Love and Loss in Modern China
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With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Xinran describes the lives and loves of this extraordinary family over four generations. What emerges is not only a moving, beautifully-written and engaging story of four people and their lives, but a crucial portrait of social change in China. Xinran begins with the magic and tragedy of one young couples wedding night in 1950, and goes on to tell personal experiences of loss, grief and hardship through China's extraordinary century. In doing so she tells a bigger story - how traditional Chinese values have been slowly eroded by the tide of modernity and how their outlooks on love, and the choices they've made in life, have been all been affected by the great upheavals of Chinese history.
A spell-binding and magical narrative, this is the story of modern China through the people who lived through it, and the story of their love and loss.
and 'talking love': my inspirations for this book
Map of China
Note on the Text
Part I. A Love Coloured by Wars and Political Movements
First sister, Red
Part II. A Communist Family Tree
Second sister, Green
Part III. A Bird's Love during the Cultural Revolution
Green's daughter, Crane
Part IV. Diverse 'Lovers'
The 3D Generation: Lili, Yoyo, Wuhen
Afterword: In and Out the Door of Life
Author's Heartfelt Thanks
A spellbinding story of love and the history of modern china