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River Town by Peter Hessler
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Sep 14, 2009

really liked it

I read this book because at the time I was seriously thinking of teaching English in another country (Mongolia), but as you know haven't done (don't worry this book didn't hinder me from going).

I enjoyed this book because it transported me to another place that I didn't know much about. I've had a lot of friends in recent years teach in Asia and I think this book has illustrated a bit of what it's like. Hessler often notes the small subtleties of the everyday that only a mindful person would notice. I appreciated this account as well because he spent two years in a place and while that isn't a lifetime he is able to compare/contrast the two years. The second year brings some depth to the work.

Besides describing the teaching experience, Hessler does a fair amount of traveling in China and has interesting accounts of these ventures.

I would recommend this book to anyone about to teach or visit in China.

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