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Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost
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Jan 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audio, china, paper-copy, asia, non-fiction
Read from January 22 to 28, 2010

It was good, but not as laid back as another book I read by Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages. This one is about China, and Maarten Troost does not seem to be in love with either China, or the Chinese. He seems to be rather annoyed by them. He finds it difficult to stand Chinese rudeness, lack of what we came to regard as manners, disregard for the environment, cult of mammon, and the authoritarian communist capitalism where everything is allowed as long as it brings money. But, he is at awe of the phenomenon that China is right now as well, and this mixture permeates the pages of the book.
Definitely worth reading.
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