Yangtze River: The Wildest, Wickedest River on Earth Madeleine Lynn

ISBN: 9780195869200

Published: March 27th 1997

Paperback

296 pages


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Yangtze River: The Wildest, Wickedest River on Earth  by  Madeleine Lynn

Yangtze River: The Wildest, Wickedest River on Earth by Madeleine Lynn
March 27th 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 296 pages | ISBN: 9780195869200 | 3.59 Mb

This new collection of writing, spanning thirteen centuries, offers a literary history of Chinas longest, most varied waterway, and includes classical Chinese poetry, Victorian memoirs and contemporary travel writing. Some of the rivers firstMoreThis new collection of writing, spanning thirteen centuries, offers a literary history of Chinas longest, most varied waterway, and includes classical Chinese poetry, Victorian memoirs and contemporary travel writing.

Some of the rivers first visitors were poet-officials: Lu Yu and Du Fu, posted to remote Yangtze towns, wrote of their sense of isolation and insignificance among their strange, majestic surroundings. Writers born along the Yangtze describe a lifestyle on the river that has barely changed for centuries. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Europeans came, traders and missionaries, who tried for years to master the powerful river and understand the ways of the Chinese.

Later the Yangtze divided the Communist-held north and the Nationalist south, and marked Mao Zedongs triumph when he and his army crossed it to victory in 1949. Nowadays, writers, such as Colin Thubron and Paul Theroux, still marvel at the towering gorges, while deploring the changes that industry has brought to its banks.



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