Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard / Edition 1

Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard / Edition 1

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by Fan Shen
     
 

In 1966 twelve-year-old Fan Shen, a newly minted Red Guard, plunged happily into China's Cultural Revolution. Disillusion soon followed, then turned to disgust and fear when Shen discovered that his compatriots had tortured and murdered a doctor whose house he'd helped raid and whose beautiful daughter he secretly adored. A story of coming of age in the midst of… See more details below

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In 1966 twelve-year-old Fan Shen, a newly minted Red Guard, plunged happily into China's Cultural Revolution. Disillusion soon followed, then turned to disgust and fear when Shen discovered that his compatriots had tortured and murdered a doctor whose house he'd helped raid and whose beautiful daughter he secretly adored. A story of coming of age in the midst of monumental historical upheaval, Shen's Gang of One is more than a memoir of one young man's harrowing experience during a time of terror. It is also, in spite of circumstances of remarkable grimness and injustice, an unlikely picaresque tale of adventure full of courage, cunning, wit, tenacity, resourcefulness, and sheer luck-the story of how Shen managed to scheme his way through a hugely oppressive system and emerge triumphant.

Gang of One recounts how Shen escaped, again and again, from his appointed fate, as when he somehow found himself a doctor at sixteen and even, miraculously, saved a few lives. In such volatile times, however, good luck could quickly turn to misfortune: a transfer to the East Wind Aircraft Factory got him out of the countryside and into another terrible trap, where many people were driven to suicide; his secret self-education took him from the factory to college, where friendship with an American teacher earned him the wrath of the secret police. Following a path strewn with perils and pitfalls, twists and surprises worthy of Dickens, Shen's story is ultimately an exuberant human comedy unlike any other.

Fan Shen is a professor of English at Rochester Community and Technical College.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803243088
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
American Lives
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Hailing from the People’s Republic of China, Fan Shen is a professor at Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota. He has published three translated books and numerous articles in both Chinese and English.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1"Burn the Old World!"3
2"Long Live the Red Terror!"10
3"That's My Piano!"19
4The Great Wall Fighting Team30
5"Revolution Means Chopping Life"42
6The Forbidden Books48
7The Great Leader Meets the Red Guards53
8The Journey West65
9The Beijing Kids72
10"Be a Revolutionary Peasant!"81
11The Great Mountain Flood87
12The Barefoot Doctor96
13Moon Face102
14Smoking Devil's Wedding106
15The Death of Uncle Cricket109
16A Mouse Wants to Fly to the Sky121
17Li Ling127
18"Another Jumped Last Night"134
19The Year with Two Augusts140
20"The Goal: Join the Party"146
21"Confession Is Death!"153
22The Lucky Eleven165
23The Heavenly White Pagoda177
24"Two Uncles Are Here to See You"186
25"Clever Zhao's Missing!"199
26The Nun204
27The Monster of Ambition210
28The Last Battle in College217
29"Forget It!"227
30Watery Stool, No Bacteria?234
31A Stinking Stone from the Outhouse241
32"You Have Launched a Satellite!"247
33"I'm the Only One Who Reads Your Letters"254
34The Campaign for a Passport258
35"Savor It"266
36Don't Laugh Yet!271

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