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Description - Colours Of The Mountain by Da Chen

The story of a Chinese village boy and his escape from poverty and ignorance, Colours of the Mountain is a moving, fascinating and inspiring tale. Da Chen was born in 1962 in a town over 50 hours' train journey from Beijing. Persecuted because of his family's landlord status, he tries to keep his head down at school and instead of studying spends time with a band of good-time thugs, while his older siblings work the land. Chen draws a wonderful picture of these rough times, of boyhood friendships, the beauty of the Chinese countryside and the madness of the cultural revolution. Following the death of Mao, a meritocracy is again introduced and Da decides he will escape the village of Yellow Mountain, where there is no electricity and no future. He begins, with his brother, who has been working the land since boyhood, to study all day and night. His determination is staggering and inspiring. And it pays off. At the age of sixteen, for the first time in his life he takes a bus and a train and travels to the best English language college in Beijing. A book about friendships, prejudice, familial love and academic striving, this is an inspiring and beautifully told story.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099298007
ISBN-10: 0099298007
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 132mm x 21mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Da Chen

Da Chen is the author of Colours of the Mountain and China's Son. An accomplished flautist and brush calligrapher, he lives with his wife and two children in New York's Hudson Valley.

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