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Beijing Welcomes You by Tom Scocca
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Oct 07, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish, mediocre, not-worthwhile

What promised to be an interesting book about Beijing before the Olympics in 2008 and during it fell flat for me after sloughing through 100 pages. Tom Scocca arrived in 2004 (his wife had gone ahead of him) eager to experience a new life by learning how to get around, dealing with their residence, watching both destruction and construction,trying to conquer Mandarin so he could attempt to talk to the people, figuring out the rules and regulations...
I found the above mentioned to be more interesting than the sports and intricacies of the Olympics itself. The reason I stopped reading was because I was bored and I thought the writing was plodding.

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