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The River At The Centre Of The World: A Journey Up The Yangtse, And Back In Chinese Time

by Simon Winchester

For years, the Yangtse river has shaped China. The river’s fertile banks provide food for millions, but floods have devastated the lives of as many. The river has a special but contradictory place in the Chinese psyche. The mighty Three Gorges dam is not only a hydroelectric power project – it is also symbolic of the Chinese finally taking charge of their own destiny – no longer at the mercy of nature, but controlling it.

In his book “The River At The Centre Of The World”, Simon Winchester tells the fascinating story of his journey along the 3,900 miles of the world’s third longest river, travelling by foot, boat, train and jeep.

Starting at Shanghai, China’s pulsating, cutting edge modern metropolis, Winchester travels westwards in a journey that explores China’s history as well as its geography. He passes through Wuhan, where Mao Zedong swum the river at the age of 70, and goes looking for traces of the infamous Yangtse Incident which saw Chinese Communists clash with the British Navy in 1949.

Witty, thoughtful and descriptive; an entertaining and enlightening read.


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