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Oracle Bones

A Journey Between China's Past And Present

By Peter Hessler, 1969-

Oracle Bones tells its engaging and compelling story through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. The author himself is a Westerner living as a journalist in Beijing; the narrative tracks his story along with that of Polat, a trader and member of a forgotten ethnic minority, who moves to the West in search of fortune; William Jefferson Foster, who grew up in an illiterate village; Anne, a migrant factory worker in a city without a past; and Chen Mengjia, a mysterious scholar of an ancient writing form known as oracle bones, a man whose reputation has slipped into obscurity since his suicide in the 1960s. All of them are migrants, emigrants, or wanderers who find themselves far from home, their lives dramatically changed by historical forces they are struggling to understand. Hessler excavates the past in search of meaning, but his intimate approach puts a remarkable human face on the history he uncovers. We discover with him not only where the great, influential cultures of East and West intersect, but also how people create meaning out of chaotic world events.


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Format: Book
Author: Hessler, Peter, 1969-
Title: Oracle bones : a journey between China's past and present / Peter Hessler.
Publisher Date: New York : HarperCollins, c2006.
Subject: China -- Description and travel China -- Civilization
Isbn: 0060826584
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Call Number: 951 Hes
Oclc: 61247415
Bib Id: 247570

Format: Book
Author: Hessler, Peter, 1969-
Title: Oracle bones : a journey between China's past and present / Peter Hessler.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : HarperCollins, c2006.
Description: xi, 491 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: China -- Description and travel
Subjects: China -- Civilization
Other Title: Journey between China's past and present
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-467) and index.
Contents: I: Artifact A: The underground city -- The middleman -- Artifact B: The written world -- The voice of America -- The broken bridge -- Artifact C: The wall -- The overnight city -- II: Starch -- Hollywood -- Artifact D: The voice of the turtle -- At night you're not lonely -- Immigration -- The courtyard -- Artifact E: The bronze head -- Anniversary -- Sichuanese -- III: Artifact F: The book -- Asylum -- Artifact G: The uncracked bone -- The games -- Sand -- Artifact H: The word -- Translation -- Flags -- Straight to video -- Artifact I: The horse -- Wonton western -- Election -- Chinatown -- Artifact J: the criticism -- State visit -- Artifact K: The lost alphabets -- Encapsulate prime -- Artifact L: The misprinted character -- Patton's tomb -- Artifact Z: The sold words -- Tea.
LCCN: 2005052607
ISBN: 0060826584
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Call Number: 951 Hes