Judy's Reviews > Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid

Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
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Sep 13, 08


Okay, how could you not like a book in which the author goes to China knowing only two phrases in Chinese--"I am not proficient at squatting. Are there other toilet options?" and "Are you sure this is chicken?" This book is great. I loved his travels throughout China and one man's look at the variety of the Chinese experience. I laughed aloud several times--once while my college history class was taking a test--they thought that I was mocking them. The changes that he encounters in China are quite simply amazing. The further west the author went, the more he enjoyed his travels. The underlying message that I received from the book, however, is that China is an ecological disaster. Who knew that their some of their lakes and rivers are so polluted that the water can't even be used in industry. And the descriptions of the air quality--or lack thereof--in the large Chinese cities in the east are hair raising. Suddenly I'm all warm and fuzzy about the EPA. Read this book. You will enjoy it.
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