"River Town": A Book Review Book Review

This is a book review of "River Town" by Peter Hessler, a story about a young man who went to areas of China to teach English to Chinese students.
# 150611 | 1,760 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 26, 2012 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , Literature (American)

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This book review is on the book "River Town" by Peter Hessler, and discusses the life of Peter Hessler who taught English in China. Taking place in 1990's, the story has undertones of cynicism towards communism, and this cynicism is the focused theme of the review. Using quotes and stories, the reviewer provides an outline of Hessler's viewpoints and observations in china.

The Story
Social Practices and Daily Life
Gender Roles and Relationships

From the Paper:

"He found that his friend rarely spoke about his background or how difficult it was because, again, he had seen how it could have been worse. Almost anything done by the Chinese had meaning from the past or was a tradition that had gone on for what seemed like forever.
"Gender Roles and Relationships
"Men and women were treated very differently and had very different roles in China. Women have been tricked into being sold into marriages they never planned on. One of Hessler's colleagues talked about a cousin that this had happened to as if it was something that happened every day. Hessler had asked the colleague if his cousin had been able to escape, and he had said she was satisfied with her marriage because the man had money. He said, 'She was from a very poor part of the countryside, and you know that it is difficult for a woman to leave a place like that. Usually they aren't taken by force--they're tricked'. He said this happened a lot with women and that many of them ended up happy in the end. Those that were not happy most often didn't leave the man but instead committed suicide. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001. Print.

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