The Promise Love and Loss in Modern China by Xinran Xue

The Promise  Love and Loss in Modern China by Xinran Xue
The Promise Love and Loss in Modern China by Xinran Xue
epub | 425 KB | English | Author :Xinran Xue | B07MV461X1 | 2019 | Bloomsbury Publishing


Book Description :

At the start of the twentieth century in China, the Hans were married in an elaborate ceremony before they were even born. While their love was arranged by their families, this couple had much to be grateful for. Not only did they come from similar backgrounds – and as such were recognised as a good match – they also shared a passion for ancient Chinese poetry. They went on to have nine children and chose colours portrayed in some of their favourite poems as nicknames for them – Red, Cyan, Orange, Yellow, Green, Ginger, Violet, Blue and Rainbow. Fate, and the sweep of twentieth-century history, would later divide these children into three groups: three went to America or Hong Kong to protect the family line from the communists; three were married to revolutionaries having come of age as China turned red; while three were met tragically with early deaths. Xinran begins with the magic and tragedy of one young couple’s wedding night in 1950, and goes on to tell personal experiences of loss, grief and hardship through China’s extraordinary century. In doing so she tells a bigger story – how traditional Chinese values have been slowly eroded by the tide of modernity and how their outlooks on love, and the choices they’ve made in life, have all been affected by the great upheavals of Chinese history. A spell-binding and magical narrative, this is the story of modern China through the people who lived through it, and the tale of their love and loss.

Category : | Communism & Socialism, Chinese Biographies, Historical China Biographies

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