Nine Continents: A Memoir in and Out of China by Xiaolu Guo

Nine Continents: A Memoir in and Out of China

Xiaolu Guo is one of the most acclaimed Chinese-born writers of her generation, an iconoclastic and completely contemporary voice. Her vivid, poignant memoir, Nine Continents is the story of a curious mind coming of age in an inhospitable country, and her determination to seek a life beyond the limits of its borders.Xiaolu Guo has traveled further than most to become who s...

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  • Lydia
    First, let me say that I love Xiaolu Guo and her writing so going into this, I was biased. But bias is not always a bad thing. I loved reading this memoir, or collection of essays. Xiaolu was (and still is) such a curious, rebellious, tireless little spirit and it was a pleasure reading about her ch...
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 - book of the week:Xiaolu Guo's autobiography tells her remarkable story from adoption at birth through to her career as a writer and film-maker based in the UK. This abridgement deals with her formative years, living in China in times of transition.Episode 1:For the young Xiaolu, h...
  • Bettie☯
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08crt5xDescription: Xiaolu Guo's autobiography tells her remarkable story from adoption at birth through to her career as a writer and film-maker based in the UK. This abridgement deals with her formative years, living in China in times of transition.Xiaolu Guo is a ...
  • Tara
    It's strange, I don't have any particular intellectual or aesthetic pull toward China but I have been a fan of Xiao Guo's writing ever since I was enticed by her novels that I was shelving while working at the Norwich Millennium Library. I read everything they had at the time, which was in 2009. I w...
  • Hannah
    Absolutely wonderful memoir by a woman beyond impressive. She talks about alienation and perseverance, about loss and art, about growing up and finding herself, and everything in-between. Xiaolu Guo's life sounds like something out of a movie: born to an intellectual who had spent time in a labour c...
  • Laura
    An introspective view of the author's life in China. I cannot imagine growing up as she had - starting in a poor fishing village living with her grandparents, then moving with her parents to a town where her life wasn't much better. While the book is a memoir, it does have quite a bit of history of ...
  • Peter Tillman
    This was a pretty unpleasant read. The author had a very hard childhood, a hard student and young-adult life, and was lonely and unhappy when she moved to the UK, on a film-school scholarship that turned into a permanent move. The book does end on a more positive note.I skimmed much of the most unpl...
  • Alice Lippart
    Raw, honest and fascinating....
  • Ran
    This biography details the life of Chinese author, Xiaolu Guo, from her childhood in Shitang with her grandparents to her transition to living in London, England. It details the hardships of her childhood, her lack of familial love, her sexual abuse, film school in Beijing, and her experiences abroa...

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