Search Results: "Da Chen"


BOOK REVIEW

COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN by Da Chen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Chen's memoir displays an unusual and remarkable insight into Chinese life, and into the resilience of the human spirit. (Author tour)"
A moving evocation of life in a remote village in China in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >

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MY LAST EMPRESS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told."
Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber. Read full book review >

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WANDERING WARRIOR by Da Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

One assumes that this story was pitched at an acquisitions meeting as "Harry Potter meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2001

"It seems that the reason for the adaptation is primarily for length—although it's unlikely that the missing hundred pages would have made the difference between a young person deciding to read this or not. (Autobiography. 10-15)"
Adapted from his work published for adults, Colors of the Mountain (1999), this autobiography of a landlord's son growing up as a pariah in his village in the '60s is gripping and funny. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Often melodramatic, but Da Chen's sweeping tale, reminiscent of Zhang Yimou's film To Live, successfully transports Chinese conventions into English to recount the agony of history."
From Shaolin to the sugarloaf mountains of Gwangdong to Tiananmen Square and the skyscrapers of New York: an epic novel that neatly distills modern Chinese history. Read full book review >

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SWORD by Da Chen
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Fans of Asian martial-arts movies and manga will be satisfied and eager for the second volume, due in the fall. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
In the China of the Cultural Revolution, Ar Kin returns to his village after years spent in prison for speaking out against Communism, bringing with him a library of forbidden books and a head full of forbidden tales. Read full book review >

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A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A mostly satisfying 'round-the-world romance. (Romance. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old photographer Shana, a secondary character from Chen's previous novel, Return to Me (2013), takes center stage in this stand-alone companion romance. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO ME by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Disappointing. (Paranormal fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen psychic learns to embrace her visions after her father breaks up their family. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2003

"A richly textured past intimately evoked."
From an Italian journalist who lives part of the year in New York, a beguiling memoir of growing up in a Tuscan city, learning to cook local and family favorites. Read full book review >

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Kurenai the Crimson by Hana da Yumiko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Needs more flesh on its bones, though extensive research and complex plots are signs of good things to come."
A Christian, an outcast ninja, and a courtesan—outsiders in late samurai-era Nagasaki—seek new life in this historical novella. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Minor problems, and a thick theoretical vocabulary aside, Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."
An ambitious revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism. Read full book review >