yes, just like i would like to visit the grand canyon more than once. its an enjoyable journey
The book gave me a true feel of the Chinese countryside, and the adventure of travel.
just done very well.
we have all traveled this road at one point in time.
taxi driver says- enjoy the ride.
Rob Gifford does a phenomenal job with this book. He travels down the China Road talking and listening to the people he meets along the way. He talks to people standing on the corner, working in the fields, sitting on the bus - anywhere he has the opportunity. If they invite him to dinner or to a local activity, he goes. Then he relates the stories to us as if he's sitting at the dinner table with us - one great story after another. He expresses theories about why things are the way they are based on the country's history, while thankfully sparing us any judgements about right vs wrong. Toward the end, he seemed a tad weary of his travels and the pace slowed down, but not enough to diminish the 5 stars the book deserves.
This is a really great and still fairly relevant analysis of China. Also it is one of the most interesting travelogues I have ever read.
Whatever your current opinion is about the rise of China, be it a good thing or bad thing for America and Europe, this book will leave you with mixed emotions on the subject. As for me, I would love it if the whole world had plenty. The only problem is that if the whole world goes through the process needed to obtain plenty, there won't be much of the world left, afterwards.
It provides an alternate way to experience the book. Convenience, drive time, walking, etc.
Personal experiences shared and beautiful writing.
The constraints of time don't allow this luxury. I also don't like to absorb too much at once.
Tackling a theme for a book as complex as China requires an enormous about of skill and knowledge and most of all sensitive objective approach. While deciding to purchase this book, I was a little wary because I did not want to become overwhelmed with academic and generalized discussions on how China???s rise is imminent and threatening. As it turned out, however, the book was a very enlightening experience. Not only did it provide a great deal of insights into China, it boosted my fascination with the topic even more. The author shares his experiences of traveling on route 312 from Shanghai all the way to the Kazakhstan border. Many of those experiences include candid conversations - not interviews - with the myriad of everyday Chinese. It often felt like I was part of the conversations. The author, Rob Gifford, skillfully weaves Chinese history, politics, and culture into a comprehensive story that reads like fiction but is actually a primary account of his time there. He shares his personal views in a manner that is thoughtful and credible, which includes his appreciation, as well as abhorrence of various aspects of Chinese society today. Having never visited China and now desiring to go there even more so, I feel like I could visit China with some important insights gained from reading ???China Road???. The author???s skill with words brings the land and people right into the mind from the high energy bustle to the tranquil and serene. I highly recommend this book for just about anyone. It is an easy and delightful read.
I "read" this book over a little over a week. It is a road book with great insights into the culture, history, and politics of China. It is refreshing that the author shares his point of view after much musing as he travels. Rob Gifford is a great reporter and a fine thinker. Highly recommended.
Rob Gifford shares insight on China from years of experiences living in the Middle Kingdom. His East to West trip includes revealing anecdotes about the lives and values of Chinese people in various regions. He talks about his encounters with Chinese Amway entrepreneurs, muslim minorities, an abortion nurse and her assistant, AIDS whistle-blowers, long-haul truck drivers, a talk radio female star, and other intriguing types. The style is in line with the NPR reporting tone: it comes across as poised, respectful, but without much wit or intensity. Overall, a pleasant and revealing book. Gifford's prognostics at the end of his book are so far spot on. Four years after he wrote his book, several of the events he anticipated have happened, such as the peasant pushbacks and the tenuous financial balance with the real estate excesses.
The reading too is calm, but not monotonous at all -- a bit soothing, yet active enough to stay interesting. A clear delivery, clean recording, and a hint of a British accent.
I truly enjoyed this book and found it entertaining and painlessly educational. I could see it as a PBS series - and hope that I do. Gifford clearly has a love of China and its people. He's critical the aspects of China's government that are stifling to its citizenry, but his view that people are more alike than different, despite huge cultural dissimilarities, shines through this book. A note on the performance: though I found the reader good, his voice seemed much older than the author, a runner with a young family, must have been. Since the narrative was non-fiction and voiced in 1st person, the older voice took some getting used to.
As someone who lived in China I think Rob Gifford does a great job of giving the perspective of the average Chinese. This is one of a sadly small number of books that I would highly recommend both to someone passionately interested in the Middle Kingdom or someone with only a passing interest in this rising superpower.
As an Asian-American with Chinese heritage, I surely touched by this insightful "sea-people" author. He had expertly exposed the spyche of the Asian race. Our oppressive desire to be respected/expressive is constantly tampered by the practical reality of external constrains. IE, as an Asian in America or as a Chinese/Vietnamese in a communist regime. Well done... Thank you.
In audio format, however, it is hard to visually related to the mentioned locality/demographically. Hope your written book include some of that.Spell checkResume Words: 84 | Characters: 521
A large part of this book focuses on the author's travels through and past the Gobi desert as he follows a highway from East to West China. He has a number of encounters with Uyghurs, a population of Muslim Chinese whose plights and struggles rarely get mentioned in Western press. Gifford doesn't write a book about the Uyghurs, but rather integrates them into a larger narrative that depicts an expanding and hegemonistic Chinese future.