Behind the Wall Summary By Colin Thubron


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  • Behind the Wall
  • Colin Thubron
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  • 16 March 2019
  • 9780140109917

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Behind the Wall Free download ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 Black Blue #3 off The Moe Manifesto on a 10000 mile journey from Beijing to Tibet starting from a trop. Interesting but dated view Positive Church in a Negative World of China as seen through the eyes Prince Philip Revealed of a British traveller in the 1980 s Not Toad of Toad Hall 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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Behind the Wall Free download ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 the extent of beginning to accept even the atrocities of the Cultural Revolution as a given a fascinating and somewhat chilling experience as he duly notes

Summary Behind the Wall

Behind the Wall Free download ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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. 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 touringHe is in Nanjing I think on Page 101 when he makes an ill fated call on the family of an acuaintance from Beijing Here s a glimpse of what happens I had always conceived of the Chinese family as a stereotype of unity and closeness But soon I realised that the war between mother in law and daughter in law was being waged in iron silences Compared to the old couple conservative parents Hua was the daughter of a once discredited bourgeoisie voluble raw overbearingThe Suzhou girl was unorthodox too She could scarcely bear the sight of her own three year old son an electric urchin with a sprout of chimney brush hair The cliches of family unity were dropping dead about me a mother who hated her son a niece who despised her aunt a domineering daughter in lawIt gets worse After a dreadful meal he agrees to go to the home of Hua the daughter in law He spends the night there in the company of three females Hua her 88 year old mother and a 13 year old named Yulong who isn t directly related to either of the others All three appear to be hitting on him in one way or another The mother is the most likable of the three but that s not saying much I don t like living here the old woman said Yulong is always weeping and complaining I hate her The people she hated were many Her eldest daughter had divorced and this had rankled for years It was proof that the world was rotting Such things weren t done by my generation That man still comes to visit me at the New Year Festival I don t know why She stared bitterly at the window I hate himAnother recurrent theme in Thubron books is that sooner or later someone asks him why he isn t married This is refreshing for me because in the polite culture in which I live no one asks that uestion but they are thinking it Hence it s good to know that even a great writer like Thubron has a tough time with the uestion This is from Page 242 She began feeling sorry for me She was boiling noodles on a little stove Why aren t you marriedI had not the English let alone the Mandarinto answer thisThe worst thing I can say about Behind the Wall is that it was written in 1987 Given the enormous rate of change in China the book is unavoidably dated if you re reading it now At least I hope it is China doesn t come across as an inviting placeOn the other hand the Cultural Revolution was still a somewhat fresh memory when Thubron was traveling for this book I never realized before reading this how horrible the Cultural Revolution really was It was unimaginably horribleThubron s travel books are unimaginably good Reading them is a delight from cover to cover