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Six Chapters from My Life Downunder

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  3 reviews
By now the world is familiar with the disastrous consequences of the ten year period (1966-1976) in China's history known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The mistakes of Mao Zedong's later years have been officially acknowledged, and the infamous Gang of Four publicly tried and sentence for their crimes. But on the cultural front the thaw had no sooner come t ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by University of Washington Press (first published November 1st 1984)
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Lane Pybas
“We had been sent to cadre school to work and had nothing to do, but it was forbidden to leave.”

First published in 1982, A Cadre School Life: Six Chapters is Yang Jiang’s account of the two years she and her husband Qian Zhongshu spent in the reform camps established for intellectuals in China during the Cultural Revolution. The structure of the book is based on the Chinese classic Six Chapters on a Floating Life, a ‘connubial-biography’ that is only significant for being a record of early 19th
Huan Li
She is one of my most favorite authors, a master of Chinese language, always writing in simple but soul-touching style.
Mar 20, 2007 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The true story of an intellectual and her husband sent to cadre schools during the Cultural Revolution. It's a sharp criticism of the nonsensical events and human mistreatment without a single outwardly negative statement. Simply written but clear, heartfelt and offering a unique perspective on the Cultural Revolution filled with a quiet inner strength and love for family.
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