By Duncan Jepson
“Duncan Jepson magically inhabits the lifetime of a tender chinese language lady in Thirties Shanghai….I completely loved this book.”
—Janice Y. ok. Lee, New York Times bestselling writer of The Piano Teacher
“Breathtaking….A nice paintings that would circulate its readers.”
—Hong Ying, overseas bestselling writer of Daughter of the River
Readers formerly enchanted by way of Memoirs of a Geisha, Empress, and the novels of Lisa See might be captivated through Duncan Jepson’s great debut, All the plants in Shanghai. Evocative, sweeping, but intimate ancient fiction, Jepson’s novel transports us to a China near to revolution, and witnesses this colourful, tumultuous global in the course of the eyes of a girl pressured right into a lifestyles no longer of her settling on and pushed to hunt a sour revenge. This epic trip into the guts of Asia is certain to mesmerize lovers of Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the key Fan.
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Like Mao, Lin relied on more than the Marxist–Leninist canon. Though far from an erudite scholar, he kept a card box of his favorite classical sayings that could be employed as universally valid moral precepts. ”10 Lin Biao is often credited with being the mastermind behind the compilation of Quotations from Chairman Mao, since he appears as author of the preface to the revised second edition. However, Lin’s main inﬂuence was the style of study that he introduced in order to contain the impact of the Great Leap among the largely rural-based rank and ﬁle of the PLA.
Given the aim of employing the Quotations within PLA political work, the selected passages had to be of a highly general nature and therefore disadvantaged texts dealing with speciﬁc historical or political circumstances. For use in group study and recitation, most quotations were devoid of concrete political analysis, and instead stated moral truths to be learned by heart and “applied” in everyday life. The fragments were not aimed at provoking critical inquiry or analysis and did not add up to a general introduction to Mao Zedong Thought.
By March 1966, 28 million copies of the second edition had been printed and resources had been allocated for another 51 million copies. The demand for the Quotations skyrocketed, but still it remained an internal army publication until April 1966, when the People’s Publishing House, after having failed to secure the success of its own set of Mao quotations in collaboration with the Propaganda Department, was effectively ordered by the CCP Center to take over printing and to supply the book to the general public through the Xinhua bookstores.