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Peter Hessler: The author, an American who went to China for the Peace Corps and ended up spending much of his adult life there.
Mimi Kuo-Deemer: Hessler's photographer friend with whom he shared a rustic rented weekend country house. At one period a girlfriend but eventually just good friends.
Wei Jia: A charming little boy from Hessler's village of Sancha. He named Hessler "Monster" and when he was told to be more respectful changed it to "Uncle Monster".
Mr. Wang: The patient car rental agent at Capital Motors in Beijing who would find it funny and fascinating when Hessler would return cars in various states of wrecked.
There are still empty roads in China, especially on the western steppes, where the highways to the Himalayas carry little traffic other than dust and wind.
Book 1 The Wall
Book 2 The Village Book 3 The Factory
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