First Pass Under Heaven

First Pass Under Heaven

A 4,000-kilometre Walk Along the Great Wall of China

Book - 2006
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The epic journey of a New Zealand lawyer, a Buddhist monk, an Argentinean photojournalist, an Italian recording artist and a Mormon golfer, travelling together along the Great Wall of China. Having decided to mark the millennium in cultural, racial and religious harmony, the five men quickly encountered reality- blizzards, lightening strikes, thirst, starvation, snakes and police detention. This is Nathan Gray's account of his 4,000-kilometre trek along the largest man-made structure ever built. His story is remarkable, uncovering the Wall's profound history and revealing insights into China's geopolitical climate, as he shares his personal journey of physical, mental and emotional triumph.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143020677
0143020676
Call Number: 915.1046 G7939f
Characteristics: 267 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map, ports. ; 20 cm

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stockedShelves
Jan 26, 2017

Was dreadfully written. Whilst walking 4000 kilometres is a mighty achievement, I found myself completely underwhelmed by the end of the book. It was unclear (to me) if his side trips to NZ (Farewell Spit) and India for several months (?) with Polly were in the middle of his walk or just interspersed within his story - I suspect they were but there was no proper explanation for them and no dates associated.

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cfchiasson
Oct 22, 2009

Was interesting to learn more about life within China, but his writing style was very scattered and disjointed. Have read much better written accounts of Westerners travelling through different cultures and what they learned.

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