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Nien Cheng: A Prisoner in China (Library of Famous Women) Library Binding – June, 1994

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From School Library Journal

5-8-- Two books with limited biographical information and uneven-quality full-color photos and reproductions. The accounts of the subjects' lives are oversimplified and not compelling; so much of the text is devoted to setting the scene that the drama and importance of women's achievements are undercut. Kahlo's life is particularly difficult to describe because of her interdependence with her husband, Diego Rivera. His turbulent history needs more explanation in order to make clear Kahlo's sometimes inconsistent, illogical responses to him. In turn, her own artistry is so haunting and surrealistic that it is difficult to describe, and there are very few reproductions of her paintings. Nien Cheng's life is a bit more straightforward, although the story does not begin at the beginning, but picks up with the subject as the mother of a grown woman during the cultural revolution of China. In describing her years in captivity, the book fails to convey the full horror of imprisonment and attempted brainwashing. The lack of any attention to her marriage, her girlhood, or her education is peculiar and in some ways disturbing . These women deserve better. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Scientific American

Cheng has written a lengthy book that...The New York Times called "an absorbing story of resourcefulness and courage." Sommer's portrait is in the same vein. A story worth telling.

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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Famous Women
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Blackbirch Pr Inc; 1st edition (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567110118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567110111
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,458,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on December 10, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Hi. My opinion of the book is that it is wonderful! I couldn't stop reading it! Seriously! It tells us all about what she has been through, and how she wouldn't let the death of her daughter get her down. How she was put in prison for no reason, and how she handled all of the tricks that the govornment played on her, (all the spying, and false charges). Her constant optimism shows that ever cloud DOES indeed, have a silver lining. She showed courage, and bravery. She should be known throughout history, for all of her hard work, dedication, and cleverness. Thankyou!
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