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She has written a very funny, touching and insightful account of her youth in the 1980s.
This book is great for people that want to read and learn about China but don't want to read a history book that is just a list of facts.
It is a very readable and interesting piece of autobiography, and its readability is largely down to the author's command of English.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be delightful.
I won’t spend my time re-summarizing the plot since many people in their friendly reviews seem to have done... Read more
The book has lots of drama - secret liasions, defiance of authority, a grimy factory, park hideaways, determination and defiance, young love, lost love, sex, a strong main female... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris O
This is the author's memoir from her young adult years in the 1980s. Most of the book takes place after Zhang's mother forced her to leave high school and take over her old job at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M.B.
Socialism is great - A worker's memoir of the new China.
This is the story of struggle of "an ordinary worker from Nanjing's Liming Machinery Manufacture" to... Read more
This book is great for people that want to read and learn about China but don't want to read a history book that is just a list of facts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Jo Cushing
in short order.
I can't really say anything about the quality of the text, as it was purchased for a friend. But I can say that the order fulfillment was good.
With this memoir I was able to enter the world of a Chinese worker which has been completely closed to Westerners until now. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anita
Before reading this book I was looking at peasants and workers with a lot of (negative) preconceived ideas, having myself lived in China and seen tons of them, mostly as underpaid... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Asianista
My word for this book is BORING. It's an autobiographical book about a girl growing in tumultuous times in China. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by bittermelon