Summary

Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent to the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989.
It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians - the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow; the violin prodigy, Zhuli; and the enigmatic pianist, Kai - struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to.
©2016 Madeleine Thien (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc
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Critic reviews

"Full of wisdom and complexity, comedy and beauty, Thien has delivered a novel that is both hugely political and severe, but at the same time delicate and intimate." (Kate Whiting, Herald)
"A magnificent epic of Chinese history, richly detailed and beautifully written." (Kate Saunders, The Times)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Lucy Mac on 31-12-17

Read the book, the audio ruins it

The narrator’s voice is so mournful and flat... it leaves no room for optimism or joy. It announces a certain doom which makes the story unappealing. A real shame.

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26 of 26 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Terra72 on 05-12-16

Moving and thought-provoking story.

A complex story that becomes easier to follow as the story unfolds.

It is long but the reader is ultimately rewarded. And when it finishes you wished it would have another chapter.

Beautifully written and superbly read.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Malcolm Hart on 16-11-16

A beautiful but sad story

I found the narration a bit slow for my taste and listened at 1.25. However it is a meditative story so slow could be right.

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