Acclaimed novelist Yu Hua became the first Chinese author to win the distinguished James Joyce Foundation Award. Controversial in his own country for his biting satire, he creates insightful portraits of Chinese society. Step-brothers Baldy Li and Song Gang couldn't be more different. While Baldy is a girl-chasing teen, Song is quiet and studious. The two come of age in a vibrant Chinese culture struggling with constant change.
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by Charles Yu
by Karen Tei Yamashita
by An Yu
by Yu Hua
by Larry McMurtry
by Jim Crace
by Sue Miller
by Jane Smiley
by Larry Brown
by Winston Groom
"This entertaining book tells the story of two stepbrothers in China from the 1960s to the present. Baldy Li, the gregarious deal maker, makes a name for himself after peeking at women in the public latrine. Song Gong is the quiet, more reserved brother who sticks by Baldy throughout their lives. They both must navigate the tricky cultural and political upheavals of Maoist China and then adapt to the new capitalism of the 1980s and '90s. Narrator Louis Changchien's voice is clear and robust, and he pronounces every word distinctly. He's an animated reader, but there are times when he sounds cartoonish and loud. Changchien plays it safe with character voices by changing his pitch slightly to denote a person speaking, but he doesn't delve deeply into gender differences. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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