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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

Paperback - 29 September 2009
ISBN-13 : 9780312581497
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The summer of 1972, before I turned nine, danger began knocking on doors all over China.

Nine-year-old Ling has a very happy life. Her parents are both dedicated surgeons at the best hospital in Wuhan, and her father teaches her English as they listen to Voice of America every evening on the radio. But when one of Mao's political officers moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust and hatred, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors, and soon, for herself and her family. For the next four years, Ling will suffer more horrors than many people face in a lifetime. Will she be able to grow and blossom under the oppressive rule of Chairman Mao? Or will fighting to survive destroy her spirit--and end her life?

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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1 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 05 December 2017
cultural revolution novel
By: Antonius B.

This novel is written as a little girl’s perspective during the cultural revolution. It was interesting to read a vaguely autobiographical account of the Cultural Revolution in China as youth literature.

It is written for young adult. Yet this painful read about the realities of China's violent Cultural Revolution, Maoist fanaticism, and the struggle of survival can certainly still be understood by adults, particularly considering the historic impact of the Chinese Revolution. And the ending is, thankfully, neatly wrapped up and doesn’t have another sequel coming up. 

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