Once Upon A Time in the East

Once Upon A Time in the East

A Story of Growing up

Book - 2017
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Xiaolu Guo meets her parents for the first time when she is almost seven. They are strangers to her. When she is born her parents hand her over to a childless peasant couple in the mountains. Aged two, and suffering from malnutrition on a diet of yam leaves, they leave Xiaolu with her illiterate grandparents in a fishing village on the East China Sea. It's a strange beginning. A Wild Swans for a new generation, Once Upon a Time in the East takes Xiaolu from a run-down shack to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing, navigating the everyday peculiarity of modern China: censorship, underground art, Western boyfriends. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a scholarship to study in Britain. Now, after a decade in Europe, her tale of East to West resonates with the insight that can only come from someone who is both an outsider and at home. Xiaolu Guo's extraordinary memoir is a handbook of life lessons. How to be an artist when censorship kills creativity and the only job you can get is writing bad telenovela scripts. How to be a woman when female babies are regularly drowned at birth and sexual abuse is commonplace. Most poignantly of all: how to love when you've never been shown how.
Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781784740672
1784740675
9781784740689
Characteristics: 317 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.

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wendybradley
Dec 27, 2017

The detailed review of this book outlines the story for you. If you are interested in the enormous changes that have happened in China in recent decades, then don't miss reading this powerful book. The author tells the story of her family and herself from the Cultural Revolution to her life today in the United Kingdom where she now lives.

I found it interesting not only as one story of one woman, but as a story explaining how the rapid changes in China affected the poorest of the poor. Don't miss reading this.

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