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Yellow River Odyssey

Author : Bill Porter
ISBN : 0988769301
Genre : Photography
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The author traces his journey along the Yellow River from its mouth to its source, a trip that takes him through the cradle of Chinese civilization and the hometowns of key historical figures to reveal a complex and contradictory country.

Finding Them Gone

Author : Red Pine
ISBN : 9781619321526
Genre : Poetry
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"A travel writer with a cult following."—The New York Times "There are very few westerners who could successfully cover so much territory in China, but Porter pulls it off. Finding Them Gone uniquely draws upon his parallel careers as a translator and a travel writer in ways that his previous books have not. A lifetime devoted to understanding Chinese culture and spirituality blossoms within its pages to create something truly rare."—The Los Angeles Book Review To pay homage to China's greatest poets, renowned translator Bill Porter—who is also known by his Chinese name "Red Pine"—traveled throughout China visiting dozens of poets' graves and performing idiosyncratic rituals that featured Kentucky bourbon and reading poems aloud to the spirits. Combining travelogue, translations, history, and personal stories, this intimate and fast-paced tour of modern China celebrates inspirational landscapes and presents translations of classical poems, many of which have never before been translated into English. Porter is a former radio commentator based in Hong Kong who specialized in travelogues. As such, he is an entertaining storyteller who is deeply knowledgeable about Chinese culture, both ancient and modern, who brings readers into the journey—from standing at the edge of the trash pit that used to be Tu Mu's grave to sitting in Han Shan's cave where the Buddhist hermit "Butterfly Woman" serves him tea. Illustrated with over one hundred photographs and two hundred poems, Finding Them Gone combines the love of travel with an irrepressible exuberance for poetry. As Porter writes: "The graves of the poets I'd been visiting were so different. Some were simple, some palatial, some had been plowed under by farmers, and others had been reduced to trash pits. Their poems, though, had survived... Poetry is transcendent. We carry it in our hearts and find it there when we have forgotten everything else." In praise of Bill Porter/Red Pine: "In the travel writing that has made him so popular in China, Porter's tone is not reverential but explanatory, and filled with luminous asides... His goal is to tell interested foreigners about revealing byways of Chinese culture."—New York Review of Books “Porter is an amiable and knowledgeable guide. The daily entries themselves fit squarely in the travelogue genre, seamlessly combining the details of his routes and encounters with the poets’ biographies, Chinese histories, and a generous helping of the poetry itself. Porter’s knowledge of the subject and his curation of the poems make this book well worth reading for travelers and poetry readers alike. It’s like a survey course in Chinese poetry—but one in which the readings are excellent, the professor doesn’t take himself too seriously, and the field trips involve sharing Stagg bourbon with the deceased.”—Publishers Weekly "Red Pine's out-of-the-mainstream work is canny and clearheaded, and it has immeasurably enhanced Zen/Taoist literature and practice."—Kyoto Journal "Bill Porter has been one of the most prolific translators of Chinese texts, while also developing into a travel writer with a cult following."—The New York Times "Red Pine's succinct and informative notes for each poem are core samples of the cultural, political, and literary history of China." —Asian Reporter Poets’ graves visited (partial list): Li Pai, Tu Fu, Wang Wei, Su Tung-p’o, Hsueh T’ao, Chia Tao, Wei Ying-wu, Shih-wu (Stonehouse), Han-shan (Cold Mountain). Bill Porter (a.k.a. "Red Pine") is widely recognized as one of the world's finest translators of Chinese religious and poetic texts. His best-selling books inc

Business Review Weekly

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ISBN : UCSD:31822005554779
Genre : Business
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Journeys On The Silk Road

Author : Conrad Walters
ISBN : 9781742627526
Genre : History
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The remarkable story of the world's oldest printed book begins in a meditation cave on the edge of the Gobi Desert. In 1900, a monk who guarded the sacred Caves of the Thousand Buddhas in western China discovered a hidden library that had been sealed for more than a thousand years. When explorer Aurel Stein arrived during a dangerous and secret journey in 1907, he persuaded the monk to part with some of the treasures, including a copy of the Diamond Sutra - dated AD868. Printed 500 years before Gutenberg's famous Bible, the discovery has illuminated the spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road and coincided with the growing appeal of this ancient tradition in the West. The Diamond Sutra, a key teaching of the Buddha, has influenced Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation and continues to inspire the Dalai Lama. Written by respected journalists Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters, Journeys on the Silk Road is an explorer's tale, a literary investigation, an evocation of the travelling power of the book and of the impact of a spiritual tradition that has resonated with the modern world.

Collins Illustrated Guide To The Silk Road

Author : Judy Bonavia
ISBN : UVA:X001491782
Genre : Travel
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Central Asia

Author : Bradley Mayhew
ISBN : 0864426739
Genre : Travel
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In 1955, four intrepid Brits set out on a 'bit of an adventure'. They planned to drive to London from Kenya in an eight horse-power Morris Traveller - via the Sahara desert that turned their joyride into a nightmare, when their jaunt across the sands ended in a desperate fight for survival. This tells their story.


Author : Jim Haberl
ISBN : 0969844204
Genre : American and Canadian K2 Expedition, 1993
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Jim Haberl's compelling and gorgeously illustrated first-person account of his successful 1993 assault on K2, the storied Himalayan mountain second only to Everest in altitude, bristles with danger and glistens with the splendor of his experience. You are at his side as he describes, step by step, the arduous ascent he and his companions forged to the top. He spares no detail of his emotions along the way -- exhilaration at his moment standing atop the world, and devastation at the death of his close friend and climbing partner, Dan Culver, on their descent from the peak. Destined to become a classic of mountaineering lore, K2: Dreams and Reality will earn a cherished place on the bookshelves of experienced mountaineers and armchair explorers alike. K2: Dreams and Reality is the fifth book in the Raincoast Journeys series.

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