The Man Who Loved China (2008) 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… 2008-05-06 Biography Nonfiction HarperCollins
Book Review

The Man Who Loved China (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 06, 2008; Writer: Simon Winchester; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

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+

Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints