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A semi-autobigraphical novel by Dai Sijie published in English in 2001.

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Charming little page-turner

  • Jun 20, 2010
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This charming little page-turner is a fast read. It takes place during China's Cultural Revolution where two young intellectual city boys are exiled to the remote mountains for 're-education.' There they meet the beautiful daughter of a tailor and secretly educate her from a stash of banned books. The descriptions are so lush, I was transported to the mountains where I could smell the mud during Maos revolution. Dai Sijie's storytelling artfully captured the pace of mountain living and masterfully made me 'tongue-wagging eager' to find out what happens next. This is a true book lovers book in my opinion. I highly recommend it.

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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Required for an Asian History course I took. The thorough exhibition of personality by each of the main characters made the history and culture much more memorable to me that semester.
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