The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds
China has transfixed the West since the earliest contacts between these civilizations. With his characteristic elegance and insight, Jonathan Spence explores how the West has understood China over seven centuries. Ranging from Marco Polo's own depiction of China and the mighty Khan, Kublai, in the 1270s to the China sightings of three twentieth-century writers of acknowledged genius-Kafka, Borges, and Calvino-Spence conveys Western thought on China through a remarkable array of expression. Peopling Spence's account are Iberian adventurers, Enlightenment thinkers, spinners of the dreamy cult of Chinoiserie, and American observers such as Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Ezra Pound, and Eugene O'Neill. Taken together, these China sightings tell us as much about the self-image of the West as about China. "Wonderful. . . . Spence brilliantly demonstrates [how] generation after generation of Westerners [have] asked themselves, 'What is it . . . that held this astonishing, diverse, and immensely populous land together?' " - New York Times Book Review
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I love the approach he takes with this book. The various western perspectives if China, and the beliefs and experiences that led to them, are explained and examined. Excellent, intelligent writing.
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Super interesting. It's divided by periods, starting from Marco Polo and his less-known predecessors and contemporaries, and deals with adventurers, explorers, merchants, missionaries and writers like ... Read full review
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