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|By Ji-Li Jiang
Partly because Red Scarf Girl is written in a simple, direct, reportorial
style, it is marketed to ages 10 and up.
However, this is no juvenile book. It reflects
upon very serious, very adult themes.
It is a story of ordinary people’s
in a society gone mad. It deals
by association, lust for power,
and how decent
people can lose their moral compass
fighting for survival. It also
even a child can show great courage
face of injustice.
In 1966 Ji-Li Jiang was a happy
in China. Then the Cultural Revolution
her life into chaos. Schools
on political indoctrination.
orders from students. When her
unjustly imprisoned, she endured
to visit him. At the cost of
becoming a pariah
herself, she refused to denounce
book is a gripping page-turner.
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