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Jonathan Spence has a wonderful aptitude for lacing you the reader in the front row of historical events In The uestion of Hu I felt as if I was an observer to this incredible story of a Jesuit Best Seller (English Edition) priest who brought a Cantonese man Christian named John Hu to Europe in the early 1700 s This uick read offers insight into Jesuit life in China and Europe and how the well intendedlan to bring Hu to Europe to help with Chinese text explanation ended in his confinement in a lunatic asylum I m not entirely sure what to make of this book Is it an extended ethical dilemma case study or a history book or It was a uick and enjoyable read informative for its size Taken without its The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances preface it is a very imaginatively designed meticulously researched historical sliver of a slice of early 18th century French Catholic society with a curious antirotagonist at its heart a middle aged Cantonese convert who journeys ainfully to Europe and rather smoothly back again that challenges the reader to think again about its deceptively simple story It uses an unusual resent tense narrative style is Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, presented a bit like a diary albeit written by a nearly omniscient narrator and is liberally sprinkled with all kinds of insights into life and society in early 18th century France and to European Chinese relations and their intellectual contextBriefly in 1722 Ruowang John Hu accompanies a Jesuit missionary back to France as a kind of secretary scribe and has a very difficult time of it starting with extreme seasickness continuing through being a very awkward customer and guest in various inns city residences and chapels from Port Louis to Paris and ending up with nearly two years locked up on the grounds of insanity before being sent home soon after to vanish from the historical record The titular uestion of Hu Why have I been locked up is generally further interpreted by readers to be referring a moralroblem about how to treat the Other in an unfamiliar and complex setting and secondarily to the general To Protect His Mate (Wolfe Brothers, puzzlements occasioned by Hu in those who encountered him Throughout the main body book Spence one of the leading Western Sinologists of the last half century leaves these uestions open and writes a most engaging and clear narrative The language barrier seems to have been only a smallart of the uestion of Hu whose intransigence and odd behaviour are never really explained The Jesuit s Star Wars Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader Instruction booklet preoccupation witholitics the small scale stuff that is how to get his books through customs how to Boom protect his reputation how to manage his ownassage through the awkward relations that existed between different sorts of clergy and the French crown and various local authorities and scholarship especially his own ideas about how to interpret the Chinese classics which of course fed back into his ecclesiastical olitical fragility seem to have revented him from really understanding Hu and how to deal with his eccentricities and distress Hu hardly helped himself by showing no interest in learning Fr. This lively and elegant book by the acclaimed historian Jonathan D Spence reconstructs an extraordinary episode in the early intercourse between Europe and China It is the story of John.
Ench by refusing to do the work he was contracted for and engaging in a variety of stubborn apparently random and sometimes destructive activities What struck me was both the generosity and Good Morning, Buddha patience of several of theeople who hosted Hu and the brutality of early modern society and the tremendous limits on what could be done Several reviewers and Spence himself in his Personal Delivery preface have been atains to La Viña de Naboth ,Tomo I point out that their moral stance is that the Jesuit was wrong in how he treated Hu I am not so sure that a summary judgement like that can beassed and the narrative itself Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton preserves the incomprehension and suggests that there really have been This story of a Chinese man s visit to Europe in the early 18th century is a really cool book on a few different levels John Hu accompanied the Jesuit missionary Jean Francois Foucuet on his trip back to France in 1721 to help him with transcribing scholarly materials but by the time they arrived in Europe their relationship had begun to deteriorate This culminated in Foucuet s decision to commit his assistant to an asylum insisting that he s insane and needs to be locked up The big uestion of Spence s story the titular uestion of Hu is whether Hu was rightfully institutionalized or if he was simply mistreated and horribly misunderstood amidst a wash of cultural differencesThe content itself if fascinating but one of the most interesting things about the work is how it straddles the line between being aiece of historical scholarship and being a novel Even after having read it I m not entirely sure I know which one it is Large sections are written in Husband In Training present tense there are multiple viewpoints scenes are very consciously shaped by the author for maximum dramatic impact The emotions of the characters are imagined There are long and rather beautiful sections describing geography and setting Most novel esue of all is the fact that Spence never really answers the uestions he raises and the work ends on a very ambiguous notePersonally I think that sretty cool It s a blurry line between history and lit anyway and I really enjoyed seeing how Spence navigated it It s also just a compelling story in its own right and beautifully written Picked this book in NYC from the Strand This book didn t uite deliver for me It s been a few days since I ve read it and I don t think it left much of an impression on me There s no overarching message to take away it doesn t seem like anyone learned anything It s justsomething that happened As for that I do feel like it was well Live Wire (Elite Ops, presented and well researched but that s about it I m always astounded when I get to read a first hand source about a certain moment in time The fact that Foucuet s memories are still alive and have been made immortalized nearly 300years later makes me love the time and energyut in by the author Spence That being said I think a apt description of this book would be How Foucuet dedicated his life to Chinese history and hilosophy yet still held his Imperialist views. Hu a lowly but devout Chinese Catholic who in 1722 accompanied a Jesuit missionary on a journey to France a journey that ended with Hu's confinement in a lunatic asylum At once a triumph.
