In the lead-up to this summer’s Beijing Olympics, a lot of people are talking about China. So the timing feels right for Simon Winchester’s curious and diverting true-life yarn. Winchester recounts how oddball British scientist Joseph Needham, after arriving in Chungking in 1943, put together a 15,000-page book on China’s scientific and cultural development. The Man Who Loved China is an offbeat character study, not a regurgitation of the nation’s history, but because Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) is such a fantastic storyteller, you emerge with a clearer picture of a mysterious country. B+
The Man Who Loved China In the lead-up to this summer's Beijing Olympics, a lot of people are talking about China. So the timing feels right for Simon Winchester's curious ...The Man Who Loved ChinaBiography, NonfictionSimon Winchester In the lead-up to this summer's Beijing Olympics, a lot of people are talking about China. So the timing feels right for Simon Winchester's curious ...2008-05-02HarperCollins
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction; Author: Simon Winchester; Publisher: HarperCollins
Posted May 2 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
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