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    Do not say we have nothing

    It will have more of an effect when you know the music. If not, the words will come across as flat. I knew the music which played in my mind while reading so the blending was real and was powerful.
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    A Masterpiece

    The style is beautifully poetic but the story is so dark that I dreaded reading what injustices the characters would have to endure from day to day. The knowledge that it is built around actual events shook me to the core. This book is challenging to read but is truly a literary masterpiece.
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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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    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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    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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