Yes, the narration was so life like. I was actually reading along as the narrative flowed with each word. It was like sitting with the author as she told her story. I could never have pronounced all the Chinese words and I didn't have to. Nancy Wu's wonderful and expressive narration brought the story to life for me.
Obviously the author, Zhu Xiao-Mei, was my favorite as the story was about her own life. She is a person I can relate to. I am a musician also.
The scene that grabbed me from the start was the first one told of three year old Zhu Xiao-Mei seeing a piano for the very first time. I recall my first time too. It's something you never forget.
More than any other reaction to the book, I was reminded of my own childhood safely in a free America while others my own age suffered greatly on the other side of the world. I'd never really thought too much about what other people have overcome in their lives to achieve their dreams until I read this book.
If you're discouraged and thinking of quitting, read this book. It will inspire you to keep on trying and never give up.
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