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Book Club: "Oracle Bones"
 
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Join our monthly book chat on "Oracle Bones" by Peter Hessler. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

About the "Oracle Bones" and author:

From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twentyCfirstCcentury China as it opens its doors to the outside world.

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. That sense of time -- the contrast between past and present, and the rhythms that emerge in a vast, ever -- evolving country -- is brilliantly illuminated by Peter Hessler in Oracle Bones, a book that explores the human side of China' s transformation.

Hessler tells the story of modern day China and its growing links to the Western world as seen through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In addition to the author, an American writer living in Beijing, the narrative follows Polat, a member of a forgotten ethnic minority, who moves to the United States in searchof freedom; William Jefferson Foster, who grew up in an illiterate family and becomes a teacher; Emily,a migrant factory worker in a city without a past; and Chen Mengjia, a scholar of oracleCbone inscriptions, the earliest known writing in East Asia, and a man whosetragic story has been lost since the Cultural Revolution. All are migrants, emigrants, or wanderers who find themselves far from home, their lives dramatically changed by historical forces they are struggling to understand.

Peter Hessler excavates the past and puts a remarkable human face on the history he uncovers. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes.

About CCC Chinese Book Club:

The CCC Book Club is one of the earlist book clubs for the expariates living in Beijing and the only book meeting groups focusing on China-related books for the international community.

At the CCC' s Book Club, participants are assigned a great book to read (or selected chapters) and then asked to discuss its meanings with other book club members, using their own interpretations. All assigned books (mostly China-related fiction and non-fiction, a mix of classics and modern ones in English or with English translation) are available at CCC library and bookshop or at major foreign-language book stores where participants are encouraged to purchase their own copies. You are also welcome even though you may not have read a single page of the book yet. Just join our discussion!

Booklist:  Click here to view the whole booklist of the past meetings.

CCC Book Club day group:
10:30 am, every third Wednesday of the month.

CCC Book Club Evening Group:
7:30 pm, every third Thursday of the month

Note: sometimes the date is different because of holidays. So check the monthly calendar for the most up to date info during the month.

Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.

 
   
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