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S he encounters the essence of China its history and politics its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places This is travel writing at its best lively informative and thoroughly enchanting. Fabulous fascinating once of the most in depth intriguing travelogues I have read If one day someone asks me if I ve traveled the Yangtze and I accidentally answer oh yes well this book is the cause Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark he encounters the essence of China its I Love You Almost Always history and politics its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places This is travel writing at its best lively informative and thoroughly enchanting. Fabulous fascinating once of the most in depth intriguing travelogues I Gloom Town have read If one day someone asks me if I ve traveled the Yangtze and I accidentally answer oh yes well this book is the cause

REVIEW The River at the Center of the World A Journey Up the Yangtze Back in Chinese Time

The River at the Center of the World A Journey Up the Yangtze Back in Chinese Time

T Shanghai it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in history to sense the soul of China and Simon Winchester takes us along with him a. Inspired by Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi River by Wang Hui a 53 foot long scroll painting Winchester decides to travel from mouth to source of the Yangtze River a journey of some 3900 milesThe trip was undertaken mid 90 s which is relevant for the water levels and accessibility of the river as the Three gorges Dam was partly constructed but at this point only uite lowWell written and kept at an enjoyable pace the intent was the further up the river he travelled the further back in history the story would delve It sort of worked out that was but of course the story was influenced by the geographyHe does a fine job of briefly telling some of the history of the region and of China in general and does a good job of explaining the often complex situations in a readable and understandable wayThis like most of his other travel works is a success for meprobably his best along with Krakatoa Love is Blind has also Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch history to sense the soul of China and Simon Winchester takes us along with Catching Fire he travelled the further back in The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) history the story would delve It sort of worked out that was but of course the story was influenced by the geographyHe does a fine job of briefly telling some of the The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, history of the region and of China in general and does a good job of explaining the often complex situations in a readable and understandable wayThis like most of Incubus his other travel works is a success for meprobably The Sharpe Companion The Early Years his best along with Krakatoa

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Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border the Yangtze River the symbolic heart of China pierces 3900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China's heartland cities with the volatile coastal gian. At over 3900 miles long the Yangtze is the river that divides China South of the river is the rice growing part of China and north of it wheat is grown But this divide also brings together the nation as it supports millions of people livelihoods and hold the keys to some of China s earliest archaeology and historyStarting at the mouth of the river in the city of Shanghai Winchester and his companion Lily travel through a series of landscapes that are stark polluted varied and at times utterly beautiful Traveling by boat on the river for a lots of the journey he describes the people that he meets the landscapes he sees and writes about the changes that this river will suffer at the hand of manHe is not scared to write critically of the Chinese government in particular about the horrendous treatment of the Tibetan people when he reaches the headwaters of the river But throughout the book he tells of the people that make this country uniue and such a rich assault on the senses


10 thoughts on “The River at the Center of the World A Journey Up the Yangtze Back in Chinese Time

  1. says:

    At over 3900 miles long the Yangtze is the river that divides China South of the river is the rice growing part of China

  2. says:

    This was a disappointing book Like the tributaries of the Yangtze multiple disciplines feed into the narrative geography geology sociology politics commerce and history Winchester admits at the outset that he had difficulty finding a unifying theme for his ungainly collection of material Like the irregular rapids and cur

  3. says:

    I read a previous book by this author which I enjoyed so I decided to try another and I'm glad I did He travels up the Yangt

  4. says:

    For someone who lived in Hong Kong for years speaks Mandarin and wrote this 400 page tome about his voyage up the length of the Yangtze author Simon Winchester doesn't like China very much He sees Shanghai as a crassly commercial whorehouse Wuhan as too polluted Chonging as ugly and most of the villages he encounters sualid Yet he excoriates an Italian expatriate living in central China who like him seems to hate the pl

  5. says:

    Inspired by Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi River by Wang Hui a 53 foot long scroll painting Winchester decides to travel from mouth to source of the Yangtze River a journey of some 3900 milesThe trip was undertaken

  6. says:

    I’m not always a fan of Winchester’s style but this book remains my favorite in his extensive bibliography Drawn to the beauty of

  7. says:

    I wanted to punch this author repeatedly over the course of the book Two stars only because it had a lot of good information but I’ll never be reading another Simon Winchester book again Freaking jerk

  8. says:

    Fabulous fascinating once of the most in depth intriguing travelogues I have read If one day someone asks me if

  9. says:

    Terrific book his travel writing is uite funny in a dry British way and the history is well presented with only a few patches to skim through

  10. says:

    Simon Winchester is one of my favorite authors especially his geological themed ones Krakatoa The Map that Changed the World and Crack in the E

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