Dick Wilson, 27 October 1988
Show More Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train through China by Paul Theroux.
Hamish Hamilton, 494 pp., £14.95, September 1988, 0 241 12547 2Show More
Discos and Democracy: China in the Throes of Reform by Orville Schell.
Pantheon, 384 pp., $19.95, June 1988, 9780394568294Show More
The Star Raft: China’s Encounter with Africa by Philip Snow.
Weidenfeld, 250 pp., £14.95, June 1988, 0 297 79081 1Show More
Ancestors: Nine Hundred Years in the Life of a Chinese Family by Frank Ching.
Harrap, 528 pp., £12.95, September 1988, 0 245 54675 8Show More
“... real China’, each carrying different baggage and each arriving at a different part of the truth. Orville Schell’s Discos and Democracy describes China’s intellectual, artistic and political life during the year 1986. His preconception is that something noble was thrown out with Maoism, to allow all kinds of greed, selfishness, degeneracy and aping ...”