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Journey of a Thousand Miles - My Story

Lang Lang

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"Number One" was a phrase my father-and, for that matter, my mother-repeated time and time again. It was a phrase spoken by my parents' friends and by their friends' children. Whenever adults discussed the great Chinese painters and sculptors from the ancient dynasties, there was always a single artist named as Number One. There was the Number One leader of a manufacturing plant, the Number One worker, the Number One scientist, the Number One car mechanic. In the culture of my childhood, being best was everything. It was the goal that drove us, the motivation that gave life meaning. And if, by chance or fate or the blessings of the generous universe, you were a child in whom talent was evident, Number One became your mantra. It became mine. I never begged my parents to take off the pressure. I accepted it; I even enjoyed it. It was a game, this contest among aspiring pianists, and although I may have been shy, I was bold, even at age five, when faced with a field of rivals. Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today. Journey of a Thousand Miles documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everything-his parents' marriage, financial security, Lang Lang's childhood, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world-for the belief in a young boy's talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star. An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang has written more than an autobiography: his book opens a door to China, where Lang Lang is a cultural icon, at a time when the world's attention will be on Beijing. Written with

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Ritz, Feodor Chin

Length:

6h 53m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:42


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:45


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:27


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:12


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:51


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:28


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:24


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:58


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:17


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:25


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:31