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Letter from China

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
LETTER FROM CHINA is a poignant and irreverent diary of the author's yearlong (2001-2) experience of teaching English to college students in Beijing, People's Republic of China. From the very first pages, the author draws you into his struggle with a culture worlds away from his comfort zone. The author's generous and compelling personality allowed him to gain access to ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Authorhouse
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Clytee
Apr 18, 2011 Clytee rated it really liked it
I found this as a FREE audio download on iTunes as a podcast. I don't know how to down load books for free from my library, and I have trouble downloading books on CD with my Mac, so I was thrilled to find this from Libravox.

I would listen to chapters as I walked home from Skyline High after leaving my car there for my student teaching daughter to use. I found it fascinating, I'd always wondered what it would be like to teach English in an Asian country. He described it well. Gave insight into m
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Susan Raymond
Oct 27, 2015 Susan Raymond rated it it was amazing
I just read Peter Froning's book and found it riveting reading. As a former foreign language teacher and as one who has traveled to China and has personal connections with people who live there I found his insights into the people and the culture fascinating. Lots of things have changed since his time there back in the early 2000's but his information explained a lot of WHY things are the way they are now. Very unexpected and sad postlogue but I would still recommend this book to anyone ...more
Joe Barlow
Nov 05, 2011 Joe Barlow rated it it was amazing
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What an absolutely amazing book, consisting of letters and journal entries by an American who spent a year in China teaching English at a small university, and whose warmth and personality changed his students forever. Froning's writing is extraordinary, and he makes China come alive for the reader. Few things are as heartbreaking as the epilogue of this book. If you love to travel, or simply dream of traveling, you can't go wrong with this book. I absolutely loved it.
Carolina
Jun 17, 2016 Carolina rated it really liked it
I accidentaly 'read' this audiobook through my podcast app (yes, it's completely free). A wonderful account of the author's year teaching in China. Just as heart-warming as, in the end, it is heart-breaking. Highly recommended.
Steve Lundh
Jan 26, 2013 Steve Lundh rated it really liked it
Very interesting read about the first hand experience of a reluctant American who went to mainland China to teach english.
Bill Lively
An interesting read especially in that it brought back many memories of the times that Nancy and I spent at NPU in Xi'an, China.
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This was very interesting and did NOT end the way I thought it would! Yikes.
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I read this from podiobooks.com. Very eye opening, inspiring and enjoyable.
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The epilogue made me maudlin.
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Unique, entertaining and powerful.
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