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by Hsu Mei-lang,Lincoln Kaye


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The title is misleading, as only the last third of the book has anything to do with Tibet. The book ends abruptly, failing to draw any conclusions. Still some decent material in here.

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And Other Encounters in China and Tibet. Illustrated by Mei-lang Hsu. 394 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. ONCE upon a time, in an impoverished lakeside village named Wolf Fang in central China, a boy dazzled the neighbors with his intellect. He was so brilliant that he was sent off to the regional high school; after graduation, he was chosen village chief. Unfortunately, Wolf Fang's grain supplies soon began to disappear.

A popular practice of foreign correspondents upon finishing a tour is to write a book analyzing the big-picture developments in the country they are leaving. 17 b&w drawings, not seen, by Kaye’s Taiwanese wife, Hsu Mei-lang). Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2003.

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I have no idea who Lincoln Kaye is, but he sure can write. The title doesn't do the book justice, but, then again, I couldn't think what would be a better one. This book is an interesting vehicle through which one gets a view of China, but more importantly a view of people and cultures in transition. I stongly recommned the book and am pretty sure this isn't the last we hear of Mr. Kaye. Stirring portrait of modern China. Published by Thriftbooks.

Adventures in a nation on the roadLong caricatured as a land of stagnant traditions or lockstep Maoist conformity, China today is a country on the move. Literally—China's new migrant labor pool, known as the "blind river," logs in more road miles and piecework hours than any other workforce in the world—but also mentally and spiritually, as more and more Chinese search for some new faith, whether Maoist, Buddhist, humanist, or laissez-faire - to fill in where decaying Party ideology leaves off. The new China, where religious pilgrims cross paths with born-again capitalists and uprooted communards, is a chaos of true believers pursuing different, often conflicting, visions of fulfillment.The author and the illustrator, an American newsman and his Taiwanese wife, trail a series of such pilgrims: wandering farmhands, itinerant actors, a qi gong guru, a careerist policeman, a muckraking lawyer, a die-hard revolutionary agitator, a Taiwanese con man, a Tibetan lama, and many more. The result is neither a travelogue nor an analytic set piece, but a moral panorama, lit from within by the divergent hopes of Chinese citizens today.

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Global Progression
Journalist Lincoln Kaye turns his keen eye on contemporary China. He does not take his adventures at face value, but like dissecting an onion, peels back the layers to reveal the cultural and historical significance. Kaye travels with his wife Hsu Mei-lang (born and raised on Taiwan), and each chapter describes an extended undertaking. The first features touring on the beaten path to Xian and then off the beaten path in Shaanxi to see the legendary Yellow Emperor's Tomb on the Qing Ming (tomb sweeping) holiday. The second vignette focuses on updating a story seen in an underground documentary, The Wolf Gang File, in which a small village hires a nondescript Beijing lawyer to take on the established local party elite who have been corrupt and starving the villagers for years. The lawyer succeeds, but the movie shows events from several years earlier. Kaye wants to find the lawyer to learn more about the story, visit the unidentified village and find out what has happened since the lawsuit. The third chapter describes a newly established, private hospice care center in Beijing. Traditionally, the younger generations take care of the older at home. In contemporary China, this is not the case, and we see the tribulations of the doctor who almost singlehandedly runs the facility, as well as the entertaining and moving stories of the residents. In the fourth and final, which gives the book the title, we travel back to Qinghai province to the ethnic Tibetan region in the company of Kaye and Hsu's friend Norbu, who is a Tibetan lama, in fact a living Buddha, revered by several villages in Qinghai. Kaye does a fantastic job of introducing us to these aspects of China that are removed from the mainstream media that we hear about. Moreover, his experience of living in China can explain the culture and history behind some parts, but others leave him as bewildered as a newly arrived tourist, reflecting a the deep complexity to Chinese society. This book is a great read, and by focusing on 4 stories, Kaye can reveal a depth that would be lost on many of this genre of travel books that tend to hop from encounter to encounter like a pogo stick.
Pedora
I found this book very enjoyable. So much so that I am reading it for the second time, and enjoying it even more! Each section of the book reads as a trip into a new and different place. The uniting factor in each trip are the struggles occuring in China today. The backdrop is both exotic (for me) and very fresh and real due to the author and his wife's journalistic abilities. Constantly aware of their own preconceptions and ideals, they made sure to present the ideas and ideals of a variety of people met during their travels. One comes to recognize the problems inherent in trying to move such a large country forward towards a better life for all. The author does not suggest that he has the answer. Rather he lets the people he meet explain their ideas. Whether founded in history, religion, or politics, each person"s thoughts help unfold the layers of complexity that is China today. Well worth taking the time to read and savor.
Chankane
Anyone who uses the expression, "Promulgating the jeremiads" should never be allowed to write a book. Anyone who uses the word milieu 400 times in a 400 page book, should not be allowed behind the proverbial wheel of keyboard. Anyone who ever uses the word grandiloquent should seriously consider never generating a single written word again. What happened to the word bombastic? Did the Greater Thesaurus Convention of 2003 decide that grandiloquent was too good to be true and should henceforth be used inside every 100 pages of printed text? If you see a book that's written by an author you've never heard of, with a single title in his repertoire, garnering a measly 3 positive reviews (likely by friends), with used hardcover copies selling for 66 cents...you should ask yourself if this is a good investment of your time.

