The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's Son

The Attic Memoir of a Chinese Landlord s Son Novelist Guanlong Cao s autobiographical account of growing up in urban Shanghai affords a rare glimpse into daily life during the forty turbulent years following the Communist Revolution Forced to th

  • Title: The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's Son
  • Author: Guanlong Cao
  • ISBN: 9780520204058
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Novelist Guanlong Cao s autobiographical account of growing up in urban Shanghai affords a rare glimpse into daily life during the forty turbulent years following the Communist Revolution Forced to the bottom of Chinese society as class enemies, Cao s family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic The details of their day to day existence the endless quest for eNovelist Guanlong Cao s autobiographical account of growing up in urban Shanghai affords a rare glimpse into daily life during the forty turbulent years following the Communist Revolution Forced to the bottom of Chinese society as class enemies, Cao s family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic The details of their day to day existence the endless quest for enough food, its preparation, Cao s schooling and friends, the stirrings of sexual desire, his dreams and fantasies are brought brilliantly to life in spare yet evocative prose The memoir illuminates a world largely unknown to Westerners, one where human pettiness, cruelty, joy, and tenderness play themselves out against a backdrop of political upheaval and material scarcity.Reminiscent of the concise style of classical Chinese memoirs, Cao s lean, elegant prose heightens the emotional intensity of his story Perceptive and humorous, his voice is deeply original It is a voice that demands to be heard for the historical moment it captures as well as for the personal revelations it distills.

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    1. This book is a quiet, at times lyrical, at times elegiac, collection of memories of a family of six that lived for nearly thirty years in the one-room attic of a three story building in Shanghai. The author was eight years old and one of four children when the family moved there, reprieved from revolutionary trials as a member of the landlord class by a quirk of fate; some official had issued them a travel pass from their village to the big city.From descriptions of "foraging" for fruit at whole [...]

    2. A good and not very long memoir to read. It's a memoir that was written more like a novel and divided into small short chapters. The author told the stories of his childhood and growing up in Shanghai. We got to have a glimpse into the life of ordinary Chinese in Shanghai prior and after the Cultural Revolution, how the revolution affected families and everyday life. The chapters on his time at the automotive school show some insights on educational institutions in China under the communist rule [...]

    3. I don't read many memoirs, but I really enjoyed this one. Cao writes about his life in Shanghai from the early '50s to late '80s and about his family's efforts to lift themselves out of poverty and to adjust to the shifting policies of the government. The writing style is strong and clear, and the incidents Cao writes about unite to form an engaging and engrossing narrative.

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