The River at the Center of the World by Simon Winchester
A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time

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An author travels up the Yangtze river from the Tibetan border to the East China Sea and attempts to get at the soul of China as he passes through the many faces of China. 12,500 first printing.
 

About Simon Winchester

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Simon Winchester has written works based on his travels through Africa, India and Hong Kong, including The River at the Center of the World (1996), about his trip along the Yangtze River. He has also written The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, and served as the Asia-Pacific editor for Conde Nast Traveler. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
 
Published April 8, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.. 439 pages
Genres: Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Winchester (Pacific Rising, 1992, etc.) depicts the central role of the Yangtze in China's long, tumultuous history in a lively narrative that ranges from the scholarly to the surreal to the truly harrowing.

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We are fed many fanciful legends from Chinese mythology and a number of facts --- often depressing but always interesting --- from Chinese history.

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Simon Winchester's The River at the Center of the World, recently re-released in paperback, has a premise both simple and audacious: Winchester travels the length of the Yangtze river-the third longest river in the world-from Shanghai, where it meets the sea, up to its source in Tibet.

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