- Title: A Small Town Called Hibiscus
- Author: Gu Hua
- ISBN: 9781410103529
- Page: 204
- Format: Paperback
A Small Town Called Hibiscus is one of the best Chinese novels to have appeared in 1981 Its author Gu Hua was brought up in the Wuling Mountains of south Hunan He presents the ups and downs of some families in a small mountain town there during the hard years in the early sixties, the cultural revolution, and after the downfall of the gang of four He shows the horriA Small Town Called Hibiscus is one of the best Chinese novels to have appeared in 1981 Its author Gu Hua was brought up in the Wuling Mountains of south Hunan He presents the ups and downs of some families in a small mountain town there during the hard years in the early sixties, the cultural revolution, and after the downfall of the gang of four He shows the horrifying impact on decent, hard working people of the gang s ultra Left line, and retains a sense of humor in describing the most harrowing incidents In the end wrongs are righted, and readers are left with a deepened understanding of this abnormal period in Chinese history and the sterling qualities of the Chinese people.
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Interesting microcosm for the larger cultural and political movements going on in China during the time. Read as a school assignment.
A classic of Chinese "scar literature," which seems to have served as a sort of social catharsis by which the horrors of the Cultural Revolution were exorcised in the immediate post-Mao era. I read it to get a picture of what life was like in a small village of rural China during the Cultural Revolution, and it certainly provided that. And it definitely affected me, to the point that I had trouble putting it down. But I also felt it was manipulative (even in its naive prose style), and the entir [...]
At first glance, this book seems like it will only be filled with small, minor tales about life in a Chinese village. Boilerplate characters are introduced, the stage is set for soap-opera drama. However, the element of hardline Chinese Communism is thrown into the mix and everything collapses and explodes. The horror of extreme Leftism descends on the small town and proceeds to destroy the lives of those who lead positive lives, and elevate those who are most vicious, cruel and fanatical. But l [...]
In the Postscript Gu Hua writes, "Life is the soil of Literature." I have heard this book described as "safe" in that it was written in a way that ensured it would not be banned in China. I can see how some may say this about the resolve in the ending of the book. However, I think this book does a good job drawing emotion from the reader and gives insight into life in the early decades of "Modern China." There are also subtle currents that are not quite obvious and maybe unintentional about how [...]
It is a new attempt with Chinese literature. It is a very good one though. there is a human aspect in it but mainly political. I've learned a lot about Chinese History and communism reading it.
Read this for my World Lit. class
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