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By Paul Ting

ISBN-10: 9881993490

ISBN-13: 9789881993496

Mischievous adolescent music Bao Bao grows up dedicated to his nation lower than the stringent eyes of the Communist social gathering. Precocious for his age, he has powerful innate interest. He discovers many truths that others won't want him to grasp. worried to profit extra, he is going to nice lengths to construct a strong and unlawful radio in a position to receiving censored frequencies, equivalent to the Voice of the USA broadcasting in chinese language. rigorously pleasing his sunlight hours tasks to the celebration, the boy additionally leads a hectic nightlife – comparable to spying on Uncle and Auntie's bed room actions, trying to make experience of human sexuality and changing complicated mathematical recommendations into uncomplicated photographs to train his girl-friend Dan Dan. The younger boy follows Communist doctrine obediently and enthusiastically to pursue his dream of changing into a Nobel Prize winner. while required to have interaction in such actions, he writes the main Da Zi Baos (Big personality Posters) the least bit period of time, makes the main outstanding paper middle at school, energetically kills sparrows, and assumes the position of chief in team discussions. His enthusiasm is partially according to his assumption vivid destiny lies prior to him. Then, in the future he realises that, due to his history, he's and regularly may be ineligible to wait a very good collage in his domestic state. Bao Bao is devastated. All his goals are shattered. there is not any destiny sooner than him. Then, mustering all his braveness, he racks his brains to discover a manner out of this deadlock. ultimately he makes a fateful choice that might switch his existence forever.

Born in Fuzhou, PAUL TING left China while he used to be a pupil. Paul Ting has lived in Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Canada and France and has a superb command of English, German, Spanish and French in addition to of his local language, chinese language. He graduated from the collage of Western Ontario, Canada with a B.A. (Hon.) measure in German literature. He has labored in very assorted destinations, together with an oil-rig close to the Alberta- Saskatchewan border, Canada and a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada. His occupations have assorted tremendously, together with for instance operating at Lufthansa, as a working laptop or computer salesman and because the chairman of a publicly-listed corporation in Hong Kong. He has traveled to over 90 nations and took part in numerous adventurous journeys, starting from hitch-hiking throughout Canada (from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland). he's married with a son and a daughter.

"Paul Ting's Bao Bao's Odyssey presents important first-hand descriptions of way of life in Mao's China within the 1950s-early Sixties, overlaying a chain of significant political and social occasions (such because the Hundred flora crusade, the nice breakthrough flow, and the famine) from a teenager's blameless but serious point of view. if you wish to have a greater realizing of China's merciless 'age of revolutions,' this can be a booklet worthy reading." — Chen Jian, writer of Mao's
China and the chilly conflict, Michael J. Zak Professor of heritage for US-China family, division of background, Cornell University

"In this splendidly illuminating e-book, Ting immerses us in Chairman Mao's China of 1958; the place his teenage protagonist confronts the Kafkaesque perceptions and misconceptions of the chilly conflict period. With an authoritative and genuine voice, Ting courses us in the course of the lifetime of adolescent Bao Bao, whose ambition to win a Nobel Prize for technology is susceptible to being thwarted by means of his family's bourgeois background. within the most sensible culture of historic fiction, the radical leaves us imbued within the interval; and the readers will lengthy hold part of Bao Bao and his quest with us. it might be challenging to overlook this attractive and heart-warming story." — Patricia W. gray, writer of demise Has one thousand Doors

"This booklet enriches our figuring out of Fifties Shanghai throughout the own tale of track Bao Bao." — Lee Pui-tak, President, The Asian reports organization of Hong Kong

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