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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An important contribution to 20th Century Chinese history 2 Mar. 2003
By Zachary Adelson - Published on
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This is the very readable interesting story of Grace Divine, an aspiring opera student from Chatanooga, Tennessee, who married a Chinese engineering student, moved to China in the 1930's and raised a family. It is the story of the Japanese occupation, the civil war in the 1940's, the political changes of the 1950's, the Great Leap Forward, tne Cultural revolution amd various and sundry changes in China during the 40 years from 1934 to 1974.
All told in the most interesting and contiguous manner. The book is historically interesting - telling how a courageous woman raised her family through it all. An inspiring true story which should be read not only for inspiration and enjoyment, but can also be used as a reference book for those who want to know more about China during this period.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
history with a small "H" - an American's 'life' experienced living 40 years in China 7 July 2008
By go global 'Jane' - Published on
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What a wonderful opportunity we've been given here. We may never get to see our very own lives as we experience 'life' written in newspapers or in history books yet in this book we read not 'fiction' although the book is equally captivating as many novels often hope to be because along with Grace, an American, and her children we, too, can almost participate in their own experiences living deep inside China between 1934 and 1974. It's all here. And, yes, I agree with another reviewer: "The [original] small press editor of GRACE IN CHINA, Randall Williams of Black Belt Press in Montgomery, Ala., deserves praise for recognizing an important, memorable book that deserves both critical and popular acclaim. Since a small independent press doesn't have the resources for extensive publicity, "word of mouth" will have to spread the news." It is a rare glimpse into what few Americans saw for themselves after 1949, especially during China's Cultural Revolution. (More reviews are on the hardcover's site.)
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Must read 28 Aug. 2012
By Asianista - Published on
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Must read if you have any kind of interest in China, this is a great book from a different perspective. If you've ever been an expat, even better, read this immediately! Grace's journey in China is fascinating and that woman sure could face hardship.
The Power of Propaganda 1 Aug. 2013
By Adrienne Baigent - Published on
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A fascinating chronological account of life in China throughout an exciting era, made more interesting from an American woman's point of view. Ignore the spelling errors, due to translation and deciphering handwriting. Described events in this book accentuate the effect that propaganda can have on people's opinions and beliefs, no matter their authenticity. How stoic and courageous was this immigrant from the west as she confronted trials and tribulations. I wonder why there is no film of Grace's experiences and writings.
What it was like to live in China as an American married to a Chinese man 29 Oct. 2013
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Still Enjoying this book. An American woman's view of happenings in China, post WWII Why did she choose to remain in China long after such ups and downs?
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