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Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid

Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid - J. Maarten Troost Read by Simon Vance.Having so much fun with this. Troost captures to a tee my first encounter in Beijing, from the live scorpions, the clack of bicycles, the traffic, the wall, Yellow Mao, to the cranes, Gobi gobs, Forbidden City etc etc - and he does so in such an amusing way. Many laugh out louds here for addressing the impact on the senses that Beijing holds for the first time visitor from the west. If your first visit to China is, say, Hong Kong or Shanghai then this culture shock is not so noticeable and you miss out on the 'take three steps back' fun.However, this can not be 5* because, although repeatedly pleading to the contrary, he is just a blinkered middle-class catholic white boy who is, forthemost, at odds with behaviours other than his own. Yeah! class in an age where class is supposed to be doodly-squat. This tenseness is compounded when friendfromhighschool 'Jack' arrives; jack is an ousted Republican politician (can't remember the exact moniker for his political calibre) who killed a party dead by the mention of GW Bush.4.5*