It's not. This is the type of book that makes me happy to never have met the author. It would be everything I could do not to claim him full of grandiloquent hot air, and that being in his mere presence makes me dizzy. If I have to hear him think aloud about his ego one more time, I'm sure I would end up throwing the book into the local river, an action I contemplated all too often while trudging through this work of slop.

In many ways, this is worse than a 1 star book, because every now and again it would leave traces of decency in the text, such that you felt compelled to continue reading. Granted, the last 100 pages offered nothing of the sort, other than the end of the road. Before I had lost hope of anything decent coming out of it, a nudge of interest would keep me reading one more section, then one more section, then one more...

But it never comes to pass. The author, who uses words which can only have come about by repeated use of the Thesaurus in his word processing program, never realizes this hope. Kurt Vonnegut once wrote than any sentence you put on the page should either describe the pertinent scene or move the action along to some degree. While I don't entirely agree with that advice, it appears that the author fully rejects it, and spends countless hours discussing things that have absolutely no bearing on the narrative enclosed between the covers.

If I wanted a personal vacation narrative rife with self-obsessing commentary, I would go on a vacation and bring along a mirror and a voice recorder. If I wanted to hear an endless amount of cooing, which his wife seems to do all too often, I would have visited a pigeon farm. The same goes for clucking. If it weren't for the picture of this woman on the back cover, I might actually think that he were married to a bird of some sort.

It got to the point where I found it hard to read more than 2-3 pages at a time. With the above objections added to his shoddy detailing of the Chinese language and culture, it often ended with my putting down the book out of frustration as opposed to becoming tired, which is usually what causes me to stop reading.

I find it hard to say many good things about this book, other than to suggest if you're big on repeated usage of obscure words, this might be right up your alley. Or, perhaps it would be more in-line to say it would be in your milieu. Admittedly, every now and again a decent wisp of story comes on, usually when the author is relating a tale someone else told nearly word for word. By the end, stories of other people fade into his whining drone of a narrative, so much so that...well, you probably get the picture by now.

Highly not recommended. Stick with Any Tan, or Ha Jin, and keep your eyes open for better China (or Taiwan) travel narratives along the way.
Mash
I enjoyed the book greatly, reading it over three or four days. The author draws his characters (real people being real people!) well, with compassion and insight. When I looked up the author on line, I hoped that I would find he had written more since the 2002 publication of Cousin Felix. Alas, no. It's the kind of book we need more of...to make us aware of and compassionate toward the enormous diversity of culture in our world. Yes, as the only negative review here overstated, Mr. Kaye does get a bit carried away with vocabulary and metaphor. But I enjoyed even that. It became part of the charm of the book.

I hope that Mr. Kaye will write more. I look forward to traveling with him.
Cousin Felix Meets the Buddha: and Other Encounters in China and Tibet download epub
Asia
Author: Hsu Mei-lang,Lincoln Kaye
ISBN: 0374299986
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Asia
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (January 29, 2002)
Pages: 480 pages