20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

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Chatto & Windus, 2008 - Beijing (China) - 204 pages
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Life as a film extra in Beijing might seem hard, but Fenfang, the spirited heroine of Xiaolu Guo's new novel, won't be defeated. She has travelled 1,800 miles to seek her fortune in the city, and has no desire to return to the never-ending sweet potato fields back home. Determined to live a modern life, Fenfang works as a cleaner in the Young Pioneer's movie theatre, falls in love with unsuitable men and keeps her kitchen cupboard stocked with UFO instant noodles. As Fenfang might say, Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, isn't it about time I got my lucky break?

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User Review  - mrsdanaalbasha - LibraryThing

The reason I bought the book is for the cover and because it was so short too, I wanted to read something a bit different then what I usually chose, and it was very interesting, while I was reading I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily.D - LibraryThing

20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth is an interesting and touching book that tells the story of a young Chinese girl from a poor village who moves to Beijing. As the title tells us, the story is told in ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

XIAOLU GUO, born in southern China, is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers," her first novel to be published in the United States was short-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a Book Sense Pick. She divides her time between London and Beijing, and is at work on her next novel.

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