Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution PDF/EPUB

Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution [PDF / Epub] ★ Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution By Gao Yuan – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Born Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years , when the author was a young teenager at middle school It was in the middle schools t A Chronicle Kindle Ø Born A Chronicle of the PDF/EPUB or Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years, when the author was a young teenager at middle school It was in the middle schools that much of the fury of the Cultural Revolution and Red Guard movement was spent, and Gao was caught up in very dramatic events, which he recounts as he understood them at the time Gao s father was a county political official who was in and out of trouble during Born Red: MOBI :Ê those years, and the intense interplay between father and son and the differing perceptions and impact of the Cultural Revolution for the two generations provide both an unusual perspective and some extraordinary moving moments He also makes deft use of traditional mythology and proverbial wisdom to link, sometimes ironically, past and present Gao relates in vivid fashion how students turned Red Guards held mass rallies against capitalist roader teachers and administrators, marching them through the streets to the accompaniment of chants and jeers and driving Red: A Chronicle PDF ↠ some of them to suicide Eventually the students divided into two factions, and school and town became armed camps Gao tells of the exhilaration that he and his comrades experienced at their initial victories, of their deepening disillusionment as they utter defeat as the tumultuous first phase of the Cultural Revolution came to a close The portraits of the persons to whom Gao introduces us classmates, teachers, family members gain weight and density as the story unfolds, so that in the end we see how they all became victims of the dynamics of a mass movement out of control.


10 thoughts on “Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution

  1. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    This book is amazing It s well written, entertaining and educational I felt like I had really been there and had really lived through this experience My eyes were completely opened to this different time and different culture Some parts are extremely graphic and unbelievably sad I cried at least 3 times, imaging the horror of these situations The read is worth every word.


  2. Jon Jon says:

    With experiences as interesting as Gao Yuan s it is hard to conceive of a retelling that isn t at least 3 stars I must admit that this is the first chronicle of the cultural revolution that I have read so far As a result I do not have much to compare to In the book Yuan states that he had journalistic aspirations and eventually became a journalist I feel that this has influenced his writing style to beof a traditional journalist type, where information is given without much or any inte With experiences as interesting as Gao Yuan s it is hard to conceive of a retelling that isn t at least 3 stars I must admit that this is the first chronicle of the cultural revolution that I have read so far As a result I do not have much to compare to In the book Yuan states that he had journalistic aspirations and eventually became a journalist I feel that this has influenced his writing style to beof a traditional journalist type, where information is given without much or any interpretation Born Red is written in incredibly simple syntax, leaving the story itself to awe the reader instead of Gao s writing skills Unfortunately, Gao doesn t do the best job at detailing unique qualities of other characters Instead a focus is given on major actions, not general feelings or temperaments This might be a pro for those who are looking for the most accurate representation possible, as it is hard to remember past feelings Anyways, as a result you are unable to create a complete mental representation of the characters or see why Gao liked or disliked some characters over others, etc However this criticism isn t universal throughout the book Briefly in the beginning Gao attempts to establish the characteristics of his classmates My second thought on the book deals with the political and historical context that is, or isn t, given Some might find this a negative of the book, however I found it interesting to go through the events like a normal student would, without the clarity hindsight gives.Overall reading Born Red was a great experience and I hope to follow up on this book with other chronicles of the cultural revolution.


  3. Kenny Smith Kenny Smith says:

    An absolutely riveting story of one man s experience with the Cultural Revolution My only complaint is that the writing was somewhat uneven the opening chapters struck me as being somewhat repetitive and could have used some trimming around the edges The later chapters, though, are beautifully written, and some of them brought me to tears Definitely worth the read for anyone interested in Chinese history or, for that matter, authoritarian movements.


  4. Marshall Marshall says:

    Great inside look at the Chinese cultural revolution


  5. Michael Michael says:

    Gao Yuan gives his personal account of life as a Red Guard with all the struggles both emotionally and physically during China s Cultural Revolution At times I felt I was reading Lord of the Flies, children as military leaders What an ordeal for anyone to endure.


  6. Cindy Muya Cindy Muya says:

    very informative, but also very disturbing account of the author s experiences as a youth during the Cultural Revolution i felt almost ill during one account of torture and abuse inflicted on one of his peers they were only of middle school age at the time very disturbing indeed.


  7. David Barney David Barney says:

    Fasinating story about China from a young man s perpective I enjoyed learning about China during this time.


  8. Gabby Gabby says:

    A truly engrossing account of an incredible and uncanny time And very readable to boot.


  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    This book was a frank discussion of what it was like to participate in the Cultural Revolution, and how a person might come to terms with that participation after the bloody events were all over.


  10. Rachel A Rachel A says:

    Fascinating Very educational.


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