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Feather in the Storm: A Childhood Lost in Chaos (edició 2009)

de Emily Wu (Autor)

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"It is my hope that this memoir may serve as a reminder and a memorial to all of the children who were lost in the Chaos," Emily Wu writes at the beginning of Feather in the Storm. Told from a child's and young girl's point of view, Wu's spellbinding account-which spans nineteen years of growing up during the chaos of China's Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution-opens on her third birthday as she meets her father for the first time in a concentration camp. A well-known academic and translator of American literary classics, her father had been designated an "ultra-rightist" and class enemy. As a result, Wu's family would be torn apart and subjected to an unending course of humiliation, hardship and physical and psychological abuse. Wu tells her story of this hidden Holocaust, in which millions of children and their families died, through a series of vivid vignettes that brilliantly-and innocently-evoke the cruelty and brutality of what was taking place daily in the world around her. From watching helplessly as the family apartment is ransacked and her father carted off by former students to be publicly beaten, to her own rape and the hard labor and primitive rituals of life in a remote peasant village, Wu is persecuted as a child of the damned. Wu's narrative is poignant, disturbing and unsentimental, and, despite the nature of what it describes, is filled with the resiliency of youth-and even humor. That Emily Wu survived is remarkable. That she is able to infuse her story with such immediacy, power and unexpected beauty is the greatness of this book. Feather in the Storm is an unforgettable story of the courage and silent suffering of one small child set in a quicksand world of endless terror.… (més)
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Títol:Feather in the Storm: A Childhood Lost in Chaos
Autors:Emily Wu (Autor)
Informació:Anchor (2009), Edition: Reprint, 354 pages
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Spellbinding and chilling. Especially as I am the grandmother of two little girls from China. ( )
  elsyd | Nov 30, 2011 |
Koskettava ja rankka tarina kiinalaisesta tytöstä ja tämän varttumisesta nuoreksi naiseksi keskellä Kiinan kulttuurivallankumousta. Miltä tuntuu, kun käytännössä menettää ihmisarvonsa keskellä vallankumousta, jossa vastakkainasettelu on hyvinkin räikeää? Tämä teos piti otteessaan loppuun asti.
  vaapukka | Mar 8, 2011 |
Really painful tale of a childhood shattered in Mao's China. ( )
  bookalover89 | Feb 14, 2011 |
This absolutely phenomenal book about the author’s growing up during the Chaos period of China’s history and the Cultural Revolution is jaw-droopingly powerful. Her writing style is simple, analysis of emotion is scant, but the stark narrative hits hard. Most amazing: the story starts when the author is only four, but she brilliantly reconstructs her childhood experience, and despite an environment very different than anything I’ve ever personally experienced, she is still a child and one can recognize curiosity, innocence and the amazing resilience of all children in her. Warning, this is not a happy read; many die in terrible, ironic and sad ways, the treatment of “black families” (families that have been deemed to be against the cultural reform of China) is never-endingly frustrating, but still the author’s family lives and strives to stay together. A very important and hauntingly beautiful book. I’ve read some other memoirs from this period in China, and this one, I know, will stay with me. ( )
  xollo | Aug 20, 2008 |
This vivid memoir chronicles the early years of Yimao Wu, a child whose intellect, resourcefulness, and instincts help her to survive the chaos of China’s Cultural Revolution. This frank depiction of life within a “black-family,” a family whose patriarch must suffer the torture and indignity of re-education because he is believed to hold Western ideals, illustrates the astonishing degree of suffering and injustice millions of Chinese children experienced during China’s Great Leap Forward. Wu’s remembrances infuse her story with unexpected beauty and humor, surprising and rare moments when Wu is able to experience a taste of what it is to be a child. The graceful, unsentimental writing draws readers into memories that seem both honest and impossibly brutal. This book is recommended to any teen or adult reader who is interested in history and awed by the human will, the ability to persevere just for the chance to live. ( )
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"It is my hope that this memoir may serve as a reminder and a memorial to all of the children who were lost in the Chaos," Emily Wu writes at the beginning of Feather in the Storm. Told from a child's and young girl's point of view, Wu's spellbinding account-which spans nineteen years of growing up during the chaos of China's Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution-opens on her third birthday as she meets her father for the first time in a concentration camp. A well-known academic and translator of American literary classics, her father had been designated an "ultra-rightist" and class enemy. As a result, Wu's family would be torn apart and subjected to an unending course of humiliation, hardship and physical and psychological abuse. Wu tells her story of this hidden Holocaust, in which millions of children and their families died, through a series of vivid vignettes that brilliantly-and innocently-evoke the cruelty and brutality of what was taking place daily in the world around her. From watching helplessly as the family apartment is ransacked and her father carted off by former students to be publicly beaten, to her own rape and the hard labor and primitive rituals of life in a remote peasant village, Wu is persecuted as a child of the damned. Wu's narrative is poignant, disturbing and unsentimental, and, despite the nature of what it describes, is filled with the resiliency of youth-and even humor. That Emily Wu survived is remarkable. That she is able to infuse her story with such immediacy, power and unexpected beauty is the greatness of this book. Feather in the Storm is an unforgettable story of the courage and silent suffering of one small child set in a quicksand world of endless terror.

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