Chen's remarkable story is full of unforgettable scenes of rural Chinese life: feasting on oysters and fried peanuts on New Year's Day, studying alongside classmates who wear red armbands and quote Mao, and playing and working in the peaceful rice fields near his village. Not one moment wasted reading this novel. Even the remote village of Yellow Stone was carried along by college fever. Da Chen writes beautifully, and his story opened my eyes to the effects of the Cultural Revolution and what it was like to live in China at that time. A book of great dignity. By the final pages, when his says his last goodbyes to his father and boards the bus to Beijing to attend college, Da Chen has become a hopeful man astonishing in his resilience and cheerful strength.
It was published by Anchor and has a total of 320 pages in the book. I was only nine years old. Caught up in the national mood and shouldering the aspirations of his family, Da Chen proved to be a disciplined and brilliant student, scoring so high on his exams that he was admitted to the prestigious Beijing Language Institute. After Mao died in 1976, the budding juvenile delinquent discovered that higher education might be available to him after all. In Colors of the Mountain, Da Chen presents the impact of the Cultural Revolution on a small village, far from China's political epicenter, as seen through the eyes of an exceptionally bright, sensitive, and artistic boy.
After Mao died in 1976, the budding juvenile delinquent discovered that higher education might be available to him after all. Da Chen retells his childhood and coming of age in an arresting simplicity with much grace. At one point Da has to run away from the town for almost a year just to prevent being put into the Commune Jail. There is so much freedom in the simple act of sitting there, holding up my hands, waiting to pound on the computer keyboard, waiting for words to pour from the tips of my fingers and compose the melody of life from the faded tapestry of my past. A writer living in New York, Da Chen describes the harrowing tale of his youth when his family suffers untold misery during the Cultural Revolution.
Life is full of oddities and exceptions. One suspects that these elements of the story probably aren't far from what life is currently, China being the place it is. That's how big he was. If there is a major flaw in the novel it's that the language is sometimes repetitive and awkward--one can intuit that English is obviously not Mr. By turns funny, moving, and inspiring, this memoir has a universal appeal and a deep humanity. A born artist, Da Chen seems to have spent most of his life in America determining how to come to grips with this impossible youth. Educated and skilled city workers were forced en masse out to the countryside to work the farmlands.
I just learned he has since written more books, and I can't wait to read them! Yet, life goes on and some people, like Chen, still managed to triumph through the struggles and sufferings. If I didn't know he was a born Chinese-speaker, I probably never would've guessed. Da Chen born in 1962 in Fujian, China is a Chinese author whose works include Brothers, China's Son, Sounds of the River, Sword, and Colors of the Mountain. Da Chen was born into the life of a second class citizen; people are allowed to spit, kick, curse, and order him about. To buy this book at the lowest price,. Now half-way through the book Da finds a way. It was like being liberated from a dungeon.
The struggles that Da Chen went through are so foreign to the average American, we know in the abstract that we are lucky to be born here, but Colors of the Mountain hammers it home. The narrator's inflections and pronunciations of words are often incorrect, and several times he gets mid-way through a long sentence and you can tell he loses the meaning of it -- he begins talking word by word by word by word and it doesn't flow, and he begins to trail off. This is no saga of victimization, but a thrilling account of an ordeal that fosters spiritual growth. At the same time, China itself was changing. Colors of the Mountain is a story of triumph, a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love. They called it the Year of Great Starvation. The only important thing is how Da saw his own life at the time.
My childhood was so very different from hers. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This book is an exhilarating account of sucess in the life of adversity. I can say that the history is fairly incidental to the real meat of the book. Chen's remarkable story is full of unforgettable scenes of rural Chinese life: feasting on oysters and fried peanuts on New Year's Day, studying alongside classmates who wear red armbands and quote Mao, and playing and working in the peaceful rice fields near his village. Chen s family belonged to the despised landlord class, and his father and grandfather were routinely beaten and sent to labor camps, the family of eight left without a breadwinner.
Everybody has gone through something like this. By the final pages, when his says his last goodbyes to his father and boards the bus to Beijing to attend college, Da Chen has become a hopeful man astonishing in his resilience and cheerful strength. Grandpa Chen couldn't leave the house for fear of being beaten to death; the children were spit upon in the street; and their father was regularly hauled off to labor camps, leaving the family of eight without a breadwinner. Most reader criticisms have to do with the book's flawed factual details -- but what writer is going to remember the names of office-holders and bureaucrats from when he was nine years old? Meanwhile, his grandfather was attacked randomly by neighbors and forced by the local authorities to guard lumber and tend fields. Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution engulfed millions of Chinese citizens, and the Red Guard enforced Mao's brutal communist regime.
They called it the Year of Great Starvation. Despite the devastating circumstances of his childhood and adolescence, Chen recounts his coming of age with arresting simplicity. Signed by Author s 0375502882 First Print. When he died it was like a whole dynasty had died, and I felt that China might die with him. The book is very much like a guide of how Da Chen grew up, how he and others like he were treated and cheated, and how he overcame the adversity against him.