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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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