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Young Babylon by [Lu Nei, Poppy Toland]

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Length: 328 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From the Editor

From the opening chapter of this funny, philosophical coming-of-age story (insightfully titled “Pessimists Have Nowhere to Go”), I decided to accept protagonist Lu Xiaolu’s interpretation of ambition. As a thirty-year-old midlevel factory worker, Xiaolu has not technically achieved greatness. But his mind is alive, and his experience of everyday life is enriched by all he has ever seen, read, or imagined. For him, ambition is inspiration, lust for life, and attention to detail; it’s awareness of the little things, the shared spirit that can be found between tasks over the hum of factory equipment, the universal thread that connects people through time and place.

Author Lu Nei is an unlikely prophet: this book has been adapted into a major motion picture in China and has been critically acclaimed as “China’s Catcher in the Rye,” but his origins as a writer were not so lofty. Born and raised in an industrial city in eastern China, he worked many jobs before finding success as a novelist, including a stint at the saccharin factory that inspired this semiautobiographical novel. From a young age his gift for words drew attention, but his teachers’ encouragement to work in the propaganda department hit him, as it does his character Lu Xiaolu, “right in the Achilles heel.” So instead he worked a regular job and followed the path set before him, but always found time to explore his creativity.

The ambition that drives Lu Nei to write is innate, and it’s personal. His story is poetically simple in its honesty: by elevating one man’s journey through life, Lu Nei illustrates our universal potential to come into our own with eyes and heart open to the world.

- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor

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About the Author

Lu Nei, formerly Shang Junwei, was born in 1973 in Suzhou, east China. He is the fiction moderator for the “underliterature” section of the website He has had a wide range of jobs, including factory worker, shop assistant, salesperson, warehouse manager, radio announcer, and creative director for an advertising agency. He lives in Shanghai.

Product details

  • Publication Date : September 1, 2015
  • File Size : 3659 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Amazon Crossing (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00QBOD5D8
  • Print Length : 328 pages
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.6 out of 5 stars 155 ratings