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10 thoughts on “Behind the Wall

  1. says:

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success story it is today Or has their capitalist dream gone bust too like ours? It's hard to keep up these daysTwo anecdotes from me and

  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

  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 book years a

  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

  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 fear

  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

  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

  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 Ca

  10. says:

    A fascinating and beautifully written account of a journey around China as it recovers from Chairman Mao’s policies the Cultural Revolution It is a book of poetry humanity and clear eyed observation

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Having learned Mandarin and travelling alone by foot bicycle and train Colin Thubron sets off on a 10000 mile journey from Beijing to Tibet starting from a trop. 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 Mating Flight 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

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Ity 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 comfortable high speed rain links Colin Thubron travelled the length and breadth of China in the mid 80s He writes about another planet a desperately poor country still putting itself back together after the disaster of the Cultural Revolution train carriages flecked in spittle and cigarette ash but slowly painfully slowly beginning to open up to the world As others have observed here Thubron lets his subjects do most of the talking He asks ordinary people simple uestions about their lives and with a bit of poetic flourish tells their stories He s erudite but eager to enga Green dog trumpet and other stories ve Identity visited China on numerous occasions since the late 90s I Cenote 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 about another planet a desperately poor country still putting itself back together after the disaster of the Cultural Revolution train carriages flecked in spittle and cigarette ash but slowly painfully slowly beginning to open up to the world As others have observed here Thubron lets his subjects do most of the talking He asks ordinary people simple uestions about their lives and with a bit of poetic flourish tells their stories He s erudite but eager to enga

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Ical 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 divers. 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 fearless and sensitive Thubron patiently and poetically describes the numerous landscapes and cities he sees during his months of travel the countless people he Encounters and most interestingly his own nuanced reactions and feelings towards them Being conversant in Mandarin circling China in fourth class railway carriages or by bus and staying in run down hostels and monasteries or sleeping rough Thubron is slowly easing into the Chinese mind set To t