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Six Chapters from My Life "Downunder"

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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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Hadrian
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
【摔破或压塌。可惜能用粗绳子缠捆保护的,只不过是木箱铁箱等粗重行李;这些木箱、铁精,确也不如血肉之躯经得起折磨。

经受折磨,就叫锻炼;除了准备锻炼,还有什么可准备的呢。】

This slim volume is one of the first published recollections of the Cultural Revolution. The title, in both English and Chinese, is a reference to 'Six Records of a Floating Life', the story of the Qing Dynasty writer. The writer of the foreword admittedly doesn't like that book, but he appreciates the reference. For one, his wife, the author, has a more resilient attitude than the other guy ever did. And they do
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Linda
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jiang Yang was a writer and scholar in China who, with her husband, was caught up in the Cultural Revolution is the 60s and sent to be "reeducated" in the country. Although she describes nothing like the Soviet Gulag, the experience must have been horrible for her. The book is small, the incidents seem trivial and it's all heartbreaking.

Two of the themes that run through the book are that China's "intellectuals" or even just city people and its peasants were mutually distrustful and generally in
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Lane Pybas
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“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
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Sara
Mar 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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.
Tom Dean
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this translation is good for us, who are majoring in chinese literature studies. and by this version, we can see the true historical backgrounds in Yang's "Wen Ge" period(1966-1976). the translator's rendition is vivid in language and faithful in content.
Csuren
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ok
transaltor has done a good job, keeping the sipirit of the original from Yang.
Huan Li
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She is one of my most favorite authors, a master of Chinese language, always writing in simple but soul-touching style.
Csuren1
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
the translation of G.H. is very good, which is helpful in the readers' understanding of the "Wen Ge" in Yang's time.
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