Sounds of the River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing

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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 ...

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Sounds of the River: A Memoir

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Da...is certainly likable. And his transformation from country boy to big city college professor moves briskly and entertainingly along.
New York Times Book Review
“A story about suppression, humiliation, vindication and, ultimately, triumph.”
New York Times Book Review
“A story about suppression, humiliation, vindication and, ultimately, triumph.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060958725
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/4/2003
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: First Perennial
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 993,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Da Chen

Da Chen is the author of Colors of the Mountain, a New York Times bestseller; Sounds of the River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing; Brother; and two books for children, Wandering Warrior and China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution. He grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and now lives in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Excellent choice for college freshmen

    As part of my university's first year program, we reviewed Sounds of the River as an option for our common read. I could not put it down. It is a quick, easy read. Da Chen shares his experiences as a first-generation, low-income college student in the context of Beijing in the 1970s and 80s. Students will be able to connect with his transition experiences and will hopefully glean the message of hard academic work can lead to great success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    realistic and dramatic

    I enjoyed this sequel of his first book Color Of the Mountain. He exposed the struggle and hard life that ordinary Chinese had to endure to survive in the seventies and eighties. Only the smart people managed to navigate the system, not the honest and good people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Great Sequel to Colors of the Mountain

    If you have read Da Chen's Colors of the Mountain, then you will enjoy this memoir. I can imagine that the story would be less memorable if I had not read his first memoir. Da Chen writes beautifully - as though he is an artist. His memory of his life's events will grab you and his language will ensure that you continue to enjoy the book. This book is more than just the story of a young man in college - it is a story of survival and love of family!

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