A Chinese reviewer reflects on Peter Hessler’s Country Driving

A reflective review of Peter Hessler’s latest book Country Driving:
“For many Chinese, their biggest concern has always been poverty. They believe that all their problems would float away if only they had money. When success does strike — and for the first time in their life they don’t need to worry about money — many Chinese are still anxious and lost and don’t know why. They are just unhappy. In Hessler’s account of Wei Ziqi, I see my family, my relatives and my friends all facing a similar predicament … Hessler does a good job capturing both the anxiety and opportunity of this transitional period…

“There is a myth, one believed by many Chinese, that foreigners do not and cannot understand China. This book shows that this myth is simply nonsense.”

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