Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China

Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China

Having learned Mandarin, and travelling alone by foot, bicycle and train, Colin Thubron sets off on a 10,000 mile journey from Beijing to Tibet, starting from a tropical paradise near the Burmese border to the windswept wastes of the Gobi desert and the far end of the Great Wall. What Thubron reveals is an astonishing diversity, a land whose still unmeasured resources stra Having learned Mandarin, and travelling alone by foot, bicycle and train, Colin Thubron sets off on a 10,000 mile journey...

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Title:Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China
Author:Colin Thubron
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Genres:Travel
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China Reviews

  • John
    Jan 10, 2011

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

  • Paul Bryant
    Oct 26, 2007

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

  • SP
    Oct 02, 2007

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

  • Cecily
    May 30, 2008

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

  • Katarzyna
    Aug 11, 2018

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

    To every body who like good reading and an amazing twist in travelling story telling. That's one of my loved. I shall read it on more time next year. ...

    I like his style of writing. He makes the place come alive with his discriptive narratives about the scenary, the background history and the people he meets and sees. At times, you feel like you are "part of his journey ", whilst fully aware that his experiences are more than ju...

    Though thirty years had passed since this book was first published it still has a lot of offer to the reader. To start, Colin Thubron has a style of writing that makes all his books easy to read. His descriptions and characterisation are in the right dosage to get a sense of a person a...

    I gave up after three chapters. There is a lot if interesting information about China's history and society but the author's writing prevents me from continuing reading the book. Not only does he use incredibly pretentious and complicated language to describe simple things, he also pro...

  • Maja
    Nov 11, 2011

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

  • Billpilgrim
    Oct 02, 2014

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

  • Alex Walker
    Jun 11, 2017

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

    To every body who like good reading and an amazing twist in travelling story telling. That's one of my loved. I shall read it on more time next year. ...

    I like his style of writing. He makes the place come alive with his discriptive narratives about the scenary, the background history and the people he meets and sees. At times, you feel like you are "part of his journey ", whilst fully aware that his experiences are more than ju...

    Though thirty years had passed since this book was first published it still has a lot of offer to the reader. To start, Colin Thubron has a style of writing that makes all his books easy to read. His descriptions and characterisation are in the right dosage to get a sense of a person a...

    I gave up after three chapters. There is a lot if interesting information about China's history and society but the author's writing prevents me from continuing reading the book. Not only does he use incredibly pretentious and complicated language to describe simple things, he also pro...

    Colin Thubron, once again, has written another great travel book. No glam or glitz - more harsh and grit. Taking you into the Chinese society outside the main cities speaking to the peasants and and working class. Great writing! ...

  • Filip
    Oct 22, 2017

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

  • Deborah
    Nov 15, 2017

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

    To every body who like good reading and an amazing twist in travelling story telling. That's one of my loved. I shall read it on more time next year. ...

    I like his style of writing. He makes the place come alive with his discriptive narratives about the scenary, the background history and the people he meets and sees. At times, you feel like you are "part of his journey ", whilst fully aware that his experiences are more than ju...

  • Edgar
    Oct 29, 2012

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

    To every body who like good reading and an amazing twist in travelling story telling. That's one of my loved. I shall read it on more time next year. ...

    I like his style of writing. He makes the place come alive with his discriptive narratives about the scenary, the background history and the people he meets and sees. At times, you feel like you are "part of his journey ", whilst fully aware that his experiences are more than ju...

    Though thirty years had passed since this book was first published it still has a lot of offer to the reader. To start, Colin Thubron has a style of writing that makes all his books easy to read. His descriptions and characterisation are in the right dosage to get a sense of a person a...

    I gave up after three chapters. There is a lot if interesting information about China's history and society but the author's writing prevents me from continuing reading the book. Not only does he use incredibly pretentious and complicated language to describe simple things, he also pro...

    Colin Thubron, once again, has written another great travel book. No glam or glitz - more harsh and grit. Taking you into the Chinese society outside the main cities speaking to the peasants and and working class. Great writing! ...

    This book, as well as being an interesting travelogue, provides a valuable historical perspective on China after emerging from its 20th century nightmare, the Cultural Revolution, not to mention The Great Leap Forward that preceded it - which caused 35 million to starve to death. Co...

  • Aliaksandr
    Dec 01, 2016

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

    To every body who like good reading and an amazing twist in travelling story telling. That's one of my loved. I shall read it on more time next year. ...

  • Always Pink
    Aug 07, 2016

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

  • Richard McGeough
    Dec 23, 2016

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

  • Justin Gaynor
    Sep 05, 2015

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

  • Rachel Lofthouse
    May 31, 2018

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...

    I've been reading this book on and off, now and then, over a long period. I finally decided to just finish it. It's not that I didn't like the book. It is excellent, really. Thubron is a very observant outsider, and he is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history...

    A travelogue around China, in mid 80s, I think (annoyingly, it doesn't specify). There are some wonderfully poetic passages, and plenty of more prosaic and disjointed encounters. He does at least speak Mandarin, so was able to talk to "real" people relatively easily and seemed good at ...

    When I first opened this book, I was afraid a 30-year-old tome would perhaps not be worth the effort and time. What could Colin Thubron possibly write about China and the Chinese that was still relevant today? But I was soon reassured and highly impressed - here's a man who really earn...

    Interesting but dated view of China as seen through the eyes of a British traveller in the 1980's. Not only has the country changed enormously since then, but also the way the West looks at China. The condescension and borderline racist statements by the author would be strange and una...

    I was completely and utterly taken in by this book. From he first little annecdote that had me laughing aloud on the trainway to school to the end that turned me into a one-time-philosopher. Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao, after the Cultural Revolution and ...

    One thing I've noticed in the four Colin Thubron books I've read so far, all involving travel somewhere in Asia, is that he seems to have a knack for discovering the most unpleasant people in whatever country -- China, in this case -- he's touring. He is in Nanjing, I think, on Page 1...

    This is my favorite book about China, and I've read quite a few. Thubron is an endlessly sympathetic narrator as he travels through 'classical' China, befriending people along the way and extracting their stories. His masterly writing style is evident even in his chapter headings: W...

    I've visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s. I've watched the downtown areas of its cities morph into malls full of Chanel and Cartier, and its inter-city travel become a network of comfortable high-speed rain links. Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of Chi...

    Not cheerful book. But then, China in the '80s was not a cheerful book. If you must, Mr Thubron's travelogue is as good as any - sensitive, intelligent and well-written. ...

    To every body who like good reading and an amazing twist in travelling story telling. That's one of my loved. I shall read it on more time next year. ...

    I like his style of writing. He makes the place come alive with his discriptive narratives about the scenary, the background history and the people he meets and sees. At times, you feel like you are "part of his journey ", whilst fully aware that his experiences are more than ju...

    Though thirty years had passed since this book was first published it still has a lot of offer to the reader. To start, Colin Thubron has a style of writing that makes all his books easy to read. His descriptions and characterisation are in the right dosage to get a sense of a person a...

  • Ettore1207
    Aug 03, 2017

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today. (Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too, like ours? It's hard to keep up these days!) Two anecdotes from me and a quote from Mr Thubron and we're ...

    Pubblicato in lingua originale nel 1987 e in lingua italiana nel 2001 (con colpevole ritardo) è oggi un libro datato, poiché in trent'anni in Cina di cose ne sono successe, e tante. Ho l'impressione che l'autore tenda a guardare le cose dall'alto della sua "civiltà" anglosassone, ...