Review: China In Another Time

China In Another Time: A Personal Story


The daughter of a missionary doctor, Claire Malcolm Lintilhac was born in China,
became a nurse there, and lived and worked through China’s whole momentous first half of the 20th century. Opening a unique window into the making of the world’s
newest yet oldest superpower, China in Another Time — with over 160 photos and drawings — is Claire’s own story.

A remarkable true story that opens a window on the dramatic decades that made today’s China. Born in China’s interior as the daughter of a Canadian medical missionary, Claire
Malcolm Lintilhac learned fluent Chinese, became a traveling nurse and lived through the whole momentous first half of China’s 20th century. After her family barely escaped the bloody Boxer Rebellion of 1900, Claire witnessed firsthand the years of civil war that followed China’s short-lived Nationalist Revolution of 1911. In the 1930s — as Claire cared for patients both Western and Chinese, fell in love and started a family — she survived Japan’s two horrific attacks on Shanghai, and her British husband Lin was interned by the Japanese in a Shanghai camp during World War II.

In 1949 Claire watched as China’s greatest city fell to the Communist Party, and in 1950 she, Lin and their son Philip finally left the country they loved. Illustrated with over 160 photos and drawings, China in Another Time is Claire’s vividly personal account of China’s struggle to become its own modern nation, from the last imperial dynasty to the advent of Communist rule. With an introduction by eminent China scholar Nicholas Clifford, professor emeritus at Middlebury College.

Rating: 5-stars


China In Another Time by Claire Lintilhac is a great historical recount of China and her time there. I loved the pictures and descriptions throughout the book. They helped enhance the personal account from the writer. Claire’s writing was well-done. I was intrigued about her experience and journey of China. China’s culture, people, and history came alive among these pages. I can definitely see this book in school libraries. It was a very interesting read.

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