Country Driving a Chinese Road Trip - Peter Hessler

Country Driving a Chinese Road Trip - Peter Hessler

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Delightful. . . . Epic. . . . The reporting in "Country Driving" is impressive in its scope. . . . Hessler delivers eloquent disquisitions on everything from how to buy a used car in China to the history of the Mongol conquest. --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times"

The best yet from Peter Hessler, whose two earlier books, "River Town" and "Oracle Bones", were exemplary forays into the genre. . . . Told with his characteristic blend of empathy, insight, and self-deprecating humor. --"Time"

If you want to understand today s China, and the forces changing it, you need to read "Country Driving". --"The Huffington Post"

A fascinating road trip through a land in transition. . . . Hessler s description of China s new drivers is hilarious. . . . "Country Driving" tells us as much about contemporary China even when Hessler is not on the road. --"The Christian Science Monitor"

Peter Hessler, a modern Marco Polo crossing China in a rented Jeep Cherokee, has witnessed signs and wonders worthy of a Coen brothers film. . . . Every so often, I read a book that upends my perceptions about a place. This is one of them. --"Bloomberg News"

Hessler s genius has always been in his wry commentary and ability to transcribe the rhythms of his environment onto the page. . . . From this cast of thousands emerges a picture of great hopes tinged with sadness at what is being cast aside without second thought. --"The Wall Street Journal"

Lively. . . . Engaging. . . . Hessler sets out with some suspect maps and a great deal of bravado. . . . He shows the effects China s ever expanding network of roads exerts on individual lives. . . . Hessler [has an] irresistible urge to follow a story. --"The New York Times Book Review"

Hessler has made a career of interpreting contemporary China and, for my money, nobody does it better. . . . Hessler is a magnificent guide to this largely uncharted territory, witty, insightful, keenly aware of the ironies of this communist-capitalist society. --"The Minneapolis Star Tribune"

Hessler is a keen observer of mind-catching details and an engaging storyteller. . . . Full of exotic detail, solid reporting, and ironic observation, "Country Driving" offers a personal snapshot of the world s second superpower hurtling through the 21st century. --"The Boston Globe"