The Dragon's Village: An Autobiographical Novel of Revolutionary China [NOOK Book]

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This extraordinary autobiographical story, compelling, candid, and deeply personal, plunges us into that tumultuous moment in China out of which the modern People?s Republic finally emerged. It is the first time a novelist has ever described that distant world in words that open it up to Western readers in the clearest, most vivid terms.
 
Shanghai, 1949: we look through the eyes of Guan Ling-ling, a headstrong, idealistic ...
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The Dragon's Village: An Autobiographical Novel of Revolutionary China

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Overview

This extraordinary autobiographical story, compelling, candid, and deeply personal, plunges us into that tumultuous moment in China out of which the modern People’s Republic finally emerged. It is the first time a novelist has ever described that distant world in words that open it up to Western readers in the clearest, most vivid terms.
 
Shanghai, 1949: we look through the eyes of Guan Ling-ling, a headstrong, idealistic seventeen-year-old. As her family departs for Hong Kong, Ling-ling boldly chooses to stay, and joins a revolutionary theater group which soon leaves the city to carry out the new reforms in the Chinese countryside. After a scant few weeks’ preparation, this city-bred schoolgirl suddenly finds herself in one of China’s most remote and impoverished areas, a world so far from her own experience that she can barely understand the lives she has been sent to change.
 
On her very first night in Longxiang (“the Dragon’s Village”), a dusty hamlet far in the northwest, Ling-ling’s life is threatened by agents of a defiant landlord. From that moment on , an unrelenting flood of events engulfs her: plot and counterplot, acts of violence, midnight raids, dramatic personal revelations, even glimmers of first love, all set against a canvas of revolutionary upheaval.
 
Chen carries us on an incredible voyage against China at a critical moment in modern history. No novelist has focused so clearly or so closely on the faces of revolution, or on the physical and social landscapes in which it was played out, from the urbane circles of Shanghai to the parched fields and desolate families in tiny Longxiang. We are wholly involved in Ling-ling’s struggle to assume the unfamiliar garb of soldier and teacher, and can recognize in it an adolescent’s painful path to maturity.
 
Yuan-tsung Chen was born in Shanghai and educated in a missionary school for girls there. She has just graduated from high school in 1949, and soon went to work at the Film Bureau in Peking. In 1951, she joined she joined land reform workers in Gansu Province, the setting of this, her first book. It was the first of several agrarian campaigns in which she took part over the next twenty years.

Seventeen-year-old Ling-ling joins a revolutionary theater group carrying out reforms in the Chinese countryside in 1949 and amid tumultous events, she grows toward maturity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307831941
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Yuan-tsung Chen came to the United States in 1972. She and her husband, a journalist and artist, live in El Cerrito, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1. To the Sound of Guns
2. A Glimpse of the Other Side
3. I Choose My Future
4. Journey to the Northwest
5. Cold Welcome in Longxiang
6. The Women
7. Meeting
8. The First Sacrifice
9. Night Shadows
10. Criticism and Self-Criticism
11. The Search
12. Two Confrontations
13. In a Grove of Trees
14. Electioneering
15. Shattered Jade
16. By a Grave, in a Wineshop
17. The Election
18. Three Deaths
19. Vacillation
20. Riding a Tiger
21. Help from a Broken Shoe
22. Getting at the Truth
23. Spring Hunger
24. Land to the Tiller

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