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Was But Nothing That Couldn T Have but nothing that couldn t have portrayed just as well in one ongish magazine article instead of being padded out into a full Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question length book filled with repetitionsAs other reviewers have noted the other big issue with this book is that it is almost entirely about the preparations for the 2008 Olympics a topic ofimited interest now not about Beijing or its people It s not the book about Beijing and it s culture that it Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism looksike Unless you want to know a great deal about the various sports events that took place in the various venues used for the Olympics in the year before they took place you may find ong stretches of this book unreadableIf you re interested in modern China and its uniue and constantly changing culture I highly recommend Lisa Brackmann s Rock Paper Tiger It s a novel but Brackmann has spent a ot of time in China and does speak the Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson language so you will get much deeper insights into the culture through reading her novel than you will from this supposed work of journalism If you want to read a book about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing this is the one for you If you want to read a book about Beijing choose something else I was hoping for theatter and got the former and disliked it and as it went on I didn t even read the Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture last 5 pages Take that misrepresented book If you reooking for an insight into the Edge of Venomverse life of a foreigner in Beijing you could do much better than Tom Scocca s book As someoneiving in Beijing for the past 2 and a half years Tom Scocca is the kind of expat that most people don t Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) like Hiringive in servants who he refers to as the help in typical arrogant westerner fashion drivers interpreters going to expensive expat doctors to get Western medicinesI can t say I wouldn t ive that way if I could but it s far from the typical experience of the foreigner iving in Beijing Maybe I should write a book about barely being able to pay my rent in a city where the cost of purchasing an apartment is euivalent to 20 years of working on the average salary Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine living in crumbling roast infested apartments with 8 other people the shitty jobs I have had to take in order to scrape by the difficulties in speaking aanguage at an elementary school Blue Guide level and doctors who believe combs made from certain materials will cure your ailments As everyone else has said the book is a story about the Olympics which takes place in Beijing not a story about Beijing itself This seemsike the kind of book I would ike to read "a few years down the road to feel nostalgic about my time in "few years down the road to feel nostalgic about my time in but reading it as someone here experiencing much of the same stuff Mr Scocca does is The Forbidden City the icon of all that was ominous about China But now the country is eager to show off its new openness its glory and magnanimity and Beijing is its star When Tom Scocca arrived in 2004 an American eager to see another culture Beijing was ooking toward welcoming the world to its Olympics four years ater and preparations were in full swing to create a renewed city Scocca talked to the scientists tasked with cha.
Ust grating I honestly wish I iked Beijing Welcomes You than I actually did I picked it up thinking it was argely about changes to the city and its culture and "GOVERNMENT DURING THE RUN UP TO "during the run up to 2008 Olympics I didn t realize just how much detail Tom Scocca writes about each sporting event both during the Games and at the smaller match ups before the Olympics I "M Not Interested In Sports Whether Its The Four Page "not interested in sports whether its the four page GRIZ section in my ocal fishwrap or an otherwise interesting first person analysis of current events in China s capital My eyes were glazing over during these sections of Beijing And it s a shame because it detracted from my enjoyment of Scocca s humorous descriptions of the years Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier long tug of war the Chinese bureacracy went though in trying to get its citizens to behave in new different acceptable t I have read way too many nonfiction booksately that purport to be about a topic but are really about the author and their experiences writing a book on the subject The majority of these authors vastly overestimate the inherent interest of their process and the person who wanted to read a book about the actual topic comes away sorely disappointed I am totally bewildered by this trend and honestly can t figure out how some of these books got publishedThis book is written by a guy who is Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within living in Beijing because his wife has a job there and is trying to report on the preparations for the Olympics It s all about the process and in this case it s totally valid His difficulties with the process basically are the story and what might seemike excessively personal details Call the Next Witness like talking about his baby are relevant to whativing the society is ike I think this works because this topic is basically in the tradition of first person travel writing If you come
to this book thinking it s going to be a general nonfiction work of research andthis book thinking it s going to be a general nonfiction work of research and about modern China you re going to be cross even though it does contain research and analysis If you think of it as one person s experience from which you can maybe draw broader essons Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology like other similar books of western peopleiving or travelling in very foreign places it s an interesting example of that It has a Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning little too much description of people s clothes and of sports naturally for my taste but sometimes he is clever and Iearned a Charlestown Blues lot about everydayife in China and other things rather painlesslyAnd returning to the rant in the first paragraph this book made me wonder did the success of the travel writing genre make people think it would be a good idea to write other types of nonfiction similarly If so cut it out because it s not What it s Charlestown Blues: Selected Poems, a Bilingual Edition like toive in a different society can only be written as a person s experience The vast majority of other nonfiction topics we don t want to know what it was ike for YOU we want to know what it IS OK. Nging the weather; interviewed designers and architects churning out projects; checked out the campaign to stop public spitting; documented the planting of trees the rerouting of traffic the demolition of the old city and the construction of the new metropolis Beijing Welcomes You is a glimpse into the future and an encounter with an urban place we do not yet fully comprehend and the superpower it is essential we get to know bette. ,
Summary Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Tom ScoccaThis had some interesting parts but I felt it was too ong a book for being solely about Beijing s role "in the 2008 Olympics Written by a journalist but much of the writing jumped around "the 2008 Olympics Written by a journalist but much of the writing jumped around topics and I don t think was editors very clearlyI got the strong impression the author disliked Beijing and China but at times tried to hold an unbiased view which seemed difficult for him to see through Interesting but now uite dated The China described in the book is not the China of now This does capture a brief moment in time fairly well A fascinating ook into the evolution reuired for Beijing to effectively host the 2008 Olympic Games In Beijing Welcomes You Tom Scocca uses wit to retell his experience as an American expat iving in China s
Capital City There Was Ingenious Use Ofcity There was ingenious use of which subtlety communicated the deep challenges of iving in a socially and politically oppressive system Reading thru this book is Cezanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture like wrapping up in a blanket of nostalgia I only say that because Iived in China for 3 months in college and have visited several times since The culture is so rich that even reading about mundane buildings in China can be somewhat interesting I would say that this book to someone who has not been to China would be extremely boring The author does Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the City's Architecture + Landscape little to interest you in his story there Mainly he writes about his observations and dry facts of Beijing pre and post 2008 Olympics It did take me a while to read or to pick back up again after setting it down As the author says in the acknowledgements this is a work of reported nonfiction about his experiences in Beijing before during and after the 2008 Olympics It doesn t really deliver much in the way of insightIt is purely a seuence of events in the author sife described but not really analyzed not even the experience of his young child developing asthma in Beijing s polluted atmosphere A ittle reflection would have gone a ong way I d rather have read some of the individual magazine articles this book seems to be built out of because as a complete narrative it doesn t really hang together I really wish Goodreads Collections of Nothing let us use half stars so I could have given this book the 25 stars it deserved It wasn t dreadful book but it wasn t very good either probably because the author sack of Communism language skills kept him from being able to give any than a standard tourist s eye view of the city heived in on and off during the year before the 2008 Olympics A talented travel writer can overcome this How to Read the American City Close Up limitation But Scocca isn t an astute observer nor does he have the kind of engrossing style and interesting mind that would compel you to give him a pass Throughout his sojourn in Beijing it s clear that he doesn t get to know any of theocals beyond a very superficial Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans level the people he interacts with are cabbies and the people he and his. A definitive and highly entertaining account of contemporary Beijing the undisputed capital of the twenty first century Within the past decade Beijing has debuted as the defining city of the now and foreseeable future and China as the ascendant global power Beijing is the ultimate representation of China's political and cultural capital of its might and threat For soong the city was closed off to the world Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet literally built around.