To The Storm: The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman / Edition 1

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is the compelling, strikingly candid and at times excruciatingly painful personal story of a woman who, while teaching modern Chinese literature at Beida (Beijing University), was denounced as a ``rightist'' in 1957. She was torn from her children and husband and sent to a rural peasant commune for ``rectification.'' Thus Yue Daiyun begins her odyssey, here set down in evocative English by Wakeman, who teaches English at Beida. Born in 1931, Yue Daiyun grew up in an academic community; she despised Chiang and the Nationalists and considered herself a revolutionary and a Maoist, believing that the Revolution would evolve along democratic lines. As she recounts the power struggle raging among Mao, Lin Biao and other party leadersa struggle marked by frequent ``campaigns'' and changes of ``party line'' culminating in the reign of terror called the Cultural Revolutionreaders are given the most informative views of peasant life and of the lot of Chinese intellectuals during the storm of Mao's last years that have yet been published in this country. November 4
Library Journal
Today, the voices heard from the People's Republic of China most often are those of intellectuals who, as a class, were tested severely by Maoist policies from 1958 to 1978. Yue Daiyun, through a sensitive American collaborator, has added a rich memoir to accounts such as Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro's Son of the Revolution ( LJ 2/15/83) or Ruth Earnshaw Lo and Katherine Kinderman's In the Eye of the Typhoon ( LJ 10/1/80). Yue Daiyun stood out at prestigious Peking University as a Communist party member, a young scholar, and daughter-in-law of a senior professor. In 1958 she was labeled a rightist and sent to the country. Thus began two decades of difficulties. Yue reveals her own warmth and strength along with disappointments and trials. Bitterness never dominates, but both her children now live in the United States. David D. Buck, History Dept., Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520060296
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/1987
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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