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    Would not reccommend it to anyone

    Really the only thing I liked about this book is maybe finding out about the student revolution in China. I had a very hard time finishing it and only did because it was for our book club. Other members are struggling as well and some may not finish. It's also the first book I've closed and erased from my I pad.
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    Poetic and heartbreaking

    The story was artfully told and crafted beautifully with so many layers intertwining. I loved the characters and my heart went out to each as we followed them on their journeys.
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    Human wish

    This poetic hymn to the human wish to make something permanent in a world of loss is replete with melancholy. Everything we create is temporary even the theme of this tale, that something will survive.
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    excelllent

    A well written lyrical record of an unbelievable chapter in a great nation's life. The book sounds like a dystopic novel. If I hadn't heard first hand accounts of the atrocities of the Stalin's regime against its own citizens from my parent, and read memoirs of Chinese people who lived throuugh the cultural revolution, I would have thought Thien wss exaggerting. But I know better than to think that. She masterfully mixess her story with light humour, poetry, philosophy and love of music, which makes the reading a treat.
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    Confused

    I am only part way through this book and am really struggling not to give up. It does not flow, picking it up after a few days means I have to go back to figure out where things are! While there are some interesting facts about music and China, frankly most confuse me! I'll try to stick with it!
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