hedgehog对《Country Driving》的笔记(14)

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Country Driving
  • 书名: Country Driving
  • 作者: Peter Hessler
  • 副标题: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
  • 页数: 448
  • 出版社: Harper
  • 出版年: 2010-2-9
  • 第25页
    At midnight the tent was suddently bathed in light. Startled, I awoke and sat bolt upright, thingking that it was headlights of an approaching car. Fumbling with the tent flap, I llloed outside and realized that the full moon had just broken the horizon. Everything elese was normal: the empty dirt track, the parked City Special. Down below, the lights of Ninglu village had been extinguished, and the rising moon cast shadows across the steppe. For a moment I sat still, waiting for my fear to settle, hearing nothing but the wind the pounding of my heart.
    2013-01-31 15:15:56 回应
  • 第33页
    To drive across China was to find yourself in the middle of the largest migration in human history - nearly one-tenth of the population was on the road, finding new lives away from home.
    2013-02-02 14:15:19 回应
  • 第68页
    That's the nature of a country in transition: something is always being abandoned while something else is always being built. The people are in constant motion - they'are on trains, in buses, on boats. They stand beside rurual roads, petting the invisible dogs, looking for a ride south.
    2013-02-03 14:14:17 回应
  • 第95页
    Chinese crowds behave in unpredicable ways, especially in remote places like Yanchi. There isn't much to do, and even a minor incident in the street draws attention. Most onlookers are passive, at least in the beginning - they simply want to see what's happening. But as more people show up, and the crowd swells, it can develop its own momentum. They might encourage a disagreement to develop into a full-fledged fight, or they might turn suddently against an individual. The final direction is never easy to anticipate, because it depends largely on whether some dominant personality emerges within the group. A single outspoken person can sway an entire incident, inspiring the crowd to action.
    I think this is universal, rather than "Chinese crowds"
    2013-02-04 17:03:22 回应
  • 第99页
    The gas-station girls are attentive, polite, and friendly, but they were hopeless when it came to directions. This was a common problem - I spent an enormous amount of time trying to find people who could give reliable information..... The absolute worst thing that a driver could do was open a map. It was like handing over a puzzle to a child - people's faces went from confusion to fascination as they turned the map this way and that, tracing lines across the page.
    EXACTLY!
    2013-02-04 17:07:22 回应
  • 第105页
    <原文开始>I always liked talking to Chinese truckers, who are among the purest entrepreneurs in the country..... Of all the professional drivers in China, they're the most skilled. Cabbies are too aggressive, because stakes are low: city traffic moves slowly and nobody cares much about dents. And long-distance bus drivers are the worst. They never own the buees, and their pay depends on a percentage of ticket sales. This gives them incentive to speed, especially in a country where the highway patrol consists of signs and statues. Whenever I read about a terrible accident, it usually involves a long-distance bus.</
    But truckers rarely make me nevous. Most are too overload to drive fast, and they don't take risks, because they own their vehicles.原文结束>
    2013-02-04 17:34:08 回应
  • 第263页
    这是作家在看到Wei家对待小孩子,允许他不运动吃垃圾食物整天看电视,而又不鼓励他冬天吃水果喝水(伤“气”)时说的话
    It was typical that the father responded to the boy's health problem 不用changing his 那么. Sometimes they seemed to grasp instinctively at the worst of both worlds: the worst modern habits, the worst traditional beliefs.
    2013-02-10 16:04:03 回应
  • 第263页
    The longer I lived in China, the more I worried about how people responded to rapid change. This wasn't an issue of modernization, at least not in the absolute sense; I never opposed progress. I understood why people were eager to escape poverty, and I had a deep respect for their willingness to work and adapt. But there were costs when this process happened so fast. Often the problems were subtle - this was hard to recognize as an outsider. In the West, newspaper stories about China tended to focus on the dramatic and the political, and they emphasized the risk of instability, especially the localized protests that often occurred in the countryside. But from what I saw, the nation's greatest turmoil was more personal and internal. Many people were earching; they longed for some kind of religious or philosophical truth, and they wanted a meaningful connection with others. They had trouble applying past experiences to current challenges. Parents and children occupied different worlds, and marriages were complicated - rarely did I know a Chinese couple who seemed happy together. It was all but impossible for people to keep their bearing in a country that changed so fast.
    2013-02-10 16:10:27 回应
  • 第315页
    "Girls have more patience and they're easier to handle," he explained. "Men are more trouble - they start fights or cause some other problem." When I asked about the ideal worker, Boss Wang said that she should be young and inexperience. "If she's already had other jobs, then I'll just have to pay her more," he said. For the same reason he preferred a candidate to have little formal education. It was a bad sign if she dressed well or had a distinctive hairstyle. Pretty gilrls were a sick. "I want a person to look average," Boss Wang said. "I don't want somebody who's too complicated. I don't want somebody who thinks, 'If I feel like doing something, then I'm going to do it.' That's no good for me." One of Boss Wang's questions in job interviews was to ask about hobbies. If a candidate said "Playing cards" or "Spending time with friendss," that was a negative - too frivolous. "Reading books" indicate that an applicant was lazy. Worst of all was a job candidate who said she spent free time on the Internet. "I like it if she enjoys being with her family, or caring for her mother, or something like that," Boss Wang said. "That's what a simple person from the countryside should be like. I want somebody who can eat bitterness."
    2013-02-14 00:11:25 回应
  • 第321页
    After the woman left the room, I asked Mr. Cao if he worried about the kind of person who falsifies her government document. "No, that's a good sign," he said. "It ust means she really wants to work. Somebody like that is probably going to be a good worker." Initiative mattered most, regardless of how bosses imagined ideal employees. Often they made them sound like automatons - over and over, Boss Wang and others told me that they wanted applicants to be young, inexperienced, and uneducated. They didn't want distinctive hairstyle; they didn't want people with hobbies; they didn't need opinions on the work floor. But the truth was that even the most pramatic boss was susceptible to a strong personality.
    2013-02-14 00:19:17 回应
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