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Sounds of the River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing
by Da Chen
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060958723, Paperback)
In this "equally beguiling sequel to his acclaimed memoir, Colors of the Mountain" (Kirkus Reviews), teenager Da Chen takes his first train ride away from the farm he was raised on to his new university life in Beijing. He soon faces a host of ghastly challenges, including poor living conditions, lack of food, and suicidal roommates. Undaunted by these hurdles, and armed with a dogged determination to learn English and "all things Western," he competes to win a chance to study in America -- a chance that rests in the shrewd and corrupt hands of the almighty professors.
Poetic, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Sounds of the River is a gloriously written coming-of-age saga that chronicles a remarkable journey -- a travelogue of the heart.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:27 -0400)
"Teenager Da Chen gathers soil from the riverbank near his village before he leaves to attend university in Beijing. Those grains bear witness to his past and contain the now silent sounds of the river. Later, spilled onto the dry earth of the North, they will merge two parts of Da's life, as does the second volume of his lyrical trilogy of memoirs." "Beginning with his first train ride to Beijing from his farm, we rumble along with him in the overcrowded and disease-ridden car to the university. Here the author faces a host of ghastly challenges, including poor living conditions, lack of food, and suicidal roommates. Undaunted by these hurdles and armed with a dogged determination to learn English and "all things Western, " he must compete with every other student to win a chance to study in America - a chance that rests in the shrewd and corrupt hands of the almighty professors. In a richly textured tale - by turns poetic, ribald, hilarious, and heartbreaking - Da keeps his indomitable spirit, but will he be any closer to attaining his goal?"--BOOK JACKET.
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