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

Simon Winchester; With a New Afterword by the Author

Picador

0312423373

9780312423377

Trade Paperback

432 Pages

$17.00

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Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border, the river that many regard as the symbolic heart of China pierces 3,900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Connecting China's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant Shanghai, the Yangtze has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. To travel the vast extent of the river is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China, and this Simon Winchester does, taking us along with him as he encounters the very essence of China—its history and politics, its geography, climate and culture, and above all its people, living in remote and almost primative places.

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Praise for The River at the Center of the World

"Winchester is a storyteller . . . romantic enough to make us yearn to be there with him."—The Washington Post

"Winchester is an exceptionally engaging guide . . . at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto, and seemingly omnivorous curiosity."—The New York Times Book Review

"Another home run."—Los Angeles Times

"At one time or another, many of us, I suspect, have wanted to be Simon Winchester, to lead a life that was equal parts Jan Morris and James Bond."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur."—Christopher Buckley

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Simon Winchester is the author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa, among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts, New York City, and the Western Isles of Scotland.
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  • Simon Winchester; With a New Afterword by the Author

  • Simon Winchester is the author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa, among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts, New York City, and the Western Isles of Scotland.
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