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The protagonist, upon arriving in China in the wake of 911 and the onset of a terrifying global war, is forced to confront his early experiences in Kenya and the United States as a result of his growing love for a beautiful Chinese woman and a young orphan. Parallels between his own upbringing and the potential family that lies before him lead to questions about his true i The protagonist, upon arriving in China in the wake of 911 and the onset of a terrifying global war, is forced to confront his early experiences in Kenya and the United States as a result of his growing love for a beautiful Chinese woman and a young orphan. Parallels between his own upbringing and the potential family that lies before him lead to questions about his true identity, the complexities of his multi-racial family and the relationship he had known with his father.


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The protagonist, upon arriving in China in the wake of 911 and the onset of a terrifying global war, is forced to confront his early experiences in Kenya and the United States as a result of his growing love for a beautiful Chinese woman and a young orphan. Parallels between his own upbringing and the potential family that lies before him lead to questions about his true i The protagonist, upon arriving in China in the wake of 911 and the onset of a terrifying global war, is forced to confront his early experiences in Kenya and the United States as a result of his growing love for a beautiful Chinese woman and a young orphan. Parallels between his own upbringing and the potential family that lies before him lead to questions about his true identity, the complexities of his multi-racial family and the relationship he had known with his father.

33 review for Nairobi to Shenzhen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Batong

    Yes, I admit I did buy this book because of the relation between Mr. Ndesanjo and President Obama. However, what kept me reading was the fact that the story and the characters truly touched me. Mr. Ndesanjo's ability to put into words such deep-felt emotions and observations is truly a gift. I often found myself reading a passage about love or memories or relationships and nodding my head; he nailed so many of the emotions that people experience when they are searching for something in life. The Yes, I admit I did buy this book because of the relation between Mr. Ndesanjo and President Obama. However, what kept me reading was the fact that the story and the characters truly touched me. Mr. Ndesanjo's ability to put into words such deep-felt emotions and observations is truly a gift. I often found myself reading a passage about love or memories or relationships and nodding my head; he nailed so many of the emotions that people experience when they are searching for something in life. The passages about young Zhen Rui were inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. I also appreciated the stream-of-conciousness style, and gliding from one character's mind to another. It gives the story a sense of universality; and, in being given the opportunity to "see" the thoughts of those who are not the central character, we are given a much more objective glance at the world Mr. Ndesanjo is building as a whole. I agree that the book could use a second edition with major edits, and this is why I rated it with four, instead of five, stars. There were several editorial oversights. On the other hand, it was insightful at those moments where the writer would accidentally fall out of the third person and into the first person. I would think to myself, "Oh, guess this is one of those 'actual persons and events' he references in the Forward." All in all, however this is a very honest, moving novel and I recommend reading it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fritz Galt

    A good read. I found this book hard to put down. From a haphazard collection of thoughts and impressions of southern China, the story begins to hone in on people, observing their behavior and relationships, across vastly different cultures. The book eventually coalesces into a love story that requires, and gives in satisfying detail, a deeper understanding of Kenyan, American and Chinese cultures. In the end, we can see clearly the profound difficulties and enormous pleasures that result in thei A good read. I found this book hard to put down. From a haphazard collection of thoughts and impressions of southern China, the story begins to hone in on people, observing their behavior and relationships, across vastly different cultures. The book eventually coalesces into a love story that requires, and gives in satisfying detail, a deeper understanding of Kenyan, American and Chinese cultures. In the end, we can see clearly the profound difficulties and enormous pleasures that result in their interaction. The author is a natural writer and, though the pictures he paints and the letters he presents are brutally honest, we are left with the image of a character striving to improve himself and the world through better self-awareness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This seems like it is heavily biographical. Interesting that the author is a musician and teaches piano to orphans in China as did David. He also lives in China and was born in Kenya as was David in the story. This is a man's search for who he is and what he wants to be and do in life. Mostly it is a lovestory that ends without love for David, the American/Kenyan for Spring, a Chinese woamn and about David's lonely love of China that gives him various new learnings. This seems like it is heavily biographical. Interesting that the author is a musician and teaches piano to orphans in China as did David. He also lives in China and was born in Kenya as was David in the story. This is a man's search for who he is and what he wants to be and do in life. Mostly it is a lovestory that ends without love for David, the American/Kenyan for Spring, a Chinese woamn and about David's lonely love of China that gives him various new learnings.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alfredo Chizzoni

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Terry C Rumsey

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    Ann Durham

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sergio Frosini

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rile Lindushe

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Summer

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melon109

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  20. 4 out of 5

    Faith

  21. 5 out of 5

    MaryKay

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Trouillier

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mehvish

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

  26. 4 out of 5

    LINDSAY

  27. 5 out of 5

    Candi

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Rasha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karolina

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Baer

  32. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  33. 4 out of 5

    Adam Kovynia

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