Monday, August 03, 2015

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos (Book 2014)

So this book was pretty good, but it dragged on for way too long. It essentially was formatted in a manner that resembled a compilation of non-fiction short stories that the author either uncovered from research or from interviews. Interestingly enough I already knew of a bunch of these stories from my light reading through the interwebs.

The content of the book was very good and thorough, but I think there's an issue with the delivery. After the first few "stories", I started getting really bored and I just wanted to be finished with the whole thing. There wasn't a unifying plot to push the book along other than it was all about China. Stories jumped around from business, to environment, to economics, to journalism, etc. I don't even remember what happened in the beginning of the book because it pretty much had nothing to do with the stories at the end.

I know it must be difficult to actually write a book on the whole developing country of China and have it all link up somehow, but yeah it didn't keep my attention as one solid piece of work.
Rating - Mid