Country Driving by Peter Hessler
A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.)

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“Hessler has a marvelous sense of the intonations and gestures that give life to the moment.” —The New York Times Book Review

From Peter Hessler, the New York Times bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town, comes Country Driving, the third and final book in his award-winning China trilogy. Country Driving addresses the human side of the economic revolution in China, focusing on economics and development, and shows how the auto boom helps China shift from rural to urban, from farming to business.

 

About Peter Hessler

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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.
 
Published January 21, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 561 pages
Genres: Travel, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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Peter Hessler chronicles the effects of China’s expanding road network on individual lives.

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Speaking of the early years of the last decade, he writes, “To drive across China was to find yourself in the middle of the largest migration in human history — nearly one-tenth of the population was on the road, finding new lives away from home.” His book chronicles the flight from rural China,...

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Down in the mountainous coastal region of Zhejiang, Hessler finds a newly industrialised area, one scarcely heard of by the outside world, where single cities produce single products.

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The Washington Post

COUNTRY DRIVING.

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Christian Science Monitor

Today, new cars and new drivers are pouring onto China’s new roads at a breathtaking pace.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

In his inimitable lyrical style, Hessler describes how the place first “roared with construction” and then, nine months later, as factories opened and workers came, each assembly line “hummed and sang with the regularity of a chorus .

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She gained little pleasure from the new income, and her contact with outsiders was fleeting.” The first section of New Yorker writer Hessler’s engrossing three-part portrait of China’s headlong rush to the future is peppered with questions from the Chinese driving test: “223.

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Scotsman.com

Previously a staff writer in China for the New Yorker magazine from 2000 to 2007, Peter Hessler is a man ideally placed to write about a country in flux.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Having traveled to China with the Peace Corps, Peter Hessler fell in love with the country and began writing for the New Yorker, serving as its Beijing correspondent between 2000 and 2007.

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Book Geeks

Driving courses vary widely in approach: when Hessler’s friend Wei Ziqi finally learns to drive, he spends about fifty eight hours learning to drive a truck, while never actually seeing any traffic, so when he finally gets in a car, an accident is inevitable.

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Book Forum

On top of everything else, we now import our human-interest stories from China.

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Straight.com

Inspired by what he calls “new roads to old places”, Peter Hessler obtained a Chinese driver’s license after living in the People’s Republic for five years.

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Lonely Planet

As the book notes, the wall is not one great stone wall, not the great fortified highway found in cheap postcards, traversing craggy mountains and spanning the great plains of western China.

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