his students to expand their thought beyond the narrow boundaries of their lives. Hessler describes for us the experience of standing out in a crowd, something we rarely experience here in the US. I enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the foundations of life in China.


Enduring & growing on the Yangtze

by calo on Nov 11, 2007

I felt I was with Peter Hessler during his 2 year sojourn in Sichuan, China. It made me begin to learn to write Mandarin myself and think about dumplings as a separate entity. It was deep and thorough and told through understanding eyes but never forgetting that he wasn't a part of it, he was an American. He was a credit to the U.S. and I admired and envied his experience and often thought about the book when I wasn't even reading it.

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