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Tao: On the Road and on the Run in Outlaw China

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
As protests swirl in the cities and all foreign faces arouse suspicions, venturesome young Japanese student Aya Goda travels deep into the interior of China. There she falls in with the charismatic and combative wandering painter Cao, whose work is initially tolerated by the Chinese authorities and then banned, suddenly flipping the couple over onto the wrong side of the l ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Granta UK (first published 1997)
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Mira
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is well written book about amazing people and their story.
Carol
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: travel/china/art enthusiasts
Recommended to Carol by: Alison Watts, translator
I have to admit that I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book. One of my good friends is the translator of the book into English and she sent me a copy from Japan as a gift. Although I waited for the perfect time to read it with purpose so I could give her feedback (and Alison knows I would be totally honest and would not mince words), it isn't my usual taste in reading. We need that sometimes, though. When I belonged to a book club, I read a lot of things that I really enjoyed but o ...more
Tristy
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating read about life in China and Tibet (and a dash of Nepal) in the mid-1980's. I was totally immersed and enjoyed every minute of this story. Aya and Cao Young are a great pair and it's fun to follow them on all of their journeys (also very heartbreaking, sometimes). There is just one thing that completely bugs me - the author spends the entire book writing about her boyfriend/fiance/husband. It's all HIS stories and HIS perspective of the world. We only get brief flashes of i ...more
Fred
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little while to get into this one - but it was worth persevering. A fascinating road & travel story about an unsettled time in China. Translated to English by Alison Watts. Thanks Ali!

I noted in Cao Yong's website it's titled "Escape" - this is presumably the same book? Is that the American title?
Karen Skolfield
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Definitely a 5-star travel book. Anna - thank you SO MUCH for sending this to me!
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