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  • Author:
    Polly Evans
  • ISBN:
    0385339933
  • ISBN13:
    978-0385339933
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    Delta; 1st Printing edition (September 26, 2006)
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    320 pages
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In her second book, Fried Eggs with Chopsticks, Evans comes up with an equally wacky idea: capture for . This book offers a fast frolic through some Chinese history and culture, one woman's travel experiences in the Middle Kingdom, and a healthy dose of with humor.

In her second book, Fried Eggs with Chopsticks, Evans comes up with an equally wacky idea: capture for herself this unique moment in China's history, viewing the country's key sites, using only public transportation. It makes good airplane or beach reading.

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Fried Eggs with Chopsticks. One Woman's Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own. Polly Evans. Polly Evans’s itinerary for China was simple: travel by luxurious high-speed train and long-distance bus, glide along the Grand Canal and hike up scenic mountains. Instead, the linguistically impaired adventurer found herself on a primitive sleeper-minibus where sleep was out of the question; perched atop a tiny mule on a remote mountain pass; and attempting a dubious ferry ride down the Yangtze River.

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One Woman’s Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own. By Polly Evans. From battling six-year-olds in kung-fu class to discovering Starbucks in Hangzhou, Polly relives her Asian adventure with humor, enthusiasm, frustration, and determination. About Fried Eggs with Chopsticks.

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Polly Evans’s itinerary for China was simple: travel by luxurious high-speed train and long-distance bus, glide along the Grand Canal and hike up scenic mountains. Instead, the linguistically impaired adventurer found herself on a primitive sleeper-minibus where sleep was out of the question; perched atop a tiny mule on a remote mountain pass; and attempting a dubious ferry ride down the Yangtze River. Polly was getting to know China in a way she’d never expected–and would never, ever forget. From battling six-year-olds in kung-fu class to discovering Starbucks in Hangzhou, Polly relives her Asian adventure with humor, enthusiasm, frustration, and determination. Whether she’s viewing the embalmed cadaver of Chairman Mao or drinking yak-butter tea, this is Polly’s eye-opening account of a culture torn between stunning modern architecture and often bizarre ancient mysteries…and of her attempt to solve the ultimate gastronomic conundrum: how exactly does one eat a soft-fried egg with chopsticks

Uylo
I was really surprised by the reviews here--so many of them accuse Evans of not adequately preparing for her trip to China, despite the fact that she studied Mandarin for a year before she left!

Evans presents a pretty typical western view of China, and she's being vilified for it in these reviews. Why is it such a big deal that Evans was disgusted with the constant spitting in China? It's silly to expect people who have grown up in a different culture to not be turned off by this sort of thing. Call it cultural insensitivity if you will, but by my standards, shooting snot onto your dinner plate in a restaurant when you've finished eating is gross.

The real problem with this book is that Evans presents no passion for traveling. I assume she must have one or she wouldn't be a travel writer, but this book reads like someone gave her a contract and she had to write a book. It seemed that she just went down a list of cities and ticked them off, telling us nothing about herself, why she was doing this or what she learned from it all. There just wasn't a lot of depth. I liked the disgusting details she included about the toilets, the snot, etc. but that isn't quite enough to make an engaging read. 2.5 stars.
Aver
I liked this book! I thought it was enjoyable to read a single woman's perspective of traveling through China. I have quite a few friends that live in China. And from what I've heard, it's a pretty realistic depiction of what it can be like. The author's humor is a bit dry and tongue in cheek, but I enjoy that at times. Didn't feel at all that she was ranting against China or complaining-- in fact, quite the opposite, I thought she liked China well enough, but was being realistic about her experiences from a Westerner's viewpoint-- not everything in life is butterflies & roses! Don't get me wrong, it's not a page turner. But I think it's a good book to have on one's short list if you're interested in travel and China.
Mr_Jeйson
While the catchy title of this latest China travel book should make you want to grab it off a shelf for a quick browse, the concept behind the book should make you want to buy it and keep on reading.

Polly Evans established herself as a new breed of travel writer with her first book, It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels. In Spain she experienced more than her share of humorous happenings by attempting to cover one thousand miles in just six weeks, as a lone woman on a bicycle. In her second book, Fried Eggs with Chopsticks, Evans comes up with an equally wacky idea: capture for herself this unique moment in China's history, viewing the country's key sites, using only public transportation. Are you laughing already? Or gasping in shock at her naiveté?

The book's title itself sums up a universal foreigner-in-China experience: things that should be simple and easy are often complicated, difficult, and surprisingly time consuming. And sometimes even impossible. The premise of Evans' Chinese adventure seems very simple: travel through China like the locals do. Like her attempt to gracefully eat fried eggs with chopsticks, the author discovered what a challenge seemingly easy things can become here, especially if you come to the journey ill prepared. Naturally, she finds herself in many situations we expats will recognize and appreciate.

Though the ride was wild, as Evans reached her targets by plane, boat, taxi, train, and even by mule, she was still able to find the humor in many frustrating situations as she attempted to absorb the country's history and culture. "Eating a fried egg with chopsticks, I thought as I sat on the bus to Nanjing some hours later, bears small-scale similarities to the greater trials of traveling around China as a foreigner. It is frustrating and frequently ludicrous. Sometimes it is funny. Small tasks take infinitely longer than they should. You look ridiculous, often. But in the end, pride shattered, patience tried, and seemingly against all odds, you do in fact arrive. And then somebody comes along, smiling, and points out the easier route you should have taken." China is fascinating and wonderful, but hard work, she concludes. Given all of the wacky things that happened to her, I sometimes wondered if the only thing keeping her going was knowing that she would get a book out of the trip, if she survived!

This book offers a fast frolic through some Chinese history and culture, one woman's travel experiences in the Middle Kingdom, and a healthy dose of with humor. It makes good airplane or beach reading.
Sironynyr
Ms. Evans puts an entertaining spin on everything she writes. Included is not just the adventure she has taken on but she sheds an interesting take on the historical significance of the location as well. And I love her insight regarding the locals. I also read her book "It's Not About the Tapas" and felt like I was having a conversation with an optimist - that's the best way I can describe it.
Uaha
Have to have this book because the writer went to the sames places I have been and encountered the same experiences. The writing properly sums up my experiences.
Danial
This is a good, fast, and informative read. Be prepared to be shocked and perhaps a bit disgusted because of the graphic explanations of what is done in public. I've never had a great desire to travel to China. Now that I have read the book, I'm not ever going there. The book is filled with great and very interesting historical information.

If you want a really great read by the same author get: It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels
Kearanny
POLLY EVANS IS WONDERFUL AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T LIKE HER BOOKS DON'T HAVE A SESE OF HUMOR I READ THEM ALL AND THEY ARE HILARIOUS I LOVED THEM.
Polly Evans is so funny and so British, I love her humor and you feel like you have been in the country with her.