May 14, 10
Read from May 09 to 14, 2010
Gift from Lynn; read for book club, too.
Well, I have to say that it is a quick read, and much of it rings true to what I recall from my many years in China, except maybe that the rich are much richer than before, and there are more ways (at least depicted in this book) of entertaining oneself to distraction (rather than fighting to get out, change things, etc).
That said, I also wonder about what a book about the US might look like; and then it became more interesting to think about this book.
Perhaps the most striking thing is underlying throughout is the power of guanxi, and, as one character said, there isn't really a sense of community in China. This became a really interesting point, as in my book club, there are expats from Europe/UK, and they really did point to the American volunteerism as a distinct characteristic…