Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution

Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution

Born Red A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution 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 s

  • Title: Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution
  • Author: Gao Yuan
  • ISBN: 9780804713696
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years 1966 1969, 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 thBorn Red is an artistically wrought personal account, written very much from inside the experience, of the years 1966 1969, 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 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 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.

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    822 Comment

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    Tragically disturbing just what humans are capable of. Great book. Highly recommend, especially for those trying to understand China.

    My favorite line from this book is; "the future is uncertain as the past is elastic." What a horrible time period to live through, assuming you survived. Great book!

    Chairman Mao created a hell for his people back in the day. Hopefully they'll fully recover from it as time passes by.

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