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

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

by Da Chen
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060958725
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/04/2003
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
First Perennial
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
788,605
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

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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