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The Same Moon (Journey To The West Book 1) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

As long as I could remember, I have loved reading books, especially fiction. I have read a wide range of wonderful works by great authors from all over the world. I particularly enjoyed the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway and many others. In modern literature, I like a variety of books, particularly stories which explore human relationships, morality, life, and its ups and downs. I also enjoy reading crime thrillers and books that inform and inspire, enchant and touch one's heart and soul.

My first degree was in English Language and Literature, and my love affair with the literature began many years ago in China and never stopped. In 1988, I won a scholarship from the British Council and had a chance to pursue further studies in the UK. My life's path took a dramatic turn and I began a long journey of self-discovery and professional development.
In the last decade or so, I have attended Creative writing courses as well as becoming a member of a writers group for a period of time. This has motivated me to make use of my knowledge and skills, and to create stories, either based on real life, or from our vast imagination.
Over the years I have published research papers, short stories in Chinese magazines, and contributed writing on a number of websites. In 1998, I started writing my first feature-length novel, The Same Moon (Book 1 of Trilogy: Journey to the West), was published on Amazon Kindle in February 2011, followed by Trials of Life in April 2011. The third and final book of the trilogy is a work in progress and will be released in 2012.
After working as an academic and administrator at universities both in China in the UK, I started my own business in 2001, offering consultations on business culture and cultural differences between the East and the West, as well as interpreting and translation between Mandarin Chinese and English. This is a job I love doing and it allows me to research and get to know the characters who live and breathe through my books.
Travelling is my passion and I love interacting with people from different races and cultures. There are so many fascinating customs and people in this wonderful world of ours, and so much to learn each day. Experiencing them first hand is a privilege and sharing the wealth of such experience and knowledge even more gratifying.
I love being a writer! I love the fact that our world is getting smaller and communications easier by modern technology. I feel truly blessed to live in the era when so many advances have been made, and amazing transformations take place everyday. Being able to write and connect with readers is a wonderful gift.
I am delighted to be able to share some of my writings on Kindle. No matter where you are and what you do, I hope you enjoy my stories.

About the Author

Junying Kirk came to Britain from China in 1988, and she has lived in her adopted country for almost as long as she lived in her country of birth. She was born in Southwestern China in the 1960s, and grew up duing the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution, after which she was able to enjoy higher education, first in China, and then in the UK. With a scholarship from the British Council, she studied English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick, followed by further postgraduate degrees from Glasgow and Leeds. She now works as a professional interpreter, and lives in Birmingham with her husband.

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  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M5HHY6
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Junying Kirk was a spice girl from Sichuan, China. A British Council scholarship led her to study in the UK which has since adopted her. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, professional interpreter and translator, and cultural consultant. Currently working as an International Partnerships Manager in a large British University, she loves reading and writing books. Her Journey to the West trilogy, 'The Same Moon', 'Trials of Life' and 'Land of Hope' have been published on Amazon Kindle, CreateSpace, iBook and Smashwords. She regularly blogs on books, world travels, food and many other interesting life experiences at She lives in Birmingham UK with her English husband.

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From the first moment, the lovely Pearl who shyly hid her smitten entrancement over the captivating Rain, took hold of my conscious thought and swept me away with its exquisite sway.

As I read further, loosing myself within the richly enchantment of words, the notice of classic reads caught my interest. How many times I too could claim to the marvelous reads as to the likes of Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Jane Austin, and so many more. Perhaps it was too early to say but my fondness for this charming read increased.

My time in life is so very different from Pearl. However, her forbidden desire is a moment I to shared briefly in my young life. As the words became more vivid in my mind's eye, I was taken back to a brief past.

"Mother, do you remember when I was really happy? That summer when I was with Pearl, I thought I was in heaven. Do you think I shall see her again, I mean in heaven? I would be happy there. I really miss her. I wonder what she's doing right now..." At this I am crying......

"Another Place Another Time".... Through this beautiful tale, I felt as if I grew right alongside Pearl. This story is so skillfully told that a reader has no choice but to feel as the character does. This is a must read and I would recommend it to all who wish to be taken to that most allusive space within the mind, where true beauty is sure to grow.
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The Same Moon was a delight to read. At times I felt it was a little over reliant on minutiae, but such detail did help make the the life of Pearl Zhang come alive. While reading, I was able to inhabit the body of the protagonist and see the world through her eyes. I was able to enter the mind of a girl growing up in the final years of China under Mao and share the highs and lows she experienced maturing in that environment. It was intriguing to discover that even in a so-called State-dominated society, the loves and hates that develop between those interacting with you predominate in much the same way as they do in a supposedly freer society. Ms. Kirk made it possible for me to experience what life was like in world far removed from my own, but full of 90% of the same daily anxieties, hopes and ambitions that dominated my own experience of growing up. I loved the way Pearl would periodically display ethnocentric notions of psychological qualities she believed to be uniquely Chinese, but which turned out to be similar to some that I believed to be unique to the local community in the U.S. in which I was raised. Pearl may have grown up in China during the seventies and eighties, while I grew up in a rural community in the western U.S. during the fifties and sixties; even so, we experienced 90% or more of the same hopes, dreams, hassles, and setbacks. Regardless the differences in countries, political systems and even gender, I could relate with almost everything in this novel.

The only parts that put a definite gulf between us were the few times that the writer felt it necessary to have Pearl bask in the "elite" aspects of her educational background. I myself have been far from being an "elite" in anything.
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Pearl Zhang was born in the Sichuan province on mainland China in 1961. She was raised in a traditional Chinese manner, went to school, got a job, got married, had her single child ... and then her life changed. She was given the opportunity to go study at Warwick University in United Kingdom for one year - and stayed. She adjusted to Western life, divorced her husband, lost her child to him, work, struggled, scrimped and saved. She was in a new world, a completely foreign situation - but under the same moon.

Beautifully written, "The Same Moon" is an (apparently) semi-autobiographical, semi-fiction story. Ms Kirk tells the story with authority and details that will astound the reader, especially one who, like me, doesn't know very much about China - its fascinating traditions, its beautiful scenery, its generous people. She also grew up during the Cultural Revolution - she also left home and came to UK and stayed. I don't know how much else of this story is based on her life, but that is enough to give me an idea - it was not an easy time or place to grow up.

This is not the sort of book I would ordinarily seek out and read - however, Junying Kirk asked me to do so and provide a review, and I can happily say that I loved this book and can heartily recommend it to anyone and everyone. Pick up this beautiful book - the first in a trilogy - and prepare to immerse yourself in a different world.
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I found The Same Moon by Junying Kirk to be a delightful read. From the beautiful cover to the end of an interesting journey in the life of Pearl Zhang. Pearl was born and lived into her twenties in mainland China during the harsh days of Communism. A period of turmoil and strife.

It was very interesting to learn about how Pearl and others lived, loved and learned in an all but secret time to the Western world. Pearl's childhood was hard but she always put education as a goal to strive for and better herself.

The Same Moon is a great look at her life and the incredible natural beauty of China. Junying Kirk puts you there seeing the wonders of the Middle Kingdom.

Pearl moves to the United Kingdom to continue her education and the adventure continues. Here the western reader gets a look at our world through the eyes of a beautiful Asian woman. It becomes a travelogue of sorts as Pearl visit many places in the UK and Europe. Her excitement spills over to the reader. She also faces the harsh reality of living on her own and making do with very little money due to her efforts to obtain a higher degree.

I found The Same Moon to be a good read and well edited. I did not like the formatting with its website style paragraphs that are space with no indents.

I recommend this book by Junying Kirk.
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