The River At The Center Of The World PDF/EPUB ´ The

The River At The Center Of The World PDF/EPUB ´ The Rising from the mountains of the Tibetan border, the river that is the symbolic heart of China courses through , miles of rugged country before emerging into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China s heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, the Yangtze has throughout history also linked China to the outside world through its nearly , miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China, and Simon Winchester takes us with him as he encounters the essence of the nation its history and politics, its geography and climate He engages with the country s culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places Winchester recalls his passionate exploration of the countryside employing nearly every mode of transportation, including boat, train, jeep and shoe leather while providing important and engaging historical information This is travel writing at its best lively, informative and thoroughly enchanting


10 thoughts on “The River At The Center Of The World

  1. Paul Paul says:

    At over 3900 miles long the Yangtze is the river that divides China South of the river is the rice growing part of China, and north of it wheat is grown But this divide also brings together the nation, as it supports millions of people livelihoods, and hold the keys to some of China s earliest archaeology and history.Starting at the mouth of the river in the city of Shangha


  2. Nigel Nigel says:

    I read a previous book by this author which I enjoyed so I decided to try another and I m glad I did He travels up the Yangtze in this from the ocean to close to its source a bit short of 4000 miles He uses various forms of transport and the travels are interesting However this is not really a travel book per se This is fara journey through China s history really I d confess to b


  3. Ms.pegasus Ms.pegasus says:

    This was a disappointing book Like the tributaries of the Yangtze, multiple disciplines feed into the narrative geography, geology, sociology, politics, commerce and history Winchester admits at the outset that he had difficulty finding a unifying theme for his ungainly collection of material Like the irregular rapids and currents, my interest was engaged only intermittently Winchester


  4. Daren Daren says:

    Inspired by Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi River by Wang Hui, a 53 foot long scroll painting, Winchester decides to travel from mouth to source of the Yangtze River, a journey of some 3900 miles.The trip was undertaken mid 90 s which is relevant for the water levels and accessibility of the river, as the Three gorges Dam was partly constructed, but at this point only quite low.Well written, a


  5. Jodi Ettenberg Jodi Ettenberg says:

    I m not always a fan of Winchester s style, but this book remains my favorite in his extensive bibliography Drawn to the beauty of Ten thousand li, a stunning 53 foot scroll by Wang Hui, Winchester decides to delve deeper into the massive Yangtze for his next book He works his way along the length of the river in reverse, from its mouth at the South China Sea to the looming plateaus of Tibet where


  6. Frederic Kerr Frederic Kerr says:

    For someone who lived in Hong Kong for years, speaks Mandarin and wrote this 400 page tome about his voyage up the length of the Yangtze, author Simon Winchester doesn t like China very much He sees Shanghai as a crassly commercial whorehouse , Wuhan as too polluted, Chongqing as ugly and most of the villages he encounters, squalid Yet he excoriates an Italian expatriate living in central China who, lik


  7. Carter K Delloro Carter K Delloro says:

    I wanted to punch this author repeatedly over the course of the book Two stars only because it had a lot of good information, but I ll never be reading another Simon Winchester book again Freaking jerk.


  8. Jamie Jamie says:

    Fabulous, fascinating once of the most in depth, intriguing travelogues I have read If one day someone asks me if I ve traveled the Yangtze, and I accidentally answer, oh yes, well, this book is the cause.


  9. John John says:

    Terrific book his travel writing is quite funny, in a dry British way, and the history is well presented, with only a few patches to skim through.


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Simon Winchester is one of my favorite authors, especially his geological themed ones Krakatoa, The Map that Changed the World, and Crack in the Edge of the World since I m a geologist myself This travelogue up the entire Yangtze river is different from his other books that I ve read as it is muchpersonal It is not only about the Yangtze and the history but about the peoples and the cultures that he encounters along the river


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