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  • By Yan Yu
    Nov 20, 2009
    As the saying goes, 'The more things change, the more they stay the same'. Twenty years since this memoir was written, forty years since the events first took place, China has changed a little. Despite the tremendous economic growth, with a tiny majority of people becoming a burgeoning middle class, for the rest, life remains the same, both economically and within their mindsets. Reading the book I saw through the eyes of a young girl the true colour of a cruel totalitarian regime and true friendship that existed among people whose fortitude and stoic forbearance was remarkable. The writer is no doubt a highly intelligent individual with a romantic heart and keen eye for observation. Her way of surviving was 'to pretend to be mad and show your foolishness' but she was still accused of having 'complicated thoughts' which was no idle comment at the time... I recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel, smell and listen to this huge country from the inside. You would be as moved as I... More > was to witness the triumph of the human spirit over deadening oppression...< Less
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Wei Wei Shemilt
August 25, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.19 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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