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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lilian Lee Narrator: Nancy Kwan Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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In 1920's China, Peking opera was luxurious entertainment for the privileged class-but only children from the poorest families were sent to opera schools to train as actors. Xiao Douzi is brought to an opera school - and abandoned there by his mother, a prostitute who can no longer care for him. With seeds of bitterness sown in his soul, the nine-year-old boy endures hardships and misery to learn and perfect his craft.

The novel focuses on the all-consuming love Xiao Douzi holds for the boy he befriends, and the beautiful female courtesan who comes between them. As these three remarkable individuals are caught up in the great historical events devastating China, they are forced to betray each other in order to protect the one they love.

One of the most unusual epic romances of all time, Farewell to My Concubine moves swiftly from the decadent glamour of 1930's China through the horrors of the Japanese occupation right up to Hong Kong in the 1980's. 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 Sera | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting way of learning something about Chinese culture and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuska Vonita | 1/27/2014

    " A tragic tale of two peking opera actors and a former prostitute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessamyn | 1/22/2014

    " Fantastic imagery. As sad as the story is, I have always loved this book. I read it twice in college for a film class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 1/12/2014

    " I regularly taught this novel to first year university Honors students in tandem with the film and it offered quite a new world for those used to Western lit... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/10/2014

    " I loved this book. Apparently the movie is better (when does that ever happen?) but I haven't seen it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Recynd | 12/22/2013

    " A beautiful and amazing book. Far better than the movie (which, incidentally, I couldn't follow even AFTER reading the book). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 11/18/2013

    " Readable but the two protagonists were so bloody annoying I could hardly finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen nelson | 10/14/2013

    " I chose this book because it shook me from my usual. I read this book quickly and found it very interesting. It transported me, so to speak, which is the goal of a writer. This is not a novel that I couldn't wait to read, it was a thrift store or yard sale find, but it did not disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terpsicore | 7/18/2013

    " One of the rare instances I liked the movie much more than the book. The story was interesting but I somehow could not relate to the characters. The movie made them much more alive to me. Plus I did not like the writing much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 5/2/2013

    " I read this after seeing the movie. It was OK, kind of hard to read at times. I did learn a bit about the Cultural Revolution, so it wasn't a complete waste of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cappucine Jojo | 2/26/2012

    " I read this back in 2001 .... In tear .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/25/2012

    " Good read although a little slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 1/16/2012

    " Ah....a tragic tale of unrequited love.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xdyj | 7/11/2010

    " I read the Chinese version. The premise is good though it's probably not as well written as I would expect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexander Santiago | 4/18/2010

    " I have to say that the Zhang Yimou's film version is far superior to Lee's novel. Though her book explained a few things, I thought it lacked the sweep and scope that I found was projected in the film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sera | 4/15/2010

    " Interesting way of learning something about Chinese culture and history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 11/16/2009

    " Readable but the two protagonists were so bloody annoying I could hardly finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 5/3/2009

    " I read this after seeing the movie. It was OK, kind of hard to read at times. I did learn a bit about the Cultural Revolution, so it wasn't a complete waste of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 11/6/2008

    " Ah....a tragic tale of unrequited love.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 6/22/2008

    " I regularly taught this novel to first year university Honors students in tandem with the film and it offered quite a new world for those used to Western lit... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 4/3/2007

    " I have to say that the Zhang Yimou's film version is far superior to Lee's novel. Though her book explained a few things, I thought it lacked the sweep and scope that I found was projected in the film. "

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