Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside: A Novel by Quincy Carroll focuses on Thomas and Daniel, two American teachers living in China. The book is a fascinating character study, and it also taught me about different aspects of Chinese culture. The writing seemed very realistic, as if the characters were people I might observe in real life. I like how the readers are able to see both Thomas and Daniel’s perspectives; because the two men are polar opposites, it creates an interesting dynamic. The characters themselves are not always likeable, but many of the struggles they face are relatable. The book made me think about issues such as idealism and self-identity; it is the kind of novel that encourages reflection and deep thinking.
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