English

A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.10 hours)
Product Number: Z100012384
Released: Apr 07, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415961841
Narrator/s: Michael Sun Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Description

During the darkest days of the Cultural Revolution, a twelve-year-old boy named Love Liu wonders what life is like beyond the region of Xinjiang in China's remote northwest. Here conformity is valued above all else, and suspicion governs every exchange among neighbors, classmates, and even friends. Into this stifling atmosphere comes a tall, clean-shaven teacher from Shanghai, wearing an elegant gray wool jacket and carrying an English dictionary under his arm. With the dictionary at his disposal, Love Liu turns to it for answers to his most pressing questions about love and life, and a whole new world opens up for him. His classmates also find hope in the unfamiliar and tantalizing sounds of English, but in an atmosphere of accusation and recrimination, one in which their teacher is deemed morally suspect and mere innuendo can cost someone his life, their ideals face a test more challenging than any they'll take in the classroom.

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Author(s): Wang Gang
Original Publish Date: Apr 07, 2009

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eBook
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Author(s): Wang Gang
Product Number EB00389469
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101022412

Professional reviews

"ENGLISH is the fictionalized story of Wang Gang's coming-of-age during the Cultural Revolution in the Xinjiang region of northwest China. Twelve-year old Love-Liu is fascinated by the new English teacher, Second Prize Wang, who comes from Shanghai; wears cologne, a wool jacket and leather shus; and owns a rare Chinese-English dictionary. Michael Sun Lee creates believable characters using accents and timing. Love-Liu's anger, confusion, and self-absorption are palpable; he's a teenager who can't conform when conforming is all important. Second Prize Wang's unusual--for the times--courtliness and respect are adeptly conveyed. The Cultural Revolution is merely a backdrop ("in those days"), but Lee dus evoke the starvation, violence, and fear of the period. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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