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Having learned Mandarin and travelling alone by foot bicycle and train Colin Thubron sets off on a mile journey from Beijing to Tibet starting from a tropical. 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

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Behind the Wall

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 diversit. A travelogue around China in mid 80s I think annoyingly it doesn t specify There are some wonderfully poetic passages and plenty of prosaic and disjointed encounters He does at least speak Mandarin

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Y a land whose still unmeasured resources strain to meet an awesome demand and an ancient people still reeling from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution. 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 co


10 thoughts on “Behind the Wall

  1. says:

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success

  2. says:

    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 unacceptable in a contemporary book about China

  3. says:

    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 He reports on observed details that I know I

  4. says:

    This is my favorite book about China and I've read uite a fewThubron 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 Where a lesser writer might have written To the Southwest or Guangxi and Yunnan Thubron writes In the Land of Peacocks which is infinitely vividI read this boo

  5. says:

    A travelogue around China in mid 80s I think annoyingly it doesn't specify There are some wonderfully poetic passages and plenty of prosaic and disjointed encounters He does at least speak Mandarin so was able to talk to real people relatively easily and seemed good at picking out interesting ones He covered much of the

  6. says:

    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 earns the accolade travel writer erudite fe

  7. says:

    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 after Deng Xiopeng has introduced new reform through out the country Thubron tells us that he for the purpose of this trip has learned Mandarin Chinese

  8. says:

    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 touringHe is in Nanjing I think on Page 101 when he makes an ill fated call on the family of an acua

  9. says:

    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 China in the mid 80s He writes a

  10. says:

    A fascinating and beautifully written account of a journey around China as it recovers from Chairman Mao’s pol

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