About this book
A remarkable story of the resilience of the human spirit, set against the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A funny, moving and brilliantly original novel, which skill and inventiveness of its storytelling. "If you read only one novel, make it this one" "Le Figaro".
Two boys, both sons of doctors, are sent to the top of a mountain for "re-education" in Mao's China; an education that involves carting buckets of excrement up and down precipitous paths. They discover instead the discreet charm of bourgeois literature and the local tailor's attractive daughter.