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Rising from the mountains of the Tibetan border, the river that is the symbolic heart of China courses through , miles of rugged country before emerging into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China s heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, the Yangtze has throughout history also linked China to the outside world through its nearly , miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China, and Simon Winchester takes us with him as he encounters the essence of the nation its history and politics, its geography and climate He engages with the country s culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places Winchester recalls his passionate exploration of the countryside employing nearly every mode of transportation, including boat, train, jeep and shoe leather while providing important and engaging historical information This is travel writing at its best lively, informative and thoroughly enchanting ✬ Classic Essential Vegetables Books ✮ Author Family Circle – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the river that is the symbolic heart of China courses through ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ The Murder Exchange Author Simon Kernick – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk miles of rugged country before emerging into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China s heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant ❰Reading❯ ➻ The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, Author James Douglas – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Shanghai [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, Author James Douglas – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the Yangtze has throughout history also linked China to the outside world through its nearly [Reading] ➻ The Cold War By David Miller – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk miles of navigable waters To travel those waters is to travel back in history [Read] ➲ The Soul of Leadership By Deepak Chopra – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk to sense the soul of China ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Night Listener Author Armistead Maupin – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and Simon Winchester takes us with him as he encounters the essence of the nation its history and politics ✾ [EPUB] ✶ Under Currents By Nora Roberts ❦ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk its geography and climate He engages with the country s culture and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places Winchester recalls his passionate exploration of the countryside employing nearly every mode of transportation ❮KINDLE❯ ❆ The Confidential Agent Author Graham Greene – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk including boat [Epub] ➛ The Light In The Window ➜ June Goulding – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk train ❰EPUB❯ ✵ The Lion and the Unicorn Author Richard Aldous – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk jeep and shoe leather while providing important and engaging historical information This is travel writing at its best lively ❰EPUB❯ ✴ Three Entertainments Author Graham Greene – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk informative and thoroughly enchanting The River At The Center Of The World


About the Author: Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who resides in the United States Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal As an author, Simon Winchester has written or contributed to over a dozen nonfiction books and authored one novel, and his articles appear in several travel publications including Cond Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic In 1969, Winchester joined The Guardian, first as regional correspondent based in Newcastle upon Tyne, but was later assigned to be the Northern Ireland Correspondent Winchester s time in Northern Ireland placed him around several events of The Troubles, including the events of Bloody Sunday and the Belfast Hour of Terror.After leaving Northern Ireland in 1972, Winchester was briefly assigned to Calcutta before becoming The Guardian s American correspondent in Washington, D.C., where Winchester covered news ranging from the end of Richard Nixon s administration to the start of Jimmy Carter s presidency In 1982, while working as the Chief Foreign Feature Writer for The Sunday Times, Winchester was on location for the invasion of the Falklands Islands by Argentine forces Suspected of being a spy, Winchester was held as a prisoner in Tierra del Fuego for three months.Winchester s first book, In Holy Terror, was published by Faber and Faber in 1975 The book drew heavily on his first hand experiences during the turmoils in Ulster In 1976, Winchester published his second book, American Heartbeat, which dealt with his personal travels through the American heartland Winchester s third book, Prison Diary, was a recounting of his imprisonment at Tierra del Fuego during the Falklands War and, as noted by Dr Jules Smith, is responsible for his rise to prominence in the United Kingdom Throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, Winchester produced several travel books, most of which dealt with Asian and Pacific locations including Korea, Hong Kong, and the Yangtze River.Winchester s first truly successful book was The Professor and the Madman 1998 , published by Penguin UK as The Surgeon of Crowthorne Telling the story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, the book was a New York Times Best Seller, and Mel Gibson optioned the rights to a film version, likely to be directed by John Boorman.Though Winchester still writes travel books, he has repeated the narrative non fiction form he used in The Professor and the Madman several times, many of which ended in books placed on best sellers lists His 2001 book, The Map that Changed the World, focused on geologist William Smith and was Whichester s second New York Times best seller The year 2003 saw Winchester release another book on the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, The Meaning of Everything, as well as the best selling Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded Winchester followed Krakatoa s volcano with San Francisco s 1906 earthquake in A Crack in the Edge of the World The Man Who Loved China 2008 retells the life of eccentric Cambridge scholar Joseph Needham, who helped to expose China to the western world Winchester s latest book, The Alice Behind Wonderland, was released March 11, 2011 source Wikipedia



10 thoughts on “The River At The Center Of The World

  1. says:

    At over 3900 miles long the Yangtze is the river that divides China South of the river is the rice growing part of China, and north of it wheat is grown But this divide also brings together the nation, as it supports millions of people livelihoods, and hold the keys to some of China s earliest archaeology and history.Startin


  2. says:

    I read a previous book by this author which I enjoyed so I decided to try another and I m glad I did He travels up the Yangtze in this from the ocean to close to its source a bit short of 4000 miles He uses various forms of transport and the travels are interesting However this is not really a travel book per se This is fara jo


  3. says:

    This was a disappointing book Like the tributaries of the Yangtze, multiple disciplines feed into the narrative geography, geology, sociology, politics, commerce and history Winchester admits at the outset that he had difficulty finding a unifying theme for his ungainly collection of material Like the irregular rapids and currents


  4. says:

    Inspired by Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi River by Wang Hui, a 53 foot long scroll painting, Winchester decides to travel from mouth to source of the Yangtze River, a journey of some 3900 miles.The trip was undertaken mid 90 s which is relevant for the water levels and accessibility of the river, as the Three gorges Dam was partly co


  5. says:

    I m not always a fan of Winchester s style, but this book remains my favorite in his extensive bibliography Drawn to the beauty of Ten thousand li, a stunning 53 foot scroll by Wang Hui, Winchester decides to delve deeper into the massive Yangtze for his next book He works his way along the length of the river in reverse, from its mouth


  6. says:

    For someone who lived in Hong Kong for years, speaks Mandarin and wrote this 400 page tome about his voyage up the length of the Yangtze, author Simon Winchester doesn t like China very much He sees Shanghai as a crassly commercial whorehouse , Wuhan as too polluted, Chongqing as ugly and most of the villages he encounters, squalid Yet he


  7. says:

    I wanted to punch this author repeatedly over the course of the book Two stars only because it had a lot of good information, but I ll never be reading another Simon Winchester book again Freaking jerk.


  8. says:

    Fabulous, fascinating once of the most in depth, intriguing travelogues I have read If one day someone asks me if I ve traveled the Yangtze, and I accidentally answer, oh yes, well, this book is the cause.


  9. says:

    Terrific book his travel writing is quite funny, in a dry British way, and the history is well presented, with only a few patches to skim through.


  10. says:

    Simon Winchester is one of my favorite authors, especially his geological themed ones Krakatoa, The Map that Changed the World, and Crack in the Edge of the World since I m a geologist myself This travelogue up the entire Yangtze river is different from his other books that I ve read as it is muchpersonal It is not only about the Yangtze and the histo


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