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Nine Continents

A Memoir In and Out of China
De : Xiaolu Guo
Lu par : Emily Woo Zeller
Durée : 11 h et 53 min
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Xiaolu Guo has traveled further than most to become who she needed to be. Now, as she experiences the birth of her daughter in a London maternity ward surrounded by women from all over the world, she looks back on that journey. It begins in the fishing village shack on the East China Sea where her illiterate grandparents raised her, and brings her to a rapidly changing Beijing, full of contradictions: a thriving underground art scene amid mass censorship, curious Westerners who held out affection only to disappear back home. Eventually Xiaolu determined to see the world beyond China for herself, and now, after 15 years in Europe, her words resonate with the insight of someone both an outsider and at home, in a world far beyond the country of her birth.

Nine Continents presents a fascinating portrait of China in the 80s and 90s, how the Cultural Revolution shaped families, and how the country's economic ambitions gave rise to great change. It is also a moving testament to the birth of a creative spirit, and of a new generation being raised to become citizens of the world. It confirms Xiaolu Guo as one of world literature's most urgent voices.

©2017 Xiaolu Guo (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Jeff Darlington
  • 22/10/2017

must read

I really enjoyed reading this memoir. If you like Wild Swans by Jung Chang, this is slightly more contemporary. While Jung’s family was higher class, Xiaolu grew up a peasant. Both found their own way out of China. Xiaolu’s writing is stunning and her story is remarkable. The audiobook is A+.

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  • Jimmer
  • 24/04/2018

Insightful~

This book gave quite an illustration of a modern life, coming up for a gal from the waterside life of rural China, stepping out into the urban landscape of the great beyond. Really, an incredibly well related story. Should be on the list for all sorts of famale empowerment organizations and in reading lists for cross-cultural studies as well as for bits of home for people living abroad from China. As a resident of China, from abroad, it was an insightful read into some of the trials that folks here are working through.

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  • David Graham
  • 14/07/2020

amazing story, Chinese words pronounced correctly

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