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Legacies A Chinese Mosaic (Paperback)

Author:  Bette Lord
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0449906205
ISBN-13: 9780449906200
Sku: 30070869
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  260
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In her bestselling novel Spring Moon, Betty Bao Lord revealed the proud essence of China to millions. In her extraordinary new bestseller, which spent two month on the New York Times bestseller list, Lord brings the country to life even more powerfully--through her own life and those of her family, the famous, and the unknown. *Author: Lord, Bette Bao *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 260 *Publication Date: 1991/07/20 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.70 x 5.50 x 0.64 inches
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"Powerful... Anyone who cares about china must read this book.... Bette Bao Lord writes with compelling elegance and grace."-- The Boston GlobeUrgent and timeless, Legacies brings us closer than we have ever been to penetrating the great conundrum of China m the twentieth century. It could only have been written by Bette Bao Lord -- born in China, raised in America, author of the bestselling novel Spring Moon, wife of a former American ambassador to China, resident in Beijing during the "China Spring" of 1989. Lord's unique web of relationships and her sensitive insight have enabled her to observe Chinese life both high and low, Communist and dissident, intellectual and ordinary.Lord interweaves her own story, and that of her clansmen, with the voices of men and women who recall the tumultuous experience of the last fifty years, and the legacy of the Cultural Revolution. In precise, subtle prose, Lord explores the reality of Red Guards and reeducation camps, of friends and families severed by political disgrace, and captures the individual voices of those caught up in them: the seven-year-old girl with a heart full of hate for her father; the journalist whose girlfriend believes the Party newspapers, not him; the imprisoned scholar who hid his writings in his quilt for years; the anti-revolutionary who tells his bitter story in a vein of high farce. All bear heartbreaking witness to the surreal quality of Chinese society today -- and to the astonishing resilience, humor, and heroic equanimity of the Chinese spirit."Legacies is an important book. Because the Chinese can no longer tell their own stories, these accounts are all the more necessary to remind the world of the horrors of unchecked political power."-- The Washington Post Book World"Brilliant and terrifying ... Lord unmasks contemporary China and elucidates the cruel promise of China Spring. The novelist bears witness to China's struggle from an extraordinary perspective.... This eloquent book's power to give hope to the Chinese people depends on the steady gaze of Americans and others with the not-so-simple freedom to read its message inked in blood."-- USA Today"Extraordinary ... Endlessly fascinating, original and deeply tragic."-- Philadelphia Inquirer"A vivid and startling mosaic of the political struggles that foreshadowed the Tiananmen Square uprising."In her bestselling novel Spring Moon, Betty Bao Lord revealed the proud essence of China to millions. In her extraordinary new bestseller, which spent two month on the New York Times bestseller list, Lord brings the country to life even more powerfully--through her own life and those of her family, the famous, and the unknown.Urgent and timeless, Legacies brings us closer than we have ever been to penetrating the great conundrum of China m the twentieth century. It could only have been written by Bette Bao Lord -- born in China, raised in America, author of the bestselling novel Spring Moon, wife of a former American ambassador to China, resident in Beijing during the "China Spring" of 1989. Lord's unique web of relationships and her sensitive insight have enabled her to observe Chinese life both high and low, Communist and dissident, intellectual and ordinary.

Lord interweaves her own story, and that of her clansmen, with the voices of men and women who recall the tumultuous experience of the last fifty years, and the legacy of the Cultural Revolution. In precise, subtle prose, Lord explores the reality of Red Guards and reeducation camps, of friends and families severed by political disgrace, and captures the individual voices of those caught up in them: the seven-year-old girl with a heart full of hate for her father; the journalist whose girlfriend believes the Party newspapers, not him; the imprisoned scholar who hid his writings in his quilt for years; the anti-revolutionary who tells his bitter story in a vein of high farce. All bear heartbreaking witness to the surreal quality of Chinese society today -- and to the astonishing resilience, humor, and heroic equanimity of the Chinese spirit.
Annotation:
Bette Bao Lord, a consultant for CBS News, interviews Chinese citizens at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and provides first-hand reports, as well as reminiscences and family histories. Taken together, these elements present a great deal of context to the political and social problems of China.

Praise

Time
"Well before the advent of the democracy movement in Beijing, [Lord] began recording [Chinese intellectuals'] uncensored life stories. Back in the U.S. after the crackdown, she spliced them together with recollections drawn from her own Chinese roots. The result is a vivid and startling mosaic of the political struggles that foreshadowed the Tiananmen Square uprising....Lord's most indelible portraits involve the turbulent decade of the Cultural Revolution." - Sandra Burton 03/12/1990

New York Times Book Review
"'Legacies' is franker, more penetrating and infinitely sadder than most journalistic accounts of the brave and tragic uprising at Tiananmen Square....The writing in 'Legacies,' devoid of sentimental pity, saves the book from becoming a catalogue of miseries, just as some internal mechanism spares many Chinese from deep depressions or other mental illnesses....[T]he powerful voices [Lord] orchestrates here explain eloquently why ordinary Chinese, pushed throughout their lives to endure the unendurable, might stand up to a tank." - Linda Mathews 04/15/1990

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0260
Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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