Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

New Books and Mandarin lessons

Francie and I finally found a bookstore in Beijing that sells English books. We bought a number of classics such as Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’, Dostoyevsky’s ‘Devil’, Wharton’s ‘House of Mirth’ (I’ve read that already–one of my favorites) and Lawerence’s ‘Women in Love’. Now I can read all the classics I missed out on in college.

We are also covered for when we get to Wolong. Now if I can only find an English version of Harry Potter. I mean this is China right? I should be able to find a copy before it is officially released. 😉 Just a little jokey joke there–I haven’t seen any evidence of illegal books, cds, or movies here. None at all. Nope.

We are also taking Mandarin lessons for 1.5 hours a day. We each have our own instructor! We are taking them at ‘That’s Mandarin’ and the lessons are excellent.


July 12, 2007 - Posted by | Beijing, China


  1. Once you get your hands on the new Harry Potter book, please post spoilers about the end. I want to know what characters die… reportedly there might be 2 main character deaths according to the author. kthxbye

    Comment by JoJo | July 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. Greg, if you could just do that, that’d be grrreeeeeaat…

    Comment by francie | July 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. We are counting the days!

    Comment by Cynthia | July 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. There was a piece on Morning Edition on NPR on Friday (three on’s in a row!) about the thriving trade in fake Harry Potter books (not pirated editions, but completely made up stories) in China – Quite funny.

    Comment by Murph | July 15, 2007 | Reply

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