Sounds of the River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing (Paperback)
A Young Man's University Days in Beijing
Harper Perennial, 9780060958725, 320pp.
Publication Date: February 4, 2003
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.
Praise For Sounds of the River: A Young Man's University Days in Beijing…
Readers will already be looking forward to the next installment.
-Kirkus (Starred Review)
Da...is certainly likable. And his transformation from country boy to big city college professor moves briskly and entertainingly along.
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“A story about suppression, humiliation, vindication and, ultimately, triumph.”
-New York Times Book Review