|The book recounts the first 20 years of his life|
|Lang Lang playing at home in Shenyang with no air con|
They had come to the Chinese capital, sacrificing Lang Guoren's job, and now depended on Zhou Xiulan's salary to support the three of them, which meant living at times in dire straits.
|With his mother Zhou Xiulan|
I have watched Graffman play and he's superb despite not being able to use much of his left hand. And in Lang Lang's book he also explains Graffman is very learned in Chinese culture which was interesting to know, helping the young pianist bridge the gap between East and West.
|Father and son, Lang Guoren and Lang Lang|
Interestingly when the young pianist returned to China, he expected to be treated like a star -- but instead was constantly questioned as to why he didn't compete to prove his worth -- which was a paradigm Lang Lang had moved away from. He tried to explain this was not done in the West, but not having this measurement of success made it difficult for the Chinese to embrace Lang Lang as their own.