76th out of 82 books — 15 voters
Red Sorrow: A Memoir
At the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, 13-year-old Nanchu watched Red Guards destroy her home and torture her parents, whom they jailed. She was left to fend for herself and her younger brother. When she grew older, she herself became a Red Guard and was sent to the largest work camp in China. There she faced primitive conditions, sexual harassment, and the pressure t...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Arcade Publishing
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Apr 18, 2012 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Another interesting first-hand account of the Cultural Revolution. She was among the first wave of former Red Guards who returned from the countryside to go to college, and her account of navigating the complex political web during the on-going Cultural Revolution was particularly interesting. Her brief description of poor economic conditions facing her generation--namely, unemployment in part due to the limited education and limited skills thanks to years of schools being closed and work assign...more