I enjoyed the descriptions of the people and the culture from the perspective of an American living several years in China.
I love to read!
If you have never been to China, get ready! Peter will take you there! After reading Oracle Bones I quickly grabbed the other two. The performance was just the best also!
There's always time for reading
I thought this was a good book--well written, well read--but it was written back in the 90s. So much has changed in China in that time, as well as world politics, that I found it very outdated. Also, there's really very little about the Yangtze itself.
If I were doing over, I'd skip it and look for something more current.
Late '90s China through the eyes of an intelligent, thoughtful and disciplined Peace Corp volunteer who taught college English in Fu-Ling, China for 2 years. Never boring. Learned much about Chinese culture and the fears that keep it's people submissive and psychologically imprisoned.. We may all be a bit "imprisoned," but listening to this book made me grateful for our open society in its never ending search for solid truth.
The main problem of this book is that nothing ever happened. There is no story. No highlight. No climax. Just daily observations, almost like a child writing about his daily life. Also the fact that he wrote about his students diaries and essays in detail is quite troubling. Did his students know that he was going to write a book about them when they were taught by him? Doesn't that cross some ethical guideline?