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New book offers a glimpse into the city's urban life

By China Daily | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-04-16 10:44

My Experience Driving a Taxi in Shanghai [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Recently published under the pen name Heitao, the nonfiction work My Experience Driving a Taxi in Shanghai presents a compelling narrative of various taxi stories from the perspective of an everyday individual, drawing from the author's personal encounters while driving a taxi in Shanghai.

The book not only delves into the daily lives and working conditions of taxi drivers but also paints a vivid picture of the urban landscape and historical tapestries of Shanghai. Written in a rich and engaging style, the stories are laced with humor and conciseness, offering a captivating portrayal of the city.

This nonfiction work has been likened to the taxi version of Midnight Diner, brimming with human warmth and originality, capable of both captivating and comforting the reader's heart.

Heitao, who has explored various occupations, including magazine editing, running a small shop, temporary government work, and taxi driving, described his driving experience filled with surprises — everything seems fascinating, and everyone appears amiable. Despite encountering occasional challenges, he embraces life's imperfections, believing that life's allure lies in navigating the balance between certainty and uncertainty.

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