A Single Tear A Family's Persecution Love and Endurance in

A Single Tear A Family's Persecution Love and Endurance in Communist China Never hold a romantic imagination of historyA well written tearing book that really showed how terrifying suffocating and chilling it was during Mao's time The book was originally written in English I read this book in the Chinese version translated by the author himself aiming to finish it in one go But I couldn't The emotional burden was so real that I had to pause and come back to it after a few days The author returned to serve the homeland that he loved in 1952 but little to be expected he got thrown in the middle of several political campaigns and movement Himself suffering through prisons labor camps nationwide famine caused by Mao's policy and cultural revolution Betrayal of close friends and colleagues only add to the severeness of his suffering If he wasn't a well educated man if his spirit was not nurtured by classic literature and books if he didn't have the Hamlet nor poem of Du Fu I can't imagine there will be any slight chance to survive through 22 years of physical and spiritual suffering It's a terrifying time to live through with no one can be trusted with nothing to depends on your life onThe world today is maybe better than ever but there is no guarantee that tomorrow we won't relive the history While many Uyghurs already living in 21 century concentration camps the return of evil is clearly on the horizon To prevent it from becoming worse please don't hold romantic imagination of the pastNothing should be taken for granted Well on his way toward a doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1951 the author was invited to teach at a university in China and thus began a grueling 20 year life in a government controlled He and his wife describe his life as a rightest and then in a cow shed as a nation wide effort was made toward discarding all the old ways and accepting the new life that had been created Recounted in great detail were the restrictions placed on everyone the necessity to tell all about former capitalist thoughts or associations life as a professor at a university where accusations were made that forced him and his family to live in the countryside like a peasant Reading of all the privations I was surprised that he didn't manage somehow to leave the country He waited long years til he was finally exhonerated A sad sad story 剛開始讀覺得作者的表達太情緒化了,到後來,也慢慢理解了。滿腔報國熱情,在二十餘年的政治運動消磨殆盡,“一筆勾銷”哪有那麼容易,或許,也是無奈与自己、与過去的環境和解吧。 I read this book for my book club as it was chosen by a member who knew this couple in their much later years when they were members of our church I was pleasantly surprised at how well written it is both the author and his wife write with humor a bit of irony and sarcasm and a full command of the English language It is not translated from Chinese The story of what happened to this man and his family during the Communist takeover of China serves as an excellent microcosm of that country's most tumultuous years of adjustment and power struggles Their strength of heart mind and spirit is amazing and inspiring It was an interesting historical biography about Communist China which is a topic I didn't know much about so that part was fascintaing However the author didn't pull me in at the beginning so it took about 75 pages to get into it and his writing style wasn't that great The content was good though and I'm glad I read it If you have never read anything about the cultural revolution in China this would be a good choice It's amazing that someone could endure the torture and imprisonment these people experienced In the end their attitudeperspectie on it is uite inspiring Because I have read other similar stories I found it a little long and drawn out If you want to know about china and the hard knocks of communism then read this book In 1951 Ningkun Wu returned to China from the University of Chicago to teach English at the behest of the new Communist government Two years later he wa s arrested as an ultra rightest This illuminating narrative tells Wu's story over the next 30 years the harrowing tale of a class enemy and a remarkable testament to a family's love and perseverance REad this book in class My professor lived with this family for many years We had a conference call with Mr Wu He is an amazing man


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