On Brittle Ground: My China Journey


by Souchou Yao

On Brittle Ground: My China Journey

Price:  US$13.31   (SGD18.49*)
Format:  Paper Back, 222 pages
Published:  2017, Malaysia, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789670960760
SB#:  060241 (170)

About This Book

When Souchou Yao returns in middle age to the Chinese market town he left as a child, he finds that he is both a stranger and a kinsman; at once a tourist and a native son. His encounters with family members who suffered the terror and persecution of Mao's Land Reforms, and his intimate observations of how the new China is still haunted by its past, are interleaved with personal reflections and mixed emotions. Can one justify the sacrifice of millions of lives in building a brave new world? Is destruction the inevitable price of progress? Can an exile ever go home again? On Brittle Ground is a moving chronicle of a journey home and a poignant reminder that new life may spring from catastrophic events, and new fires flicker among the ashes of the old. In Souchou Yao's beautiful prose narrative, unresolved paradoxes give way to the wisdom of acceptance.


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