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Of ethnocentricity and had flagrant disregard for China s eople He cared about his books than his fellow man even if they were Christian converts no less In all honesty I was expecting I was expecting to actually learn about Hu but in reality it was 95% of the European Religious agenda mixed with Bureaucracy with lots of helpings of ego stroking Very little is mentioned of Hu at all and what is mentioned is nothing but complaints Another Spence gem that recreates the world he evokes with minute detail and sharp vivid Lauras Summer Ballet (Laura, prose This book tells of Hu Ruowang called John Hu a not so scholarly Chinese who may or may not have been mad brought to France in 1721 by a Father Foucuet and eventually imprisoned in a hospital for the insane Spence brings the story to life with 3 A brief but interesting story Spence did an excellent job creating something compelling out of his research materials but even at a mere 134ages this book still has its fair share of adding If you are interested in 18th century France you may not mind I m not so the superfluous bits seemed all the irrita Very engaging story especially considering the matter of fact style Written by an historian making sound rational extrapolations based solidly on the evidence available yet manages to bring the characters to life erhaps the choice of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl present tense helps give it a certain immediacyI don t know how but Spence manages to inspire sympathy for Hu while maintaining a strictrofessional distance from his subject Somehow he brings the European characters closer to the reader and gives every chance for the reader to understand the reasoning for their treatment of Hu and yet that extra closeness reinforces just how despicable their treatment of Hu is Not that Hu is innocent oh no not by any means There are so many ways that Hu could ve handled his situation better And yet it s very hard to blame him All up an intriguing and disconcerting little story Do read this A fascinating account of all of the things that can go wrong when good intentions meet cultural conflicts Foucuet the French Jesuit missionary thinks that he is doing Hu a Christian converta favor taking him from China to France and then to Rome and that Hu can help him by acting as his clerk and translator Foucuet s assumption of Western and Christian superiority is linked to his attempt to Film on the Left prove that the ancient Chinese texts were given to men by the same god that Christians worship in hopes of converting Chinese to Christianity We never really learn what Hu thinks The fact is that Hu never adapts to Western s and winds up in the asylum at Charenton for two years as a result of behavior that he cannot explain and that the French cannot understand Whether Hu really was mad or whether his behavior was the result of loneliness and frustration in an alien culture we will never know And the complexity of the interactions between Christian faith and Chinese culture make this an engaging read idea for a new titleThe uestion of Foucuet s books. Of historical detective work and a gripping narrative The uestion of Hu deftlyrobes the collision of tw ocultures with their different definitions of faith madness and moral obligatio.
Jonathan D Spence is a historian specializing in Chinese history His self selected Chinese name is Shǐ Jǐngiān simplified Chinese 史景迁; traditional Chinese 史景遷 which roughly translates to A historian who admires Sima ianHe has been Sterling Professor of History at Yale University since 1993 His most famous book is The Search for Modern China which has become one of the standard texts