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by Nancy Moskin,Guanlong Cao

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Nancy Moskin,Guanlong Cao
ISBN: 0520204050
ISBN13: 978-0520204058
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press; 1St Edition edition (April 2, 1996)
Pages: 255
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Guanlong Cao, Nancy Moskin (Translation).

Guanlong Cao, Nancy Moskin (Translation). Forced to the bottom of Chinese society as "class enemies," Cao's family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic.

THE ATTIC Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's So. Translated by Guanlong Cao and Nancy Moskin.

THE ATTIC Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's Son. By Guanlong Cao. 245 pp. Berkeley: University of California Press. In a powerful chapter called "The Culture of Killing," he describes a famous dish called Baby Mice: "A baby mouse is only as big as the last segment of your little finger.

Forced to the bottom of Chinese society as "class enemies," Cao's family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic. The details of their day-to-day existence-the endless quest for enough food, its preparation, Cao's schooling and friends, the stirrings of sexual desire, his dreams and fantasies-are brought brilliantly to life in spare yet evocative prose.

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The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's Son by Guanlong Cao & Nancy Moskin (trans

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Guanlong Cao is a Chinese-born American author, photographer and sculptor, who is best known for his autobiographic work The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord’s .

Guanlong Cao is a Chinese-born American author, photographer and sculptor, who is best known for his autobiographic work The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord’s So.

A deeply disturbing memoir of childhood in postrevolution Shanghai. Cao's father brutally beats his three sons when they are young. Guanlong Cao grew up in a tiny attic with his parents, two brothers, and sister. They had to live this way because his father, a former landlord, was now, after the Land Revolution, a ""class enemy,"" reduced by law to a perpetual state of desperate poverty and under permanent probation with the local authorities. As he ages, he goes crazy, even getting his head stuck between the ceiling and the floor in the corner of the attic; Cao's portrayal of this period is by turns pained and vindictive, detached and empathic.

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Novelist Guanlong Cao's autobiographical account of growing up in urban Shanghai affords a rare glimpse into daily life during the forty turbulent years following the Communist Revolution. Forced to the bottom of Chinese society as "class enemies," Cao's family eked out a meager existence in a cramped attic. The details of their day-to-day existence—the endless quest for enough food, its preparation, Cao's schooling and friends, the stirrings of sexual desire, his dreams and fantasies—are brought brilliantly to life in spare yet evocative prose. The memoir illuminates a world largely unknown to Westerners, one where human pettiness, cruelty, joy, and tenderness play themselves out against a backdrop of political upheaval and material scarcity.Reminiscent of the concise style of classical Chinese memoirs, Cao's lean, elegant prose heightens the emotional intensity of his story. Perceptive and humorous, his voice is deeply original. It is a voice that demands to be heard—for the historical moment it captures as well as for the personal revelations it distills.
Comments to eBook The Attic: Memoir of a Chinese Landlord's Son
Sha
In reading Cao's memoir I admired him and his family, yet at the same time did not come to feel close to them until near the end. When he told of his sister's assignment to the countryside and the desperate measures taken to bring her back to Shanghai, then I began to experience a sense of anguish, along with him. In the early parts of the book I felt a distance from the family: I did not get a sense of the fear that must have gripped the family as they sought refuge in Shanghai,and their subsequent relief, despite their--to an American--very harsh circumstances. For five people to bathe, cook, sleep, work in an attic is beyond our grasp. As the author described his dispairing and brave sister, his parents experiencing the effects of age, a quarrel over good fortune, the memoir at last came alive to me. I appreciated the author's sharing his memories; still, for most of the book, I remained an observer. I can't say exactly why.
tamada
I really enjoyed reading this book - it's one of those that draws you in and you actually live the story. Wish I could find more like it.
komandante
This book is a quiet, at times lyrical, at times elegiac, collection of memories of a family of six that lived for nearly thirty years in the one-room attic of a three story building in Shanghai. The author was eight years old and one of four children when the family moved there, reprieved from revolutionary trials as a member of the landlord class by a quirk of fate; some official had issued them a travel pass from their village to the big city.

From descriptions of "foraging" for fruit at wholesalers to ingenious tales of building a crystal radio to charming, almost hilarious stories of life at the Shanghai Automotive School (where "bald Mr. Pong taught theoretical mechanics as if it were theatrical mechanics" and Dean Lu faced down a student during the Cultural Revolution) Cao parcels out details of life during times of revolution with concise serenity.

His references to the 43 million (or more) who perished during the Great Leap Forward and the Five Black and Four Red Categories into which people were pigeon-holed during the Cultural Revolution seem almost benign. So do his musings on living too long, the tale of Japanese villagers who carry aged parents "up the mountain" or failed attempts to assist the passing of his father and his great-grandmother. But he records that he cried.

It is a cultural thing, that serenity.
Aiata
This book is captivating and full of flavor. Cao's writing style is very wonderful. When read The Attic, you gain access to a world that is not common to 20th or 21 century Americans. Cao describes his life of living in Shanghai China with very little materials but making the very best of it. The book is an excellent example of the human spirit overcoming the challenges of life. After you get into he book you just cant put it down. I would prescribe this book to anyone that would like to see into the life of mid 20th century China. Caution, this book has customs and parts of daily life that are very different from western custom. Please read with caution if you have a sensitive nature.
Uickabrod
This is a very well written tale of survival. It is filled with instances of humor and triumph. It depicts a Chinese culture and a cuisine that is not, as one of the previous reviewers stated, for the faint of heart. This story shows a person that is both proud to have survived and troubled by some of the things that he did to survive. I was fascinated by this story and I was grateful to have read it rather than to have lived it.
August
without warning, the author lauches ito a detailed a d horrible accou t of how to torture, kill a d eat all sorts of a imals, both dead a d alive. A sick example of gratuitous viole ce.
Majin
without warning, the author launches into a detailed, hideous account of how to torture, kill and eat all manner of animal, both alive and dead. A horrible example of gratuitous violence.
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