Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City” as Want to Read:
Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City

by
2.44  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"An evocative portrait of a troubled soul in a bewildering land."
–Kirkus

The riveting true story of the transformation of a Chinese city and an American who finds himself stranded there.

A detailed chronicle of everyday life in modern China, a window into the lives of Chinese peasants and the foreigners with whom they fall in and out of romance, and an inspiring tale of cour
...more
Kindle Edition, First, 265 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by LSI Holdings, LLC
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Chaos and Grime, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Chaos and Grime

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 2.44  · 
Rating details
 ·  32 ratings  ·  10 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City
Ann-Marie
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF. As this is about a westerner's impressions of the Chinese city of Wuhan, I thought it would be quite topical considering the coronavirus having placed the city in the news the past month.
No. No. No.
This book should never have been passed off as "A Year in the Life of a Chinese City."
The subtitle should have been: " A Bunch of College Kids Get Drunk A Lot and Have Indiscriminate Sex. " It just happens to take place in Wuhan.

I read 26% of this book, then randomly skipped ahead. I am not
...more
Christine
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

I entered the giveaway based on the premise "A Year in the Life of a Chinese City" with the description being the city of Wuhan, lately in the news due to COVID-19. I thought I would get a look into just what the subtitle says: a year in the life of the city. Instead I got...a mess. A jumbled collection of characters and timelines that overlap, go nowhere, and honestly, stretch credulity to a point where it essentially rips in half. Throw in
...more
Tracy
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
nope
꧁.•º°༺×Ṩสℛสℋ×༻°º•.꧂
Well...
Don't really know where to start, the 1st star is only, because I had a similar experience in the same city (Wuhan in China) 3 years later than the narrative took place. So I could relate to a certain point and had some memories brought back. But if I could give 0 stars, I would.
That's the good part.
Now to the not so good part: I had problems to follow the strain of thoughts quite often, points were made and then discriptions of actions that had nothing to do with the point or took the st
...more
Jodie Fitzpatrick
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
A guy's frustration with Chinese women

Less about Wuhan and more about the soap opera of this guy's life. Very confusing and long list of characters.
...more
Arthur Meursault
Chaos and Grime, the first book by Jacob Acerbi, was certainly an interesting read. Having lived in China and gone through the Chinese university system - including all the wonder of dealing with university administrations and all that entails - I had no doubt to the veracity of many of the situations that Acerbi. When he described the student campus as a ghetto, the constant confusion over paperwork, the lifelong African exchange students who seem to never graduate, I found myself nodding along ...more
Catherine
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bare bones accounting of how crazy china is

This book details one man's time several years ago in the Wuhan province. This book was interesting but only because of how foreign the Chinese culture is to me. I found myself rereading several of the paragraphs because the actions of the Chinese characters were so bizzar. Definitely pick this book up if you want to experience a different culture.
...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Chaos and Grime is an interesting read. It doesn't read like your typical biography/memoir, more like a slice of life. It's written in third person, but the people the story follows are interesting, and the story itself is fairly interesting. At times the pacing is a little slow, but overall it's a smooth read. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, which could get confusing at times, but they were all so interesting I enjoyed reading about them. A good, interesting read. ...more
Pat Backley
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating read!

Having spent time in China myself, I was interested to read this book and it did not disappoint!
Wonderfully detailed, clever writing, that made me feel I was actually in Wuhan with the author. The general sense of chaos and confusion, peppered with historical facts, kept my attention to the final page.
Windell Beaird
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, engaging page turner...

Very intense, engaging page turner. Sad diatribe of the corruption that still exists in China.
Kudos to the author for having the courage to tell the truth in spite of the backlash he has been given. I wish you all the best Mr. Acerbi
Susan “Sam”
rated it it was ok
Mar 07, 2020
lisa adams
rated it did not like it
Mar 27, 2020
Tarrastarr
rated it did not like it
Jun 13, 2020
Jack Young
rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2020
Philip Taj
rated it it was amazing
Aug 05, 2020
Caroline
rated it did not like it
Mar 28, 2020
Dee Knight
rated it did not like it
May 24, 2020
Jacob
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Sven
rated it did not like it
May 13, 2020
Tim
rated it did not like it
Apr 14, 2020
Anandh Sundar
rated it it was amazing
Jun 04, 2020
Naiza P.
rated it it was ok
Jan 03, 2021
Nishant Kumar
rated it did not like it
Jun 03, 2020
John Black
rated it it was ok
Jun 11, 2020
lethe
rated it did not like it
May 19, 2020
Diana Gonzalez
rated it really liked it
Apr 25, 2020
Megz
rated it liked it
Aug 16, 2020
Karina
rated it did not like it
May 29, 2020
Books &
rated it it was ok
May 29, 2020
Megan Page
rated it it was amazing
Oct 06, 2020
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Eternally Artemisia
  • Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
  • The Art of War
  • Winning Digital Cuistomers: The Antidote to Irrelevance
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
  • The Midnight Library
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
  • Luster
  • The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women
  • The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope, #8)
  • The Woman of a Thousand Names
  • Mazes of Power (The Broken Trust, #1)
  • Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
  • Born in the Purple
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
  • Mao: The Unknown Story
  • Who’s There?: A Collection of Stories
See similar books…
4 followers
Jacob Acerbi (Russian: Иаков Иаковевич терпкеницын; Chinese: 晉智明) is an American biological scientist and bioethicist. His 2020 memoir about his life in the city of Wuhan, Chaos and Grime: A Year in the Life of a Chinese City, was banned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China almost immediately upon its release. The publication of the book, which explores coverups of ...more

Related Articles

  Discover lots of new and upcoming nonfiction reads this spring with our author interviews, articles, and book lists!   Interviews with...
4 likes · 3 comments