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A grand slam of a book An essential view of The Great Helmsman s wretched Cultural Revolution as told through the life of this woman a widow and mother whose long dead husband had had the misfortune to work for the Imperialist Dog, Shell Oil A harrowing and mind numbing read A book that will make you angry Prepare yourself accordingly Not for the faint of heart. It s been some twenty years since I read this book, a book that has stayed with me in a very powerful way In fact, I would say that Life and Death in Shanghai is among my Top Twenty among the hundreds of non fiction books I have read. Several years ago, there was a guy from mainland who went to Hongkong to buy some books that were banned in Mainland The book store was in the airport I don t know whether he was interested in those books But I can tell that he bought this book, he put it in the shopping cart.You know what, when he d finished the purchase and got out of the airport, he was taken away immediately by some guys from Mainland, who worked for some related department bureau of them comms motherfuckers, which suppresses and persecutes the dissident for decades all along And those guys had being reconned and tracked him for a while, yeah.Then, this banned book purchase guy just got vanished , I mean disappeared in the air just like a fart.Well, perhaps you might be skeptical in what I ve just said, OK, you can call it a day But I m sure it was really true and this guy wasn t me this I can for sure guarantee you And that s it.Oh, there s onething I wanna add, that s FUCK YOU, CHINA Wow, man Just, wow What the fuck.People were being treated like this 5o years ago Just fifty years Granted, the Holocaust was only 25 years before this, but still, it never ceases to amaze me how cruel people can be, and the sheer destructiveness that Communism or its offshoots has wrought upon the world China, Russia the USSR, Cambodia, etc.I have to wonder how Karl Marx would have felt if he had seen the misery that countless people suffered through because of zealots in power who saw Communism as black and white.Nien Cheng s story really illustrates how fucked up the Cultural Revolution was not just on a personal level as her home and possessions were ransacked stolen but on a national level, as old ways of living were discarded In some ways this was good Communism in China made it so that women were equal to men but a lot of ugliness and prejudice remained, and were exacerbated by Communist principles People of all levels of society suffered, and for the most asinine and stupid things.This poor woman spent over six years in prison because she refused to offer a false confession Given what she went through, I can understand how some people would break under that sort of treatment and make a false confession just to make the pain stop, and Nien went through a LOT including almost losing her hands I can not help but feel angry on her behalf because when she finally finds out why she was targeted, it s so fucking bogus that it only holds water in a dystopia which is pretty much what Communist China was back then and still is in many ways today.This was a very educational and sobering read, and really gives the reader a searing glance into the consequences of Chairman Mao s delusions as well as the fanaticism that gets people swept up in madness and violence. During the Cultural Revolution in China, the author an educated, upper class woman, at the age of fifty, had to undergo six and a half years of solitary confinement I really admire her and think that she was an incredible woman, particularly given all that she had to go through Her perseverance, patience, and fortitude were amazing Plus, she was smart as a tack and I loved her zest for living.As far as the book goes, it was fascinating and certainly eye opening, but after a certain point, it started to get repetitive and I was ready to lose my mind I realize that her experience in the prison with the endless interrogations was repetitive and she was writing her story It was just burdensome on me as the reader China is not exactly a walk in the park when it comes to human rights No country with a totalitarian regime is I ve said this before and I ll say it again in today s world where every time someone doesn t like a certain politician or someone disagreeing with them, they re immediately called Hitler or a Nazi I say, Hey, why stop there Why limit yourself to Hitler Let s carry it further Most people don t realize that communist governments slaughtered an estimated 120 million people in the 20th century They outdid Hitler 20 1 Let us stop throwing these labels around and cheapening them In Communist China, 70 million were killed Communism should be hated and feared farthan Nazism How blessed I am, and how grateful we all should be, to live where we have democracy, human rights, and freedom I learned so much from this book, but again, I got bogged down with the writing style, repetition, and length of this book I would give this 3.5 stars, but I m feeling generous, so I ll go with four Oh, and one final point to consider fordo not put spoilers in the Kindle book description That was absolute idiocy on their part Here are some of my favorite quotes It s always best to look ahead and not backwards Possessions are not important Think of those beautiful porcelain pieces I had Before they came to me, they had all passed through the hands of many people, surviving wars and natural disasters I got them only because someone else lost them While I had them, I enjoyed them now some other people will enjoy them Life itself is transitory