Spring Moon Author:Bette Bao Lord A novel of rare beauty and skill, Spring Moon delicately captures the rich fabric of traditional life in China and the cataclysm of her long Revolution. — The author, who is herself a descendant of a scholar-gentry family, evokes as no novelist has before the mysterious and entrancing world of the inner courts, a world that is gone forever, thoug... more »h its strengths endure in the hearts of all Chinese.
The story begins in the fifth year of the reign of the Emperor Kuang Hsu, 1892, in the courtyards of the House of Chang in Soochow, as the slave girl of the child Spring Moon achieves a terrible revenge against the clan. It ends in the early 1970s when, though the moon gates and fan gates of the courts are gone, five generations of the clansmen gather at the site of the family graves to perform the ceremonies that for thousands of years have linked China's past with her present and both with the future.
During the intervening years, each according to his destiny, the clansmen play their parts: Spring Moon and her Eldest Uncle, the scholar-poet Bold Talent, Patriarch of the House of Chang; her Young Uncle, the soldier Noble Talent; her husband, Glad Promise, who is a stranger on their wedding night; her daughter Lustrous Jade; August Winds, the orphan son of poor relations; the servant Fatso - and many others.
At the center is Spring Moon. She lives with us from the first page, and it is through her that China's eternal drama and values are revealed. Not since Dr. Zhivago has a work of fiction so movingly portrayed the human spirit in times of civil war and social change.« less