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Peter Hessler

Autor(a) de River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

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About the Author

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Prize; Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; mostrar mais and, most recently, Country Driving. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting, and he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. He lives in Cairo. mostrar menos

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Associated Works

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contribuidor — 527 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 236 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 224 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 212 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 210 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 182 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China (2013) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Chinese sentiment (2011) — Introdução — 6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Columbia, Missouri, USA
Fuling, China
Cairo, Egypt
Princeton University
University of Oxford (Mansfield College)
Hickman High School
travel writer
Chang, Leslie T (wife)
The New Yorker
Peace Corps
Prémios e menções honrosas
Rhodes Scholarship

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Peter Hessler joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2000. He is the magazine’s correspondent in the People’s Republic of China, where he has lived since 1996. His Letter from China articles have included features on the basketball player Yao Ming, a Shenzhen factory worker, and a rural family in the grip of a medical crisis. He has also written about being robbed on the border between China and North Korea, the Mongolian Presidential elections, and the Three Gorges Dam.



Man, I am on a run of good books! This is basically a travelogue and Hessler does a great job of teasing out the meeting points between different cultures, not always harmonious. Put me in mind of my own travels to SE Asia at nineteen years old. I was such a jackass and lacked a lot of the skills that would have made for more fulfilling travel.
BBrookes | 51 outras críticas | Nov 16, 2023 |
This is a nonfiction account of a Peace Corps volunteer's time in China. I did not feel particularly engaged in his experience. As much as I love the Orient, this book did not make me want to visit there.
BookConcierge | 51 outras críticas | Jul 19, 2023 |
I’ve never been to China. After reading the first book in Peter Hessler’s trilogy that chronicles his experiences as an American living in China on the cusp of the 21st century, I now understand that China is so massive geographically that there is no one China. A common history binds the culture, but the social conventions and language can differ depending on where you are.

River Town is about the two years Hessler taught English in Fuling, a remote city in Sichuan in the mountainous center of the nation. As part of the earliest cadre of Peace Corps volunteers to enter China in the 1990s, Hessler was assigned to a small teacher’s college. Most of his students were peasants’ children, and the opportunity to teach school was an honorable advancement for them.

The students were diligent and well-behaved, but Hessler and his fellow volunteer, Adam, made plenty of missteps inside and outside the classroom. The pair learn the local Chinese dialect, make friends in town, and feel like they belong there. But unfolding events prove their confidence and comfort are premature.

I enjoyed this peek into Chinese society in the 1990s. With the newly opened economy, the country only recently allowed outside influences in, and the clash between the cultures was very real. But so was the humanity both sides displayed.

Hessler covers too much ground to examine in a short review. He was there while the nation built the Three Gorges Dam and lamented the imminent loss of the area’s beautiful landscapes. But he celebrates the kindnesses and honesty of the residents while denigrating the government propaganda that kept them under control. River Town is a wonderful book for anyone who genuinely enjoys a “slice of life” look at a particular place and time.
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Library_Lin | 51 outras críticas | Jul 5, 2023 |
pollycallahan | 19 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2023 |



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