"An Oriental Tom Jones." -- Newsweek
Liang Heng was born in 1954 in Changsha, a large city in Central China. His parents were intellectuals -- his father a reporter on a major provincial newspaper, his mother a ranking cadre in the local police. This is Liang Heng's own story of growing up in the turmoil of the Great Cultural Revolution. His story is unique, but at the same time it is in many ways typical of those millions of young Chinese who have been tested almost beyond endurance in recent years. In his words we hear an entire generation speaking.
"A poignant inside look at what happened to ordinary citizens when the movement that ousted Chiang Kaishek's totalitarianism turned against itself. Liang helps Americans understand the past that China's leaders must overcome to cope with the future."
-- The Chicago Sun-Times
"Three stories in one -- first, a graphic, I-was-there account of what it was like to grow up during the Cultural Revolution; second, a cliffhanger love story with a happy ending; and third, a poignant analysis of how Chinese people have tried and failed, and tried again, to break out of their past. Each of these accounts is worth reading on its own." -- The New York Review of Books
"A significant event in our understanding of China...compelling, detailed, and devastating."
-- The New Republic
An autobiography of a young Chinese man whose childhood and adolescence were spent in Mao's China during the Cultural Revolution.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a wonderful book about China's Cultural Revolution, and a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about China.Published 11 days ago by Anastasia
The author tells a very interesting perspective on the Mao Years in China, but its also very disterbing in many ways. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kate Leffingwell
Great book to gain perspective on life in communist China.Published 13 months ago by Joseph Reynolds
Understand the MAO revolution as seen through an eyewitness child.
I found the human story of how people treat each other profound. Read more
I use this book in a high school history course during a unit about China's transitions from Mao to modernity. Read morePublished 21 months ago by swissmiss
Need this book for class. Came very quick and is in great condition for a used book. I hope it's interesting as well.Published on August 17, 2013 by Crystal
I enjoyed Son of the Revolution a lot. I had to read it for my Modern Chinese History class and I loved it!Published on June 13, 2013 by Guy from Michigan
The book was for my son - it came in great shape. Very pleased with the quality & speed of getting order. Hopefully, he will enjoy reading it - but that's always another story!Published on February 18, 2013 by Janice Spratte