Possessions are not important One of the most ugly aspects of life in Communist China during the Mao Zedong era was the Party s demand that people inform on each other routinely and denounce each other during political campaigns This practice had a profoundly destructive effect on human relationships Husbands and wives became guarded with each other, and parents were alienated from their children The practice inhibited all forms of human contact, so that people no longer wanted to have friends It also encouraged secretiveness and hypocrisy To protect himself, a man had to keep his thoughts to himself When he was compelled to speak, often lying was the only way to protect himself and his family In fact, after living in Communist China for so many years, I realized that one of the advantages enjoyed by a democratic government that allows freedom of speech is that the government knows exactly who supports it and who is against it, while a totalitarian government knows nothing of what the people really think A landlord is put through a struggle session during the Great Leap Forward, a practice popular during the later Cultural Revolution, Guangdong, circa 1953.Chinese Red Guards, 1966Red Guards hold up their copies of Chairman Mao s Little Red Book in Beijing, 1966 This book is one that I would definitely recommend to all readers It is eloquently written and very engaging It chronicles the imprisonment of a Western educated business woman living in China during the Cultural Revolution.It is a very intimate look at Mao Tse Tung and how his philosophies affected the Chinese people and not for the better Mrs Cheng is a wonderful narrator and writes a very excellent true story.Recommended to all who like an intense story of human survival, and all those who are also interested in the culture and history of China. A true life personal account of the experiences suffered by Nieng Cheng, during the horrors of the Cultural Revolution in Communist China in the 1960s.It gives us some scope on the total madness and cruel destruction of the Maoist regime which was responsible in 27 years for the death of over 50 million people and the destruction of countless lives.The type of speech railing against reactionaries , counter revolutionaries and running dogs of imperialism is chillingly close to the rhetoric still used today left wing regimes today, and on left wing university campuses around the world.Nien Cheng was a cultured and educated lady who had worked in Shell s international offices in shanghai after the death of her husband from cancer in 1957.In 1966 the Maoist Red Guards who held China in their grip of terror, swept into her house and destroyed all she had, before she was thrown into a Chinese prison, tortured and beaten and starved for six and a half years, by the Maoist authorities who tried to force her to confess to being an imperialist spy.She refused to relent and maintained her innocence until her release in 1973, and her rehabilitation in 1976.When she was released from prison she discovered that her daughter had been beaten to death by Revolutionary Guards.Ultimately her struggle to survive allowed her to alert the world to the horrors of Communist China, through this true life classic, Life and Death in Shanghai , a must for anybody who is interested in human rights or in the indestructibility of the human spirit.Millions of innocent people were forced into cowsheds gulags where they would be dehumanized and often die, by the hands of the Chinese Communists.Note both the destruction of human life and of China s ancient culture, where all that was good and beautiful was destroyed in a campaign to correct the four olds old culture, old customs, old habits and old ways of thinking.Today despite the economic liberalization that has taken place, Red China still remains one of the greatest tyrannies on earth, with no sign of political liberalization, and in which thousands of political and religious dissidents still languish and die in laogai prisons, where today there organs are harvested in a sick and evil industry directed by the Chinese Communist Party. Wonderful book So well written The author spent over 6 years in prison during the cultural revolution, during that time her daughter was murdered, after release she was harassed and spied upon Eventually she left China, but had to leave all her possessions, money, etc behind Somehow you never feel depressed while reading about all these terrible things The backbone of this woman is amazing, her poise in these situations that would destroy most people And never a boring page. In AugustA Group Of Red Guards Ransacked The Home Of Nien Cheng Her Background Made Her An Obvious Target For The Fanatics Of The Cultural Revolution Educated In London, The Widow Of An Official Of Chiang Kai Shek S Regime, And An Employee Of Shell Oil, Nien Cheng Enjoyed Comforts That Few Of Her Compatriots Could Afford When She Refused To Confess That Any Of This Made Her An Enemy Of The State, She Was Placed In Solitary Confinement, Where She Would Remain For Than Six Years Life And Death In Shanghai Is The Powerful Story Of Nien Cheng S Imprisonment, Of The Deprivation She Endured, Of Her Heroic Resistance, And Of Her Quest For Justice When She Was Released It Is The Story, Too, Of A Country Torn Apart By The Savage Fight For Power Mao Tse Tung Launched In His Campaign To Topple Party Moderates An Incisive, Rare Personal Account Of A Terrifying Chapter In Twentieth Century History, Life And Death In Shanghai Is Also An Astounding Portrait Of One Woman S Courage Amazing, eye opening book that details what life was like in China during the Cultural Revolution.