In this second volume of memoir, following his acclaimed Colours of the Mountain, Chen arrives in Beijing, armed with a dogged determination to learn English and familiarise himself with 'all things Western', he must compete with every other student to win a chance to study in the US - a chance that rests in the shrewd and corrupt hands of the all-powerful professors. In this remarkable book - by turns poetic, ribald, hilarious, and heartbreaking - Chen retains his indomitable spirit, but will he be any closer to attaining his goal?
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‘Absorbing… funny, exciting, and moving.’ ine -- New York magaz
‘An extraordinary individual…[a] dazzling autobiography’ -- Los Angeles Times
‘An extraordinary writer… narcotically entrancing – almost impossible to put down…’ -- Baltimore Sun
‘Da Chen is a writer who exults in language… a breathtaking journey… A grand book in every sense.’ -- Malachy McCourt
‘Da Chen’s prose is truly lovely and hints at the true depths of his gifts as a writer’ -- San Francisco Chronicle
Touching, funny and immensely charming, Da Chen's memoir tells of his arrival and his first years in Beijing, arriving an innocent from a rural farm and leaving on a rare and invaluable scholarship to study in the US.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. new ed edition. 320 pages. 7.80x5.08x0.79 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099453827
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099453827
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-133-72-6604006