Jrobertus'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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Mar 07, 2009

really liked it

Troost is one of my favorite travel writers. He has a keen eye for everyday things that represent the nature of the culture he is visiting. He has a great sense for the ironic and his insights are often hilarious. This is a real page turner. It is interesting and insightful as you see things through the eyes of a trusted friend. Modern China is beyond anyone's ability to assimilate, but I feel Troost gives you a taste of the the dynamic growth, incredible pollution, vitality and misery that constitute this new/ancient powerhouse.
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