Thirty Years in a Red House - Memoir of Childhood and Youth in Communist China

Thirty Years in a Red House - Memoir of Childhood and Youth in Communist China

Product ID: 4094

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Author: Zhu Xiao Di
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 255
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140299920


This well-written engrossing and engaging memoir by a student of English tells of daily life from his birth in China in 1958 to is departure in 1987.


A splendid lesson in 20th-century Chinese history. - Boston Globe

An engaging account of one family's triumph and travails in Mao Tse-Tung's Communist China. And Zhu's is no ordinary family. Nearly every significant event in recent Chinese history seems to have a link to a close relative. - Boston Herald

Zhu's narrative is unique.. Zhu goes for beyond his family's ordeals, linking personal and family experiences to a broader comprehension of the Chinese nation's public history. The result is this highly readable and thoughtful illustration of Chinese society under Mao's rule. - Choice

Provides a balanced and realistic view of one family's experience in post-revolutionary China. In addition to offering readers a glimpse of the personal life of a Chinese official and the ideals that inspired him, Zhu's memoir documents his own coming of age and eventual departure from a country that ultimately failed to live up to the hard-fought ideals of his father's generation. - Sampan