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Ten Years of Madness Paperback – February 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0835125840 ISBN-10: 083512584X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: China Books and Periodicals; 1st edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083512584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835125840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the end of the Cultural Revolution and the 30th of its beginning, Feng conducted extensive interviews with 100 people who lived through that harrowing decade. In 1986, when he placed ads in Chinese newspapers calling for people's experiences, he received over 4000 responses. Those he has selected are disturbing, utterly compelling, seamlessly told and, together, constitute a many-layered and intimate picture. The interviews, which read like monologues, are prefaced by the person's age and occupation in 1966. One man, who was a 16-year-old student at the time, enjoyed destroying churches with the Red Guard, but when a classmate and an elderly man were beaten, he became a "non-participant." "I found that if you want to be a non-participant, the best thing to do is go fishing." A middle-aged housewife was not so lucky. When her husband was falsely charged with counterrevolutionary activity, they were both sentenced to No. 63, a prison camp where inmates were routinely tortured to death. She describes not just the cruelties she miraculously survived but the incidentals like the opera record, The Red Lantern, that the guards played to mask screams. Another woman, a gifted young dancer in 1966, was brainwashed into believing that her father was a "rightist." He died before she recognized the lie, and she now lives with terrible guilt. Feng includes four appendices: a chronology; key figures; an interview with the author; and several dozen short interviews to sample the widely varying attitudes towards the Cultural Revolution of those born after 1976. "What I fear most," says Feng, "is that later generations will adopt a sensationalist attitude towards the suffering of an earlier one."
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Originally published in China in 1991 and brought out in a different form here (Voice from the Whirlwind, Pantheon, 1991), this work by the noted Chinese author Feng (The Three Inch Golden Lotus, LJ 3/15/94) gathers the voices of 19 people from various walks of life who narrate candidly their personal experiences during the calamities of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-76). With a preface translated by famous China expert Howard Goldblatt, Feng has faithfully recorded the interviewees' reminiscences, and it becomes apparent that their hearts and souls have been affected by their painful encounters. Appendixes include an interview with the author, a view of the Cultural Revolution in the eyes of the new generation left intact after the disasters, a chronology of events (1949-79), and the key figures of the revolution. The last two are valued resources for studying the history of modern China. Highly recommended for larger public libraries and the East Asia collection of academic libraries.?Steven Lin, Dallas P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H.S. Cross on August 23, 1998
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The narratives in this collection of oral histories about the Cultural Revolution are varied , well-ordered, and of a good length. Feng includes victims, perpetrators, "non-participants." Particularly fascinating/ horrifying is the chapter about the infamous #63 torture block. The author also includes some striking, though possibly one-sided, interviews with people born post-1976. Feng himself seems to have a bit of a saviour complex, and his commentary struck me as overdone and interfering - particularly the trite maxims he insists on including after each narrative. He is most interesting in the interview at the end of the book, during which he discusses his methodology and "Documentary Literature".
Chihua Wen's oral histories of children during the Cultural Revolution (The Red Mirror) is less varied, but has a lighter touch, and therefore comes off as more richly poetic. Cheng Jung's Wild Swans is a good companion to these oral history style books, as it offers a detailed and incisive analysis along with its personal story. Ten Years of Madness is a good collection of narratives, but I wish Feng's commentary had been more analytical and less Holy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
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Every chapter tells us a different story of individuals, as they spent or lost their lives during the 10 years of Cultural Revolution in China.
The stories brought to us from Feng Jicai are really upsetting, showing another time that reality could overtake our all immaginations. He break the "silk veil" on the real stories happened during the Cultural Revolution and give us a real insight on why the current Chinese culture and people's behaviour has been so greatly affected by that period.
If you really want to know more about China, beside the economic development datas and political commentaries, read it.
Just a remark: I did not give it a five-star rating (the content deserves it all) because the translation to English is sometimes "imaginative" (well, in a sense that makes it more Chinese, sounds like some pages of China Daily)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Brown on November 13, 2011
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This book will educate the reader about how easily people are manipulated.
It's both sickening, and informative, about Mao's cultural revolution, and
how people were convinced that the tortures, beatings, and cruelties they
inflicted on the opposition to Mao, was a good thing.
Read it, and learn. Learn what NOT to become.Ten Years of Madness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Levenson on April 20, 2009
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The stories in this book are truly exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. So much to learn -- so much has been hidden.
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