1. What happens on the river in the prologue?
In the prologue, readers follow the body of a deceased man through the waters of the Yangtze River. For miles, his body passes villages, factories, and cliffs, and the body becomes more disfigured. The body continues to float through the Three Gorges, and the narrator discusses the history of the river and the future inundation of the landscape as a result of the building of the Three Gorges Dam. He reaches the dam, where the narrator discusses the great achievement the dam will be. A local farmer cleans the shoreline and finds the body, noting it is a white man, a foreigner.
2. What is Liu Hulan doing at the opening of Chapter 1?
Inspector Liu Hulan of the Ministry of Public Security is at Tienanmen Square in China, pondering the gathering of an assembly of the All Patriotic Society, an illegal religious organization.
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