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An Australian in China Being the Narrative of a Quiet Journey Across China to Burma   By: (1862-1920)

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In "An Australian in China: Being the Narrative of a Quiet Journey Across China to Burma" by George Ernest Morrison, readers are taken on a fascinating adventure through the heartland of China. Presented as a narrative of his personal experiences, Morrison, an Australian journalist, provides a unique and insightful perspective on the country during the late 19th century.

Morrison's writing style effortlessly captivates the reader from the very beginning, as he recounts his initial impressions of China's landscapes, people, and customs. His vivid descriptions transport us to each location, allowing us to visualize the beauty of the natural scenery, bustling cities, and historical landmarks he encounters along his journey. Through his observations, Morrison skillfully captures the essence of the Chinese culture, offering valuable insights into the country's traditions, beliefs, and way of life.

As an Australian traveler, Morrison possesses a distinct perspective that sets his account apart from other travel narratives of the time. His interactions with both locals and fellow foreigners reveal the cross-cultural dynamics of the era, shedding light on the complex relationship between China and the outside world. Additionally, he manages to convey the inherent challenges and rewards of traveling in such a vast, diverse, and unfamiliar land, making readers feel connected to his experiences.

One of the most intriguing aspects of "An Australian in China" is its historical relevance. Morrison's journey took place during a crucial period in China's history, marked by political and social upheaval. He offers a first-hand account of the Boxer Rebellion, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the tensions and conflicts lurking beneath the surface during this period. Morrison's observations help to illuminate the historical context in which he traveled, making the book an invaluable resource for those interested in China's past.

Aside from its historical significance, the book also serves as an engaging travelogue. Morrison's narrative is complimented by a treasure trove of illustrations, photographs, and maps that enhance the reading experience. These visual aids not only provide a visual depiction of the places and people he encounters, but they also serve as valuable references for readers seeking to better understand and explore the areas described.

While "An Australian in China" is undoubtedly an enthralling and informative read, it does have its shortcomings. At times, Morrison's detailed descriptions and lengthy digressions may feel overwhelming to readers seeking a more concise account. Furthermore, the book's language and cultural norms may feel outdated to some readers, requiring them to approach the narrative with an understanding of the historical context in which it was written.

Overall, "An Australian in China" is a remarkable travel narrative that transports readers to a bygone era and offers a valuable glimpse into the heart of China. George Ernest Morrison's eloquent writing and unique perspective make this book a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese history, travel literature, or cross-cultural understanding. With its rich descriptions and historical insights, this captivating journey will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on readers.

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Transcriber's Note: Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the bottom of this document. Macrons are shown as [=o] and [=u]

[Illustration: THE AUTHOR IN WESTERN CHINA.]

AN AUSTRALIAN IN CHINA

BEING THE NARRATIVE OF A QUIET JOURNEY ACROSS CHINA TO BURMA

BY GEORGE ERNEST MORRISON M.D. EDIN., F.R.G.S.

THIRD EDITION

LONDON: HORACE COX WINDSOR HOUSE, BREAM'S BUILDINGS E.C.

MDCCCCII

TO

JOHN CHIENE, M.D.,

F.R.C.S.E., F.R.S.E., ETC.,

PROFESSOR OF SURGERY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH,

WHO GAVE ME BACK THE POWER OF LOCOMOTION.

I GRATEFULLY

INSCRIBE THIS VOLUME.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGES INTRODUCTORY MAINLY ABOUT MISSIONARIES AND THE CITY OF HANKOW 1 11

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