Have you read Peter Hessler's "Oracle Bones"?

The bear mentioned it here, and I’m just wondering how many have read it and what you thought of it. Do you recommend it?

DB “Oracle bones” could be your new name since you know everything :wink:

I’m reading River Town right now. His account of two years teaching Engrish for the Peace Corps up the Yangtse. His writing style irritates the hell out of me for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on.

While in a bookstore in the States last year I read the sections on the script reformers. The chapter was not bad. I haven’t read the rest, though. It seemed in general like the sort of book that would be most valuable to relative newbies. I wouldn’t pay a hardback price for it.

Did you know that dragonbones and oracle bones are really synonyms? :stuck_out_tongue:

I just heard from a local scholar friend that the content about Chen Mengjia is very interesting, and that the Chinese translation is good. I think I’ll get a copy. :sunglasses: