The Little Red Guard

The Little Red Guard

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A Washington Post Best of 2012 pick Three generations of a family living under one roof reflect the dramatic transformations of an entire society in this memoir of life in 20th century China When Wenguang Huang was nine years old, his grandmother became obsessed with her own death. Fearing cremation, she extracted from her family the promise to bury her after she died. This was in Xia€™an, a city in central China, in the 1970s, when a national ban on all traditional Chinese practices, including burials, was strictly enforced. But Huanga€™s grandmother was persistent, and two years later, his father built her a coffin. He also appointed his older son, Wenguang, as coffin keeper, a distinction that meant, among other things, sleeping next to the coffin at night. Over the next fifteen years, the whole family was consumed with planning Grandmaa€™s burial, a regular source of friction and contention, with the constant risk of being caught by the authorities. Many years after her death, the familya€™s memories of her coffin still loom large. Huang, now living and working in America, has come to realize how much the concern over the coffin has affected his upbringing and shaped the lives of everyone in the family. Lyrical and poignant, funny and heartrending, The Little Red Guard is the powerful tale of an ordinary family finding their way through turbulence and transition.Then we would use a rolling pin to make a big round sheet, which we folded and cut into either thin or wide noodles. ... mouse-shaped buns contained minced pork and vegetables; and buns shaped like golden nuggets had red bean pasteanbsp;...

Title:The Little Red Guard
Author:Wenguang Huang
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-04-26


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