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Sons of Heaven: A Novel
by Terrence Cheng | Literature & Fiction
Registered by brewski of Markham, Ontario Canada on 8/11/2006
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by BookBirds): reserved


2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 11, 2006

6 out of 10

This was an interesting take on the events in Tiannemen square. While I did enjoy Terrence Cheng's writing, I am not quite sure that i enjoy Historical Fiction as a genre... 


Journal Entry 2 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Monday, September 17, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Reserved for cinnycat for the "Keep it going reverse wishlist relay" relay. I will be mailing this out sometime this week. 


Journal Entry 3 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 20, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Dropped in the mailbox this morning. 


Journal Entry 4 by BookBirds from -- wild in the usa, -- Wild Released somewhere in USA -- USA on Friday, October 05, 2007

This book has not been rated.

thanks so much for this RABCK, brewski! I will write another journal entry as soon as I finish reading! 


Journal Entry 5 by BookBirds from -- wild in the usa, -- Wild Released somewhere in USA -- USA on Sunday, July 26, 2009

9 out of 10

Hits the ground running... right into the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. Wow. Cheng's writing is very stunning. This book takes the perspective of three people: "The soldier" and big brother, Lu. "The dissident" and little brother, Xiao-Di. "The Comrade" and leader of China, Deng Xiaopeng. I almost feel like I've met Xiao-Di before -- very real, very relatable (even Deng Xiaopeng is made very real!). This should be read by anyone wanting a dose of easily readable history of China. I think it does a good job of covering the basics of Chinese history in memorable fiction -- at least for someone who knows little about it yet. I think one of the main things that makes this novel "fictional" is giving a story to the mysterious "tank man" -- the man standing in front of the tanks in that famous picture. They never did find out who the man was, so Cheng has a great time making a story for him. The story simply flows really really well. If you had handed me a book like this, something fictional yet historical, I would have learned so much more than I did in history class. A favorite read from this year, so far. thanks so much for sharing this amazing book, brewski! 


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