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Yang Lee is a simple Chinese peasant boy born into a desperately poor family living in the remote village of Xiao Mao at the beginning of the twentieth century. Most of the Western world is caught up with the amazing inventions of the industrial revolution, yet China will remain entrenched in the ways of her ancient past for many more decades. Vast tracts of remote landscape within China's territories lay untouched by the frenetic pace and devouring technologies of the early twentieth century. Millions of simple peasants still live their humble lives in those quiet, dignified ways that have marked the lives of the Chinese people since biblical times. Yang Lee will grow up to serve in the most menial and humble of all jobs for his village. He will become the Shit Man for Xiao Mao when he is only sixteen. Every small town and village in China employs these public servants to keep their communal toilet-houses clean and respectable. Central plumbing, electricity, and private baths are unknown in these regions. Such luxuries only exist for those very few, wealthiest of people who live in larger cities. Being a Shit Man would be a life-sentence of hopelessness for most men, but Yang Lee is not daunted. Courage, geniality, and optimism are the hallmarks of Yang Lee's life. His future will be anything but ordinary.
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Stephen Majeske is a classically trained concert artist who grew up in Cleveland Ohio. Writing fiction and poetry are his passions. Mr. Majeske's joy for writing grew as a result of a love affair with books which began in his earliest childhood days. He credits Walter Farley's “The Black Stallion” series with having saved his young life. “My childhood was that of a “Good Will Hunting.” he explains. “Days when my father did not manage to draw blood only occurred because I had been successful in hiding from him. The great Black horse 'Shetan' was more than merely a fictional deliverer of Alec in my developing psyche. 'Shetan' became the mystic, dark, deliverer of my own broken spirit...the invisible stream of creative life which managed to live on invisibly within my subconscious. ” Mr. Majeske began writing under the pen name 'Shetan' when he published his first work, “Strangling the Golden Unicorn” Mr. Majeske's other works include “Ghosts in 1509” “Winning Quigley Over” and “Strangling the Golden Unicorn”
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