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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. 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 ago and yet many of the stories he tells are still lodged in my brain A man collapsing with exhaustion in a flowerbed after having a gash treated by a local uack a mother and daughter competing for the author s admiration with an impromptu fashion show his visit to Mao s childhood home One of the best stories appears very late in the book about an indomitable statuesue

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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. 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 a uote from Mr Thubron and we re done Now I don t often mention HF in these reviews on the grounds that she might object which is fair enough But she goes to China on university business regularly they have a campus in Ning Bo And once she told me that she had to go to a banuet a regular occurrence which is where you get given food you don t get a menu they just bring it to you And one of the dishes looked really weird and she didn t fancy it at all So she asked someone what it was and they said without batting an eye shredded deer s afterbirth There was a BBC news g

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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 engage with people and not beyond self deprec


10 thoughts on “Behind the Wall

  1. says:

    Brilliantly lovely engaging travel book about China before it became the roaring supercharged capitalist success s

  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 an

  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 is very knowledgable about China and its recent and ancient history He reports on observed details that I know I would have missed if I had been in his place And his writing is superb It's just that without a continuing s

  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 m

  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

  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 fearless and sensitive Thubron patiently and poetically describes the numerous landscapes and

  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 to school to the end that turned me into a one time philosopher Colin Thubron goes to China after the death of Chairman Mao after the Cultural Revolution and after Deng Xiopeng has introduced new reform through out the country Thubron tells us that he for the purpose of this trip has lea

  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 in this case he's

  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 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 Cult

  10. says:

    A fascinating and beautifully written account of a journey around China as it recovers from Chairman Mao’s policies the