Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter HesslerCountry Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler

Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

byPeter Hessler

Paperback | February 8, 2011

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One of The Economist's Best Books of the Year

From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy on the human side of the economic revolution in China.

Peter Hessler, whom the Wall Street Journal calls "one of the Western world's most thoughtful writers on modern China," deftly illuminates the vast, shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that, having once built walls against foreigners, is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside world.

Peter Hessler is a staff writer atThe New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer forNational Geographic. He is the author ofRiver Town, which won the Kiriyama Prize;Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently,Country Driving. He wo...
Title:Country Driving: A Chinese Road TripFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:February 8, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006180410X

ISBN - 13:9780061804106

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent travel book I read this book while in Shanghai, and it certainly made the experience traversing through China that much more vivid. Highly recommended for a vacation read.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Travel Literature One of the best travel book I’ve read. It has less to do about driving a car in China and more about family and work, thanks to the author’s access to the personal stories of a few individuals. As these accounts unfold we can measures the changes in village life and the working world in just a few years. The author’s bafflement and appreciation of the Chinese character is a main theme, as is its formation by a system which is unpredictable and not based on formal rules; small social favors morph into corruption. As for the title theme, after reading this book I would not recommend driving in the country, at least not now.
Date published: 2011-02-22

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“Exceptionally moving. . . . Hilarious. . . . An absolutely terrific book, at once highly entertaining and deeply instructive. . . . Country Driving is a wonderful book about China that also happens to be a terrific book about the human race.