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Zachary Leader, 23 May 1996

Eastern Sun, Winter Moon 
by Gary Paulsen.
Gollancz, 244 pp., £16.99, April 1996, 9780575063198
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The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord’s Son 
by Guanlong Cao, translated by Guanlong Cao and Nancy Moskin.
California, 256 pp., £19.95, April 1996, 0 520 20405 0
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... is little in the way of retrospective analysis or editorialising, except in the brief epilogue. Guanlong Cao’s comparably affecting The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord’s Son is written from the present, and suffused with adult feelings of melancholy and loss, as well as irony. Cao is roughly Paulsen’s age ...

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