Colors of the Mountain Author:Da Chen Colors of the Mountain is a classic story of triumph over adversity, a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love, and a welcome introduction to an amazing young writer. — Da Chen was born in 1962, in the Year of Great Starvation. Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution engulfed millions of Chinese citizens, and the Red Guard enforced ... more »Mao's brutal communist regime. 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. Despite this background of poverty and danger, and Da Chen grows up to be resilient, tough, and funny, learning how to defend himself and how to work toward his future. 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.« less
Da Chen's memoir describes his boyhood and adolescence during and after China's Cultural Revolution in the 1960's and 70's. It is a book about growing up in a heated political environment, and keeping hope alive.
If you are interested in Communist rule, or China, or Mao, this book provides a first hand account of the struggles of the peasantry under Mao's rule. Really touching book. I dig it, but I'm also a China-file, so I am definitely biased.
great book by the man who grew up as an outcast in China during the Cultural Revolution, and how he persevered and overcame great odds to gain the opportunity to go to college. Written with pathos and humor.
Wonderful read. An engrossing book. Chens family belongs to the despised landlord class, as he grows up Chen remembers his father and grandfather routinely beaten and sent to the labor camps. Rich with the scent of rural life, catching frogs, working the rice fields, feasting on oysters and fried peanuts. This book is an exhilarating account of sucess in the life of adversity. Not one moment wasted reading this novel.