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New PDF release: 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

By Xiaolu Guo

ISBN-10: 1407013025

ISBN-13: 9781407013022

The newest novel from Orange Prize finalist Xiaolu Guo is the enchantingly funny story of a tender chinese language woman's existence as a movie additional in hyper-modern, tumultuous Beijing.Though twenty-one-year-old Fenfang Wang has traveled 1,800 miles to hunt her fortune in city Beijing, she is ill-prepared for what greets her: a Communist regime that has outworn its welcome, a urban in slap-dash improvement, and a sexist perspective extra based on her peasant upbringing than the country's revolutionary capital. yet after gaining knowledge of the fever and tumult of town, Fenfang finally reveals her actual independence within the one position she by no means anticipated.

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There were chickens jerking their necks back and forth, never tiring of pecking at the ground. Grey, skinny rabbits lolloped around aimlessly. Just outside the door was a pitiful, half-dead camellia plant that made me feel despair every time I looked at it. I pulled the old suitcase from under the bed. It had been left behind by my father when he last came home. Inside, there was a ballpoint pen, an empty cigarette packet and a ball of dust from one of the distant, unimaginable places my father had visited.

From this day on I would never again live like a forgotten sweet potato under the dark soil. Never. MY FIRST NIGHT IN BEIJING. A 17-year-old who thought that drinking a can of ice-cold Coke was the greatest thing ever. I lugged my suitcase from one hotel to the next. Hotels weren't for peasants, I knew that. So what was I doing? Even if I'd had pockets full of yuan, they wouldn't have let me in. Each time I passed a hotel, the doorman's face confirmed that fact. It was obvious what those bastards were thinking: what are you doing here, peasant?

Inside, there was a ballpoint pen, an empty cigarette packet and a ball of dust from one of the distant, unimaginable places my father had visited.

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