• Half a Lifelong Romance

  • A Novel
  • By: Eileen Chang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Half a Lifelong Romance

By: Eileen Chang
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
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Publisher's Summary

From one of 20th-century China's greatest writers and the author of Lust, Caution comes an unforgettable story of a love affair set in 1930s Shanghai.

Manzhen is a young worker in a Shanghai factory where she meets Shijun, the son of wealthy merchants. Despite family complications, they fall in love and begin to dream of a shared life together - until circumstances force them apart. When they are reunited after many years, can they start their relationship again? Or is it destined to be the romance of only half a lifetime?

This affectionate and captivating novel tells the moving story of an enduring love affair and offers a fascinating window onto Chinese life in the first half of the 20th century.

©1969 Crown Publishing Co., Ltd. Translation © 2014 by Karen S. Kingsbury (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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wonderful book. rich psychological portraits. one of the best narrators I have ever heard. listen.

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Great book! Eileen Chang is astounding!

My favorite novel by Eileen Chang. Well translated. Well read. Really enjoy it! Looking forward to more Eileen Chang novels/essays in Audible.

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A classic Chinese romance novel

The narrator is so professional and I almost forgot the narrator is a female when she was acting on the male character. I’m really impressed.
I have long heard about this classic novel. They even made it into a movie which is also popular. Eileen Chang is the role model of many contemporary Chinese romance novelists nowadays. They try to follow her style.
The author describe everything in very detail and it made the story’s pace seem a bit slow. But the good side is that the reader really get to experience the subtle change of the characters’ psychological state.
As for non-Chinese readers, it is also a good source from learning about how Chinese view about “love” in the second world-war era.