Brothers: A Novel

Brothers: A Novel

by Da Chen
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Brothers: A Novel by Da Chen

At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each remained ignorant of the other’s existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone, and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a passionate desire—one to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge against him.

Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento follow the paths that lie before them, while unknowingly falling in love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when their fates finally merge.

Brothers, by bestselling memoirist Da Chen, is a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307494252
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/14/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 989,070
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Da Chen lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and children.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Brothers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
clasique More than 1 year ago
This story takes the simple elements of love, hate, betrayal and loyalty and weaves a beautiful, well written story that keeps you captivated and intrigued. The vivid descriptions of the beautiful and serene mountains and valleys of China has opened up my imagination and I am more resolved to go and visit the captivating land. I could not put this book down until it was finished because the characters are complex and charismatic and each had something to say and eager to let the reader into their world. I am truly glad to have found this author as his work is reminiscent of wuxia novels of the past. The enticing dance of the characters within the pages of this book demands that the story be read. Da Chen is a masterful storyteller. His work has a permanent place in my library.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting as a narrative on the Cultural Revolution. The prose style is hurried and awkward at times. The main characters seem improbable, larger than life. I think this writer has a lot of potential, and if tempered could write more compelling fiction.