• Title: When Huai Flowers Bloom: Stories of the Cultural Revolution
  • Author: Shu Jiang Lu
  • ISBN: 9780791472316
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Huai Flowers Bloom Stories of the Cultural Revolution Set against China s turbulent years between the early s and the late s When Huai Flowers Bloom is the literary memoir of a young girl who manages to sustain love imagination and strength du
    Set against China s turbulent years between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, When Huai Flowers Bloom is the literary memoir of a young girl who manages to sustain love, imagination, and strength during this most chaotic time With twelve separate yet interconnected stories, Shu Jiang Lu alternates between storyteller and listener as she relays haunting memories and explSet against China s turbulent years between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, When Huai Flowers Bloom is the literary memoir of a young girl who manages to sustain love, imagination, and strength during this most chaotic time With twelve separate yet interconnected stories, Shu Jiang Lu alternates between storyteller and listener as she relays haunting memories and explores the devastating effect of Mao s anticultural Cultural Revolution Lu weaves together the voices of multiple real and fantastic characters her parents and their treasured yet forbidden bookcase the mysterious vendors beckoning from Pear Flower Alley the immortal martial hero the reactionary opera singer and the black demon novelist the whispering ghost and dancing fairy and the author herself, discovering her storyteller s voice in the military camps of her youth When Huai Flowers Bloom is a poignant, persistent journey toward voice and freedom.

    One Reply to “When Huai Flowers Bloom: Stories of the Cultural Revolution”

    1. Having read a fair amount of the genre of bittersweet reflection works dealing with the Cultural Revolution, I’m disinclined to put Shu Jiang Lu’s “When Huai Flowers Bloom” on the list of mandatory reads, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have merit. While she tries hard to turn lyricism into poignancy, she often struggles with consistency. Ms. Lu writes with a high level of verbosity, stringing endless similes together as if the word “like” carried a commission. Unfortunately, th [...]

    2. A good book, and even though it's memoir, an interesting book for the fiction writer, especially the fantasy or science fiction writer, for two reasons.The first is it's about stories as well as about the Cultural Revolution. Why we tell stories and what they mean.And the second is that even though it's a memoir, large chunks of it read like magic realism. Cool stuff. Explanations of this or that, or the stories the narrator is told, and -- hints.

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