Through the Dragon's Mouth: Journeys Into the Yangtzi's Three Gorges
|Rating||:||4.13 (952 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||319 Pages|
Three Gorges Jill Cheng I like this book more than some of the previous reviewers but I can only offer medium praise. Dr. Cowles is truly an "old China hand" of the first order. His experiences and trials in China, especially his voyages through the Yangtze Gorges before they were "made safe" by demolishing hazardous rocks in the 1950s, the constuction of the Gezhouba dam in the early 80s, and the on-goi. Contrived dialogue and characters muddy the waters While I do not question Dr. Cowles' love of China, I think his book is poorly written. It feels like it was quickly thrown together in an effort to profit from all the attention surrounding the controversial Three Gorges Dam. This book has too much contrived dialogue and seems to borrow too much from greater books about the Gorges, principally A Single Pebble and Cornell Plant's G. The best written on the Yangzi Gorges by a great China hand. Anyone who has gone to China, or who plans to go should make this book a must. Dr. Ben Cowles is an expert of the first order on China in general and the Gorges in specific.As one who has been to China 67 times since President Nixon was there, few I have met have the knowledge, love, passion and experience for such a book as Dr. Cowles. When you put it down and that is hard to do
A descriptive memoir of a boat trip through the famed Three Gorges of the Yangtse River, now dammed and gone for our lifetimes.
From Publishers Weekly Rivers--and water in general--possess properties that are both constant and constantly in flux. Though the recounting of events often is utilitarian, the ardor Cowles brings to his later ruminations will reward patient readers. From the outset, he owns up to his Western, Christian worldview, but he demonstrates a profound admiration for the land and culture he's observing; the philosophical conclusions he draws are earnestly argued, whether one is inclined to go against them or be swept away. On the surface, the book features Cowles's impressions of the river's majestic beauty, essential links to Chinese culture, rugged
A clinical psychologist and an ordained Presbyterian minister, he continues to supervise psychology interns. Ben Thomson Cowles, raised in Swatow, South China, graduated from Haverford College, and holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Southern California. Immediately after World War II, he served under the Presbyterian Board of Ecumenical Missi