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To the "Edge of the Sky" is the harrowing account of a remarkable woman's life in communist China-a tale of human courage in the face of shocking inhumanity and hardship. Anhua Gao (her name means Tranquil Flower) was born in 1949, the year that Mao Tse Tung declared the foundation of the People's Republic of China. "To The Edge of the Sky" is, like Jung Chang's "Wild Swans," an inspiring and heartrending story of life under communist rule and, at the same time, a compelling and detailed history of China's political upheaval through the twentieth century.
Gao's early childhood is idyllic-both of her parents are highly respected workers in the Communist army and the family lives in comfort, with many privileges. By the time Anhua is eleven, however, both are dead-and their reputation proves a fragile shield from the horrors of communist China. With an assured and deliberate voice, and from the perspective of her new and hard-won safety of a new life in Britain (her mother once pointed out the island country to her on a Chinese world map, located on the far left "on the edge of the sky"), Gao interweaves a picture of calamitous Maoist policies with her own story of shocking family betrayal, cruel imprisonment, and bureaucratic absurdity. "To the Edge of the Sky" is a powerful and evocative autobiography-the story of a woman who, against unbelievable odds, survived to find a happiness she had not dared hope for.
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When Anhua Gao’s parents unexpectedly died, leaving her and her siblings orphans, they were hailed by Mao as revolutionary martyrs. But her parents’ reputation proved a fragile shield from the horrors of 20th–century communist China. Her safe and privileged world was to be torn apart by the whims of the state. This is the story of how Anhua first struggled with, and then against, the ideological machine of Red China. It is a story of tremendous suffering and appalling deprivation. But most of all, it is the story of a woman who, against unbelievable odds, survived to find a happiness she had not dared hope for. Anhua Gao was born in 1949 in Shandong Province and brought up in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province. She moved to England in 1994; this is her first book.About the Author:
Anhua Gao was born in 1949 in Shandong Province and brought up in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. She moved to England, after a lifetime of tremendous hardship, in December 1994. This is her first book.
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