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China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution Mass Market Paperback – July 13, 2004
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Da Chen's engrossing memoir, adapted for younger readers from his book Colors of the Mountain, paints a colorful, painful, sometimes humorous picture of life during the 1960s and '70s, when formerly privileged Chinese families were at the mercy of Chairman Mao and his ruthless Red Guard soldiers. The writing is at times jerky, other times poetic, and Da Chen's time frame can be confusing. However, this is a book young readers will not soon forget, especially if it's their first glimpse of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution was difficult for poverty stricken Da Chen. The book shows how he deals with his hardships, going from top student to the child no one likes, just because of his social standing. Da even joins a gang of hoodlums in his neighborood, and slowly becomes disinterested in the school he once loved. After dealing with family issues, Da realizes that he wants more in life then to become an uneducated farmer. Determined to succeed, he studies to enter one of China's best collages. Da Chen leaves readers on edge, hoping and praying that Da will make it into collage.
Although the book started off slowly for me, I would most definately reccomend it to any jr. through high schooler. Reading about Da Chen's determination is inspirational!
I think this book-China's Son would be great for people who are from 12~16 and who wants to learn about what had happened during the Culture Revolution.
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After living in China for the last decade, this book really resonated with me, helping fill in gaps and explain certain behaviors and idiosyncrasies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shanghaiman
I had already read "Colors of The Mountain" and didn't realize this is the same book only the shorten version. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Debra E. Baird
Like most accounts of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, this one is filled with flawed memories. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Ravenmaster
Da Chen's voice is so honest. If you need a push in life, you need to read this.
I love Da Chen's Colors of The Mountain. Read more
This book was a required reading for my son's sumer reading entering 7th grade. Product was as described online and shipment was fast. Product was reasonably priced. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by A. Lindsay
As a teacher working in China, I was really interested in this book just from the synopsis. This book really gives the reader a sense of what China was like during the Cultural... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Lindsay