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By Fan Shen

In 1966 twelve-year-old Fan Shen, a newly minted pink safeguard, plunged fortunately into China’s Cultural Revolution. Disillusion quickly undefined, then grew to become to disgust and worry while Shen came across that his compatriots had tortured and murdered a physician whose residence he’d helped raid and whose appealing daughter he secretly loved. a narrative of coming of age in the middle of huge ancient upheaval, Shen’s Gang of One is greater than a memoir of 1 younger man’s harrowing adventure in the course of a time of terror. it's also, regardless of conditions of outstanding grimness and injustice, an not likely picaresque story of experience filled with braveness, crafty, wit, tenacity, resourcefulness, and sheer luck—the tale of the way Shen controlled to scheme his method via a highly oppressive method and emerge positive.

Gang of One recounts how Shen escaped, many times, from his appointed destiny, as while he one way or the other came across himself a physician at 16 or even, miraculously, kept a couple of lives. In such unstable instances, even if, reliable success may possibly speedy flip to misfortune: a move to the East Wind plane manufacturing facility bought him out of the nation-state and into one other bad seize, the place many of us have been pushed to suicide; his mystery self-education took him from the manufacturing unit to school, the place friendship with an American instructor earned him the wrath of the key police. Following a course strewn with perils and pitfalls, twists and surprises beneficial of Dickens, Shen’s tale is eventually an exuberant human comedy in contrast to any other.

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