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Oracle Bones

A Journey Between China's Past and Present

By Peter Hessler

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  • Published in USA  May 2006,
    512 pages.

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A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. That sense of time -- the contrast between past and present, and the rhythms that emerge in a vast, ever-evolving country -- is brilliantly illuminated by Peter Hessler in Oracle Bones, a book that explores the human side of China's transformation.

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"Starred review. There's little information available in China, we learn, but Hessler gets the stories that no one talks about and delivers them in a personal study that informs, entertains and mesmerizes. Everyone in the Western world should read this book." - PW.
"He is deeply informed and writes with exceptional lucidity, choosing vivid, specific local topics whose broad significance he expertly shows." - Library Journal.
"A remarkable travelogue documenting aspects of a country still little understood." - Kirkus.

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Rated 2 of 5 of 5 by ed
Oracle Bones
Confusing and un-educating

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Peter Hessler Author Biography

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 Book Prize, and Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting.

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