Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
A Journey Through Time in China

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



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. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes.


About Peter Hessler

See more books from this Author
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 March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 512 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Oracle Bones

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

The New Yorker's Beijing correspondent traces the roots of the country's modern hurly-burly.

Apr 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Oracle Bones: A Journey Throu...

Entertainment Weekly

Oracle Bones (2006) You don't necessarily need an interest in China to get caught up in Peter Hessler's Oracle Bones , the follow-up to his 2001 best-seller, River… 2006-05-01 Peter Hessler ...

Apr 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Oracle Bones: A Journey Throu...

USA Today

He shows us ordinary Chinese living in an extraordinary time and offers well-sculpted vignettes about a Chinese movie star staging a comeback after getting into political trouble, Mao Zedong's abortive efforts to replace Chinese characters with a Westernized system, and Beijing's plans for the 20...

| Read Full Review of Oracle Bones: A Journey Throu...

Deseret News

These were fundamental value, but they also had some quality of faith, because if you actually investigated — if you poked around an archaeological site in Gansu, or an election in Florida — then you saw the element of disorder that lay just beneath the surface.

Jul 09 2006 | Read Full Review of Oracle Bones: A Journey Throu...

Bookmarks Magazine

In this portrait of modern-day China, Hessler describes the country’s profound transformation from Communist stronghold to economic juggernaut as he follows a diverse group of Chinese (some of the author’s former students): a professional couple saving money for a nest egg;

Aug 29 2007 | Read Full Review of Oracle Bones: A Journey Throu...

Reader Rating for Oracle Bones

An aggregated and normalized score based on 160 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review