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2.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 5 2.90 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wang Gang Narrator: Michael Sun Lee Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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Twelve-year-old Love Liu, who lives in Zinjiang, China, loves languages and studying English. His friendship with his English teacher is one of the few constants in his life as China's Cultural Revolution rages.

Here is a captivating coming-of-age novel in the tradition of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

Translated by Martin Merz and Jane Weizhen Pan. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachielle | 2/20/2014

    " A young boy's love affair with the English language against the backdrop of China's repression under Mao Tse Tung. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanja | 2/18/2014

    " I came across this book very shortly after having read 'The Vagrants', a book that I simply loved. Both are set in Communist China, in small towns in the country site. Both have their share of misfits, of small events leading to big consequences later on, of failed dreams and lives cut short. Both do a great job of bringing to life an era and culture that is as interesting as it is frightening, as familiar as it is strange. It is a good book, but in the immediate comparison, this novel did not leave as big an imprint on me as 'The Vagrants'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chin Hwa | 2/13/2014

    " It has a delightful premise: a young boy in a remote city in Northwestern China - Urumqi - falling in love with the English language during the cultural revolution. It's the boy's English teacher who inspires him. As an English teacher, how could I resist this book? However, the plot is not too consistent, jumping around a bit, and the characterization needs a bit more development. The book did inspire in me a great curiosity in Urumqi and Xinjiang province but I just wish it had opened my eyes a bit more to life there... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjanne | 1/27/2014

    " I was expecting to like this novel better. While there were some insights into Chinese culture, the plot just didn't do anything for me. I'm not sure if I really understand the main character's fascination with his English teacher, or why the teacher favors him so much. The story was also confusing in places. I hope this authors other works are better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 1/8/2014

    " I liked the beginning, but was flipping the pages towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Brookes | 12/20/2013

    " This has to be one of my favourite books. I just couldn't put it down, it was a joy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/1/2013

    " The book was ok. I didn't like the main character much, as I thought he acted stupidly in parts of the book. But, maybe I just don't get teenage boys' thought processes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 11/30/2013

    " This was a great book! As Americans we have very little knowledge of the cultural revolution in China. Especially not how if affected the daily life of just plain citizens, this book shares some real experiences without focusing on the severe horror of the extreme violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex M. | 10/17/2012

    " More interesting now, after the events in Xinjiang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2012

    " Think there was something lost in translation here... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred Gorrell | 12/25/2011

    " A compelling and disturbing picture of the lives of the intelligentsia in rural China. This narrative is a case study of the damage visited on the human spirit by bad situations; Zimbardo's work comes to mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 7/30/2010

    " I learned more about the cultural revolution in China from the viewpoint of a boy growing up in a remote town in Western China. His love of learning English from a devoted teacher is remarkable when I consider how I take speaking English for granted. Beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heep | 7/20/2010

    " It starts with promise and the story is set in an interesting context. It descends from there and becomes repetitive and seemingly pointless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/30/2010

    " Think there was something lost in translation here... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 4/18/2010

    " I learned more about the cultural revolution in China from the viewpoint of a boy growing up in a remote town in Western China. His love of learning English from a devoted teacher is remarkable when I consider how I take speaking English for granted. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/2/2009

    " This was a great book! As Americans we have very little knowledge of the cultural revolution in China. Especially not how if affected the daily life of just plain citizens, this book shares some real experiences without focusing on the severe horror of the extreme violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 9/8/2009

    " Started out great, but tended to drag a bit through the middle. Overall though, good read.

    The cover though, is one of the best I've ever seen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meng | 7/22/2009

    " More interesting now, after the events in Xinjiang. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 6/22/2009

    " I liked the beginning, but was flipping the pages towards the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 5/29/2009

    " The book was ok. I didn't like the main character much, as I thought he acted stupidly in parts of the book. But, maybe I just don't get teenage boys' thought processes. "

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