Red Flower of China by Zhai Zhenhua
An Autobiography

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



"The Cultural Revolution had transformed me into a devil," writes Zhai. In 1966, at age 15, she led a Red Guard brigade that tortured Chinese citizens branded counterrevolutionaries. She beat innocent people to death and had others exiled; her squad raided homes and murdered people. Now a professor of engineering in British Columbia, Zhai expresses remorse and guilt rather perfunctorily, and her cool confession is tinged with rationalizations. She blames the flourishing of her "evil, barbaric side" on her blind faith in Chairman Mao. Her fervor gave way to bitter disillusionment when she herself was banished to the countryside in 1969 to do three years of hard labor and be "re-educated" by peasants. This is a grisly account of how political brainwashing can induce converts to commit monstrous acts.

About Zhai Zhenhua

See more books from this Author
Published July 1, 2003 by Soho Press. 245 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Red Flower of China

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Ambitious, and determined to be a ``progressive''--the approved ranking--she was an ideal candidate for membership in the Red Guard when, in 1966, Mao set in motion the events that led not to only years of turmoil but to the destruction of a whole generation of gifted young Chinese.

| Read Full Review of Red Flower of China: An Autob...

Rate this book!

Add Review