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Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China | [Peter Hessler]

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today, the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people.
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Publisher's Summary

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today, the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes.

©2007 Peter Hessler (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A brilliant observer with a novelist’s ear for character and dialogue, Hessler is both fascinating and funny.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A remarkable travelogue documenting aspects of a country still little understood.” (Kirkus)

“Engaging.... Acutely observed, moving, frequently funny and a perspicacious X-ray of China’s zeitgeist.” (South China Morning Post)

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    What would have made Oracle Bones better?

    Narrator used an Irish accent to simulate a Chinese speaker, made this unbearable. I tried listening to more but it made me sick.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrator's fake accent.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Truly a bad accent...why have one at all?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    content may have had some accuracy, but, I couldn't listen to it anymore.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Biased"

    The author only look at one side of facts and dismiss all others. A very narrow view of the true civilization of the Chinese historical development and purport that none of the artifacts proved anything but the western biased perspective.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful
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