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The silent traveller in London = Lundun za sui

Author: 蔣彝, 1903-1977. by Chiang Yee. ; Yee Chiang
Publisher: Oxford : Signal, 2002, 1938.
Series: Lost and found series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By the 1930s Western books about China were common. But a book about the West, and particularly London, written by a Chinese author, was a rarity - and continues to be so. Chiang Yee's account of London, first published in 1938, is original in more ways than one. Not only one of the first widely available books written by a Chinese author in English, it also reverses the conventions of travel writing. For here the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Travel literature
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 蔣彝, 1903-1977. by Chiang Yee. ; Yee Chiang
ISBN: 190266941X 9781902669410 1902669401 9781902669403
OCLC Number: 59453018
Notes: Originally published: London : Country Life Ltd., 1939.
Description: xvi, 216 pages : illustrations, 1 portrait ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction ---
Part I. London Scene. 1. Spring in London ---
2. Summer in London ---
3. Autumn in London ---
4. Winter in London ---
5. London Fog ---
6. London under the Moon ---
7. London in Snow ---
8. London in Wind and Rain ---
9. The River Thames ----
Part II. London Life. 10. About Children ---
11. On Books ---
12. About Statues ---
13. A Study of Names ---
14. At Galleries ---
15. On Plays and Films ---
16. About Teatime ---
17. On Food ---
18. On Drink or Wine ---
19. On Men ---
20. On Women ---
21. On Old Age ---
22. Some Personalities ---
23. Conclusion.
Series Title: Lost and found series.
Other Titles: Lundun za sui
Responsibility: by Chiang Yee.

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First published in 1938, this book by Chiang Yee was one of the first available titles written in English by a Chinese author, but it also reversed the expected conventions of travel writing, as the  Read more...

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"utterly charming..." - Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

 
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