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Since I started with the page more than 10 years ago I have been posting some book reviews and news. Now that information is going to be expanded with the small summaries that I make (sometimes) for myself after reading a book or an article, or some of the notes that I take after the readings. In some interesting books that I have not been able to read or of which I do not keep any notes, I may put the text provided by the publisher.

I think all readers will be able to distinguish when it is a personal opinion, when it is an excerpt from the work, and when it is material provided by the publisher. 

I have organized the material in the following sections. If you think something is missing, please write to me at the address below.

– Art                                                                                                    

– Buddhism                                                                                      

– Classics of Chinese culture                                                     

– Daoism or Taoism

– Ethnic groups

– Folklore                                                                                          

– Gender, women and matriarchy                                         

– History                                                                                            

– Idiom and language

– Journeys and travels

– Literature and poetry                               

– Myths, tales and legends                                        

– Novels

– Orientalisms. Novels set in China.       

– Philosophy

– Qi Gong, taiji and health techniques.

– Religion                                                           

– Society

– Tibet  

– Zoom on politics and current affairs

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LAST POSTS ABOUT BOOKS ON CHINA

To Serve the People, a satire by Yan Lianke
To Serve the People, a satire by Yan Lianke

To Serve the People, a satire by Yan Lianke In Brief: A biting satire in which the small longings of each person are exposed as the inevitable substratum on which great ideals, such as "serving the people" are built. The censorship of a Chinese work is a powerful...

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua One of the best Chinese novels of the 20th century. Without the apparent search for big ideas, it seduces the reader by its simplicity, and ends up entangling him in its plot. Chronicle of a blood seller, in reality, it is only...

The Grand Canal and the Great Wall
The Grand Canal and the Great Wall

The Grand Canal and the Great Wall In Brief: A brief review showing some of the similarities between the two iconic works of Chinese history and culture, their goals, and their differences. As well as how they both ended up shaping this country. I have always been...

Hong Ying- An Art of Love without art and without love
Hong Ying- An Art of Love without art and without love

Hong Ying- An Art of Love without art and without love In Brief: A scandalous novel that fails to shock, and an art of love that is conspicuous by its absence. Already from the beginning, we know that this is a love story without a future because the novel begins with...

Xin Ran – Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet
Xin Ran – Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

Xin Ran - Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet In Brief: A work full of exoticism that describes some interesting customs of the Tibetan nomads, but fails to convey emotions to the reader. Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet is a novel set in the late 1950s. A...

Mao Dun – Rainbow, a beautiful metaphor about a woman and China
Mao Dun – Rainbow, a beautiful metaphor about a woman and China

Mao Dun - Rainbow, a beautiful metaphor about a woman and China In short: This officially unfinished novel by the writer Mao Dun takes on a life of its own to become a model of the vital development of each person and at the same time of the social effervescence that...

Mao Dun’s Spring Silkworms-A must read
Mao Dun’s Spring Silkworms-A must read

Mao Dun's Spring Silkworms-A must read In short: A set of stories of exacerbated realism by one of the finest pens of 20th century Chinese literature, which no one should miss in order to understand both the literature and the life and history of contemporary China....

Midnight by Mao Dun – a failed novel
Midnight by Mao Dun – a failed novel

Midnight by Mao Dun - a failed novel Before reading "Midnight", the masterpiece of Mao Dun, the most powerful Chinese writer in the twentieth century, reading the presentations of the Chinese edition, one wonders why such a great literary treasure is not better known...

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet
Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet. MiIarepa is one of the most beloved religious leaders of Tibet. His story, full of unique facts, has been told again and again over the centuries, and if the publishers did not warn that this is the autobiography written by the holy...

Chinese characters

Chinese characters -person
Chinese characters -person

A sample of the first three pages of the English translation of my book on Chinese characters 人 rén – person, human being • adult • each.  This is a pictogram of a person standing, with legs separated. Person > kind of person > every > other. It is one of the...

Ethnic groups

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet
Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet. MiIarepa is one of the most beloved religious leaders of Tibet. His story, full of unique facts, has been told again and again over the centuries, and if the publishers did not warn that this is the autobiography written by the holy...

Chinese culture

Yan Lianke. The Four Books
Yan Lianke. The Four Books

Yan Lianke. The Four Books The Four Books refers to the famous Four Books of Confucius, the basis of Chinese thought for two millennia. And like those of Confucius, these by Yan Lianke could become a new model for understanding the glories and miseries of human...

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