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Son of the Revolution

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An autobiography of a young Chinese man whose childhood and adolescence were spent in Mao's China during the Cultural Revolution.

An autobiography of a young Chinese whose childhood and adolescence were spent in Mao's China's during the Cultural Revolution.

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Overview

An autobiography of a young Chinese man whose childhood and adolescence were spent in Mao's China during the Cultural Revolution.

An autobiography of a young Chinese whose childhood and adolescence were spent in Mao's China's during the Cultural Revolution.

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"An Oriental Tom Jones." — Newsweek

Liang Heng was born in 1954 in Changsha, a large city in Central China. His parents were intellectuals — his father a reporter on a major provincial newspaper, his mother a ranking cadre in the local police. This is Liang Heng's own story of growing up in the turmoil of the Great Cultural Revolution. His story is unique, but at the same time it is in many ways typical of those millions of young Chinese who have been tested almost beyond endurance in recent years. In his words we hear an entire generation speaking.

"A poignant inside look at what happened to ordinary citizens when the movement that ousted Chiang Kaishek's totalitarianism turned against itself. Liang helps Americans understand the past that China's leaders must overcome to cope with the future."

— The Chicago Sun-Times

"Three stories in one — first, a graphic, I-was-there account of what it was like to grow up during the Cultural Revolution; second, a cliffhanger love story with a happy ending; and third, a poignant analysis of how Chinese people have tried and failed, and tried again, to break out of their past. Each of these accounts is worth reading on its own." — The New York Review of Books

"A significant event in our understanding of China...compelling, detailed, and devastating."

— The New Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394722740
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1984
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 231,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    Excellent Window into China's Recent Past

    A well written and easily read book, Son of the Revolution is crucial to anyone who wishes to know what China was really like during Mao's rule. The content is moving, and the authors paint a picture of what you would have seen and felt while growing up during that time. This book is highly recommended to any student of contemporary history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    Great book to understand China's past

    An easy to read book by Liang Heng and his American wife judith Sharpio. Explains the hardship Liang went through during the Cultral Revolution in China under the rule of Mao. This novel is packed with full of tragical events and life of Liang's family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    I felt the same frustration even though I wasn't living through the Cultural Revolution

    I read this book as required reading for a non-western history course, and our Prof. used this to try to give perspective to the Chinese Revolution under Chairman Mao. Liang Heng, in living through this period, is able to give insightful and detailed glimpses of the confusion and frustration surrounding his life as a 'revolutionary.' This should be required reading for anybody studying China, communism, etc. As a graduate student in social studies education, I would love to use exerpts of this book to help my own students understand how Mao Zedong remained a powerful leader. A WONDERFUL read.

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