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Lijia's personal anecdotes are honest and heart-wrenching and so much more.
This book will move you, and you will find new hope in the human spirit and man's amazing ability to continue striving even in the face of insuperable odds.
She introduced herself as `Lijia author of Socialism Is Great', and that is how I come to have heard of and read this book.
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 12 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 15 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
It's hard not to root for Lijia Zhang and her memoir of growing up working-class in China in the years following the Cultural Revolution. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Kuru
Although this book offers wonderful descriptions of China's historical evolution in relation to communism and socialism it comes from a victim that has been so brain washed that... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by JWright
This book is full of false ideology, couldn't go any further than the half of the book. It's sad that so many people nowadays try to change this nation into communist or socialism... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by hjon203
Zhang Lijia's engrossing memoir, Socialism is Great, is on my "required reading" list for students interested in China during the early years of reform and opening up. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by David Moser
This is a young woman's journal of discovery, covering the first decade of her working life. It starts as she's forced to quit school and take a factory job in 1980, and ends as... Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Brian Griffith