May 11, 2020cimmay rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The first part of the book is slow and difficult. The author speaks of Grandmother, mother, daughter, grandfather, father, son, stepfather in all mixed up perspectives of the speaker. For someone who does not know english well it will be confusing. The rest of her book is more orderly and clear. After finishing it, I'm left with the visual descriptions of the labor camps beautiful landscapes. She makes you feel like you are right there. Her father is a unique person, very strong and disciplined even when faced with the choice of life or death. I did like the earliest period with her grandmother and the warlord. It's a China we will never see or know. In the end I'm not sure if Chairman Mao was mentally ill, a criminal or just evil.