• The Water Kingdom

  • A Secret History of China
  • By: Philip Ball
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries. Water has been so integral to China's culture, economy, and growth and development that it provides a window on the whole sweep of Chinese history. In The Water Kingdom, renowned writer Philip Ball opens that window to offer an epic and powerful new way of thinking about Chinese civilization.
Water, Ball shows, is a key that unlocks much of Chinese culture. In The Water Kingdom, he takes us on a grand journey through China's past and present, showing how the complexity and energy of the country and its history repeatedly come back to the challenges, opportunities, and inspiration provided by the waterways.
Drawing on stories from travelers and explorers, poets and painters, bureaucrats and activists, all of whom have been influenced by an environment shaped and permeated by water, Ball explores how the ubiquitous relationship of the Chinese people to water has made it an enduring metaphor for philosophical thought and artistic expression.
©2016 Philip Ball (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic reviews

"This is a one-stop examination of water's primacy in Chinese history, and a well-written one at that." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Luca Nicotra on 14-06-18

Excellent overview of China's history

On the importance of water ways in the history of China, both practically and symbolically.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Forest Swallow on 05-03-18

Real History with great narrative

What made the experience of listening to The Water Kingdom the most enjoyable?

Worthwhile read about the history of China. Very well thought out connections between the geography and landscape of the country and how this has influenced it as a nation over the centuries. The narrative is easy to follow and moves along at a fast pace without compromising accuracy. Highly recommend even if you’re casually interested in history; but especially recommend if you’re a student/enthusiast of history.

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