Barbarian Lost

Barbarian Lost

Travels in the New China

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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The number one national bestseller and a Hill-Times Best Book of the Year

To this day, China remains an enigma. Ancient, complex and fast moving, it defies easy understanding.

Ever since he was a boy, Alexandre Trudeau has been fascinated by this great county. Recounting his experiences in the China of recent years, Trudeau visits artists and migrant workers, townspeople and rural farmers. Often accompanied by a young Chinese journalist, Vivien, he explores realities caught in time between the China of our memories and the thrust of progress. The China he seeks out lurks in hints and shadows. It flickers dimly amidst all the glare and noise. The people he encounters along the way give up but small secrets yet each revelation comes as a surprise that jolts us from our preconceived ideas and forces us to challenge our most secure notions.

Barbarian Lost, Trudeau's first book, is an insightful and witty account of the dynamic changes going on right now in China, as well as a look back into the deeper history of this highly codified society. On the ground with the women and men who make China tick, Trudeau shines new light on the country as only a traveller with his storytelling abilities could.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781443441407
Branch Call Number: 951.061 Tru
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm.

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Discover China from the perspective of a foreigner enthralled by all that the country has to offer, from the cities to isolated villages, offering an outside perspective (sometimes more devil's advocate than anything) balanced against a native Chinese translator hired to guide Trudeau throughout ... Read More »


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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 24, 2016

I think there is some decent writing about China here. And I don't hold his family legacy against Trudeau. Worth a read for me.

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santiano9
Dec 04, 2016

Interesting but writing is a bit stilted.

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Eileen_Floody
Nov 11, 2016

Thin, self-absorbed, and not worth the time. I learned nothing new about China, and I don't think Trudeau did either.

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