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Dream of the Walled City Lisa Huang Fleischman 0671042297 9780671042295 Marking the debut of a stunning new literary talent, Lisa Huang Fleischmans extraordinary saga -- inspired by her grandmothers life as an early feminist, poli
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Dream of the Walled City by Lisa Huang Fleischman

Marking the debut of a stunning new literary talent, Lisa Huang Fleischmans extraordinary saga -- inspired by her grandmothers life as an early feminist, political activist, and friend of Mao Zedong -- is a masterpiece about one clever and resourceful woman, growing up amidst the turmoil of twentieth-century China.Dream of the Walled CityBorn in 1890, the privileged and sheltered daughter of a high-ranking imperial official, Jade Virtue spends her childhood enclosed by the towering walls of her familys sprawling mansion, never glimpsing the desperate struggle of Chinas ancient society, as the old ways are challenged and the twentieth century?fast, fearsome, and tumultuous?rushes in. But when her father mysteriously dies, young Jade Virtue is suddenly thrust into poverty, and experiences firsthand a traditional culture falling apart under the onslaught of growing rebellion against the Emperor, rapid social changes, and the mounting aggression of Japan and the West.Fleischman has rendered a richly textured, panoramic vision of Chinese life in the perilous years between the end of the empire and the Communist triumph of 1949, charting Jade Virtues arranged first marriage to the corrupt opium addict Wang Mang, who harbors a terrible secret in his familys past; her awakening independence and ambivalent politics; her struggles with motherhood; and her fascinating acquaintance with a gifted, idealistic, fiercely ambitious young man named Mao Zedong. But the most important choices of her life are shaped by her conflicting loyalties to her intense lifelong friendship with Jinyu, a fiery woman revolutionary, and to Guai, a government official and sworn enemy of the Communists, with whom she finally discovers true and redemptive love.Exquisitely nuanced and lyrical yet marked with a driving power,Dream Of The Walled Cityis an enthralling novel of hard-won personal independence set against the vivid backdrop of a rapidly changing world. From the final days of the last dynasty through the savage Japanese invasion during World War II to the formidable red dawn of the Communist triumph; from the backward rural province of Hunan to exile on the tropical shores of Taiwan; and from the binding chains of predetermined fate to the exhilarating liberation of a human spirit, this is a remarkable odyssey you will never forget.

Author: Lisa Huang Fleischman

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 448

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Publication Date: 2001-08-01

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ISBN: 0671042297


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