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The Silent Traveller in San Francisco

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published November 1st 1964 by W. W. Norton & Company
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James Eckman
May 06, 2016 James Eckman rated it it was ok
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A very personal reverie about SF sixty years ago, I skipped much of the details of then current folk otherwise lost to time. Long past its sell date.
JeanneBee
May 18, 2012 JeanneBee rated it it was amazing
San Francisco may just be everyone's favorite city. Living here for nearly 24 years you quickly learn that The City (Herb Caen fan) is less about it's history and more about it's future. The City changes all the time. This historical travel narrative charms not only with its prose but insights into mid-20th century San Francisco with an eye toward how the white city on the 7 hills was built by its forefathers. As the artist-author Chiang Yee/Yee Chaing shares his journey in and around the City ...more
John Jung
Jan 28, 2012 John Jung rated it it was amazing
Re-reading this classic and unique book by Chiang Yee, a native of China who has travelled the world, taught at universities in England and U.S., and written several books including his series of "THe SIlent Traveller" in which he provides a set of 'far east' eyes to look at places like San Francisco, Boston, England, that are refreshing and inventive. He is a calligrapher and painter and his books are a visual treat.
Janet
Aug 03, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing
This is the first Silent Traveller book I encountered. I started browsing it in a used book store and couldn't leave it there. His description of Mt. Diablo outside SF is sooooo much the way I first saw it on visiting relatives there in the 1950s/60s that I felt like the guy is a soulmate. His description of the Beats is priceless.
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Feb 22, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
An essential book to be included in any discussion of the Chinese immigrant experience in the 20th century, should be required reading for: American Studies, Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Creative Non-Fiction.
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Oct 12, 2013 Joslyn rated it liked it
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Another time and place, lovely illustrations, and the city seen as an exotic treasure through the eyes of someone wise and talented who loves SF.
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Chiang Yee (simplified Chinese: 蒋彝; traditional Chinese: 蔣彝, Pinyin: Jiǎng Yí, Wade–Giles: Chiang Yee) (19 May 1903 – 26 October 1977), self-styled as "The Silent Traveller", was a Chinese poet, author, painter and calligrapher...

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Yee
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