Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China

Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China

by David Kidd
     
 

For two years before and after the 1948 Communist Revolution, David Kidd lived in Peking, where he married the daughter of an aristocratic Chinese family. "I used to hope," he writes, "that some bright young scholar on a research grant would write about us and our Chinese friends before it was too late and we were all dead and gone, folding into the darkness the

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For two years before and after the 1948 Communist Revolution, David Kidd lived in Peking, where he married the daughter of an aristocratic Chinese family. "I used to hope," he writes, "that some bright young scholar on a research grant would write about us and our Chinese friends before it was too late and we were all dead and gone, folding into the darkness the wonder that had been our lives." Here Kidd himself brings that wonder to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590170403
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
183
Sales rank:
1,329,480
Product dimensions:
4.96(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Dragons, Pink Babies, and the Consular Service3
White Funeral, White Socks16
All the Emperor's Horses30
Criminals, Cadres, and Cooks39
Red Gates and Water Devils52
The Sea of Wisdom65
Silver Pins and Blood-Red Skirts69
The Ancestors92
Lily105
Dogs, Mah-Jongg, and Americans129
Houses and People and Tables and Chairs146
A Gift of New Vases168

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