Colours of the Mountain

by Da Chen | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0099298007 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingawaywithfairieswing of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 3/24/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingawaywithfairieswing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, March 24, 2018
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A unique modern memoir of growing up in rural China, Colours of the Mountain is a powerful and moving story of supreme determination and extraordinary faith against the most impossible odds.

Da Chen was born in 1962 in a town over 50 hours' train journey from Beijing. Persecuted because of his family's landlord status, Da was an easy target for the farmer-teachers and bullying peasant boys. Whilst his older brother and sisters were forced to work in the fields, Da tired of the chaotic schooling of the Cultural Revolution and found solace with a band of good-time thugs. Following the death of Mao, an academic meritocracy was reintroduced. Da determined to escape Ch'ing Mountain, where he ran around barefoot and there was no electricity and no future. Together with his brother Jin, who had been working the land since boyhood, he began to study day and night. His determination is staggering and inspiring. In 1978, at the age of sixteen, Da Chen took a bus and a train for the first time in his life and travelled to Beijing, to the best English language institute in China.

A book about friendships, prejudice, familial love and academic striving, and of one man's escape from hunger, poverty and ignorance, Colours of the Mountain is an inspiring and eloquently recounted memoir.

Journal Entry 2 by wingawaywithfairieswing at YHA Sydney Central in Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, March 25, 2018

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