Apologies to My Censor

Apologies to My Censor

The High and Low Adventures of A Foreigner in China

eBook - 2013
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Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2013
ISBN: 9780062124449
0062124447
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 21, 2016

The author accepts a journalism job in China during a time of his life where he's stuck and wondering where to go next (he's Canadian, raised on the prairies, and mid-twenties at the time) and this book chronicles his experiences during the six years he lived in Beijing. It's interesting, and also sometimes pretty funny, but at times he can seem so naive, and self-obsessed, that it's difficult to feel much empathy. Anyways, it's a good read, and I always enjoy non-fiction, so I can recommend this one if you're looking for a slightly different autobiography.

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VRMurphy
May 12, 2014

Moxley has an engaging writing style and I am a confirmed Sinophile, so I enjoyed this to some extent. At least he acknowledges throughout that he wasted a lot of time drinking, slacking off, and not putting a lot of effort into his language lessons; still, I became annoyed at his waste of a tremendous opportunity. I admire his honesty but sure wouldn't hire him. If you are looking for a more detailed account of a Canadian journalist living and working in China, I recommend Jan Wong's books; not exactly the same period but a lot more insight.

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bonnieyes
Aug 18, 2013

I was disappointed in this book. Nothing much happens during his six years in China. There is no climax. I thought perhaps he might be arrested for out-spoken remarks. I have no idea why the author chose that title.

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"In this candid and funny look at expat life and the ways in which a country can change you, a freelance writer shares his outrageous adventures in Beijing, which saw him transform from fake businessman to Chinese propagandist to low-budget music video star." August 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=664860

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