A Comrade Lost and Found

A Comrade Lost and Found

A Beijing Story

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A journalist's search through Beijing for the classmate she betrayed during the Cultural Revolution reveals three decades of Chinese transformation.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151013425
015101342X
Characteristics: 322 p. : maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wong, Jan Beijing confidential

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StarGladiator
Dec 13, 2019

"She is a better person than I am." - - Jan Wong
This would be the understatement of the past four centuries -- as most are better than Jan Wong!
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After reading this I searched for reviews online, so mine is not the only one displaying disgust and dismay at this vile author - - nor do I agree with some who claim what the author did wasn't out of malicious belief - - this derives from the "any excuse will suffice" school of depravity!
If a reader is interested in a vile, soulless type, that Maoist fiend from Montreal [not a Chinese-Canadian, but a Chicom-Canadian] then read this book!
The author's compulsively insipid trivialization of her guilt is truly sociopathic!
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This book's confusing aspects reminded me of all the multiple layers of false narratives surrounding Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi. Originally they portrayed the hardcore communist, Aung, daughter of a hardcore communist, as a human rights saint, with the stupid Swedes awarding her the Nobel Peace Prize [which they also awarded to Henry Kissinger and President Obama?!?!].
Now the PuppetMedia neglects to mention that 99% of oil revenues goes to the top rulers of Myanmar - - my assumption would be that now Aung is part of that group receiving those ill-gotten gains which should go to the citizenry of Myanmar! [Usually handled through BNP Parabas and Chase Banks]
Of course, the real definition of communism is totalitarian rule with all the wealth going to the rulers. Now they are projecting Western Identity Politics narrative on Aung and calling her a "racist" - - who knows what she is, but that's far too Muslim-centric given Myanmar's widespread assaults on other non-Muslim but Asian/ethnic Chinese groups, such as Kachin Christians and others?! [And I believe Aung shares the same DNA as the Kachin people.]
You see? False narratives overlaid atop other false narratives, always obscuring the truth!
[We've seen this tired and trite story played over and over with Mao, Fidel, Stalin, et cetera, et cetera! A monster is a monster, and honest people will always acknowledge this!]

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OrangeXenon54
Dec 09, 2015

Such an amazing human story underneath the political upheavals of communist China. This book, like its "prequel", Red China Blues, is so addicting with Wong's writing leaving you wanting more and more. A must read for anyone wanting to understand the every day mentality of people in the largest country in the world.

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