River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (Paperback)

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In the late 1990s Peter Hessler, a teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, was sent to Fuling, China, a small city on the Yangtze River. Among the most surprising and fascinating aspects of this account of his two-year stay are his interactions with the students and their adherence to the party line, and his dealings with the ever-curious and often suspicious townspeople. I highly recommend this book to anyone with China on their itinerary. ~ Ann

— From Ann


A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the Kiriyama Book Prize

In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society.

Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060855024
ISBN-10: 0060855029
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 1st, 2006
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: P.S.