Brothers by Da Chen
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At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each remained ignorant of the other’s existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone, and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a passionate desire—one to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge against him.

Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento follow the paths that lie before them, while unknowingly falling in love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when their fates finally merge.

Brothers, by bestselling memoirist Da Chen, is a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.
 

About Da Chen

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DA CHEN grew up in China and graduated from Columbia University Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Brothers, Da Chen's acclaimed first work of fiction, made the 2006 best book lists at the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Publishers Weekly. Other books include the New York Times bestselling memoir Colors of the Mountain, Sounds of the River, Wandering Warrior and China's Son.
 
Published September 19, 2006 by Shaye Areheart Books. 432 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When events force them apart, Shento becomes a secret agent, assassin and presidential bodyguard, all the while nursing his hatred for his missing father—whose “real” family has been in turn blessed with every favor, including a brilliant son, Tan Long, who seems destined for great things in the ...

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Meanwhile, caught on the wrong side of the changes sweeping China following Chairman Mao's death, Tan's family is discredited and flees to their ancestral home in the south where Tan builds an economic empire.

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Entertainment Weekly

Shento's true love is Sumi Wo, his long-lost orphanage sweetheart whose face is like ''an exotic mountain bloom.'' Meanwhile, Tan, the general's adored legitimate son, attends university and becomes a publishing mogul.

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Common Sense Media

Aside from a few scenes of the brothers off-stage (hanging out in their hotel room with protective bodyguard Big Rob, making nonstop publicity stops around New York City, and driving to buy the first three copies of their album A Little Bit Longer) the action is the concert itself, with a couple...

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this mature drama (which stars Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, and Jake Gyllenhaal) about how the horrors of war affect both a soldier and his grieving family has several disturbing scenes of ...

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Time Out New York

The slow unravelling of the relationship between the three 'blood brothers' of very different character - the noble knight (Ti Lung), the fraught avenger (David Chiang) and the loose, 'innocent' victim (Chen Kuan Tai) - fits well with the rigorous ethical structure that is glimpsed from time to t...

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World War II Database

Although my German pronunciation was not very good, I could easily tell that the audio book publisher never bothered to consult with a German language expert, or even a WW2 expert for that matter, before producing the audio book.

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World War II Database

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