A wonderful woman
by KareninsSmile on May 4, 2009This is the autobiography of Nien Cheng, a flunent English speaking Chinese woman.
She was one of the upper classes in China, before the Communist Cultural Revolution. This is an account of her life, from the moment it became affected by the revolution. She tells of the heartbreak of hearing her dead husband's name slandered and of the life of suffering which the Maoist regime inflicted on those who were educated or rich.
Although the content is very sad and the things that Mao and his followers did are deporeable, it is not a sad book.
Throughout the book, she writes with grace and eloquence. She describes her years in solitary confinement where she is constantly interogated with a style which allows the message to come across, and yet, makes it easy to read.
The book is an excellent resource for those interested in the revolution too, you will learn a lot from Nien Cheng's account of the red guards and Zhou Enlai's death with the public outpouring of grief at Tienamen Square.
If you are interested in China at all, this is an excellent book to read. You finish reading with an enormouse sense of respect for a woman stronger than you ever imagined. The book proves just how powerful the human spirit can be in times of desperation. After reading it, I wanted to meet her and thank her for telling her story.
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