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By Film girl 258
This was the only travel book on China available in the Burbank library so I felt compelled to get it. Packing for a 3-month stay in China delayed my reading (although I did get further along than the language books, which were hopeless.) I managed to catch up with modern technology and downloaded the book before departure which kept me company through many sleepless jet lagged nights. This book gave me a much truer sense of the spirit of China than any Lonely Planet book could provide, and I'm grateful for the insights and company during this bizarre trip. From one very grateful lowai, Hilari. P.S. Look me up in Movie Town in Dachang next time you are here.
Lost on Planet China - What a Stupid Ending
Did not find the ending humorous!
Lost on planet china
Hiarious,frightening,and so very enjoyable.read this in two days on my vacation.i know now why so many Chinese are here in America,they are killing their own country.wlcome back Mr Troost.
Funny but overly critical
Troost is funny. I've got to give him that. I found myself laughing a lot and enjoying his honest and unfiltered opinions of this country. However, as a teacher in China I find it unfortunate that his first impression of the country and the people was so overwhelmingly negative. When exploring and trying to understand another culture should we not try and separate ourselves from our own cultural biases? Unfortunately, this book is very unsuccessful when it comes to objectively or evenly compassionately describing China's culture, history, or people. Maybe I am bias myself though, because I do love many things about this country.