"The 11-year-old hero of Mr. Chin's inventive, energetic first novel is educated in his Chinese heritage through a series of astonishing dreams about working on the Central Pacific Railroad in 1869." New York Times Book Review "Doubt not the ability of the gifted, passionate, funny Mr. Chin." New Yorker
|Publisher:||Coffee House Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 18 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had high expectations when I started to read this book. I was hoping I could relate to the cultural identity issue Donald had as well as his feelings about his culture. I could, and in that sense, I liked the book. However, the dream sequences were a little hard to comprehend at first because they would come out of nowhere. Chin just went from reality to dreams with no pause whatsoever. It got annoying. Donald was also a tad annoying at times, and I hated the way Chin kept saying 'Donald Duk' instead of just 'Donald.' However, the story was interesting, an average read.
A book for anyone, any age, any time, any place. This is a story of identity, a fairy tale, a coming-of-age, the relationship between father and son... but most importantly, this is a story. This is one of the most entertaining, insightful, and well-written novels I have ever had the pleasure and privilege of reading.
Donald Duk is the essence of a young adult's sarcastic view of the life he once lived and is about to embark on. Do not be turned away from it's title nor what people will say about it's history lesson. Be curious, sarcasm is an annoying thing if one can't really read it. In Donald Duk, you are forced to READ the book. After READ, one might have a different view of his/her own life once lived and the one they are about to embark on. Perhaps even more sarcastic...use it well.