A Hundred Flowers

A Hundred Flowers

Gail Tsukiyama / Feb 29, 2020

A Hundred Flowers A powerful new novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution China Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society Let a hundred f

  • Title: A Hundred Flowers
  • Author: Gail Tsukiyama
  • ISBN: 9780312274818
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A powerful new novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution China, 1957 Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society Let a hundred flowers bloom let a hundred schools of thought contend Many intellectuals fear it is only a trick, and Kai Ying s husband, Sheng, a teacher, has promised not to jeopardA powerful new novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution China, 1957 Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society Let a hundred flowers bloom let a hundred schools of thought contend Many intellectuals fear it is only a trick, and Kai Ying s husband, Sheng, a teacher, has promised not to jeopardize their safety or that of their young son, Tao But one July morning, just before his sixth birthday, Tao watches helplessly as Sheng is dragged away for writing a letter criticizing the Communist Party and sent to a labor camp for reeducation A year later, still missing his father desperately, Tao climbs to the top of the hundred year old kapok tree in front of their home, wanting to see the mountain peaks in the distance But Tao slips and tumbles thirty feet to the courtyard below, badly breaking his leg As Kai Ying struggles to hold her small family together in the face of this shattering reminder of her husband s absence, other members of the household must face their own guilty secrets and strive to find peace in a world where the old sense of order is falling Once again, Tsukiyama brings us a powerfully moving story of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances with grace and courage.

    Hundred Flowers Campaign Hundred Flowers Campaign The Hundred Flowers Campaign, also termed the Hundred Flowers Movement simplified Chinese traditional Chinese pinyin B ihu Qfng , was a period in in the People s Republic of China during which the Communist Party of China CPC encouraged its citizens to openly express their opinions A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama A Hundred Flowers takes place during one of my favorite intellectually periods in history, Maoist China The title refers to the Hundred Flowers Campaign, which failed miserably The title refers to the Hundred Flowers Campaign, which failed miserably. A Hundred Flowers A Novel Let a hundred flowers bloom let a hundred schools of thought contend Mao Tse Tung in Mao s plan deceived the Chinese Here is the story of one family told from the viewpoints of the father, His wife, his son, the grandfather, an elderly aunt, and a homeless single The Hundred Flowers campaign alphahistory The Hundred Flowers campaign The Hundred Flowers campaign was a period in where Mao and the CCP encouraged Chinese citizens, particularly writers and intellectuals, to voice opinions and criticisms of the party and the government This movement began with Zhou Enlai, who hoped encouraging Chinese intellectuals would benefit the government. A Hundred Flowers ReadingGroupGuides A Hundred Flowers The story begins in a small village in the Dongshan area of the Guangzhou province, as herbalist and healer Kai Ying tends to her family s wounds Her husband Sheng, a teacher and outspoken naysayer of the CCP, has been arrested and shuttled off to the far flung city of Luoyang to be reeducated in a labor camp. Hundred Flowers Campaign Chinese history Britannica Hundred Flowers Campaign Hundred Flowers Campaign, movement begun in May within the communist government of China to lift the restrictions imposed upon Chinese intellectuals and thus grant greater freedom of thought and speech. Summary and reviews of A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama A Hundred Flowers I have enjoyed reading other books by this author, Gail Tsukiyama She writes with tenderness The language is simple and paints a picture In A Hundred Flowers, each chapter is the voice of a character We get a true understanding of each once their struggles, their courage, and their hopes Each character has depth. Cantonese Opera Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers Reboot Feb , He wrote, A year ago, while browsing in a book store on Hollywood Road, I came across two hand written volumes of Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers, which a hundred flowers. large fruit basket mixed asters, european pears, table grapes, red gold nectarines, cavendish bananas A Hundred Flowers A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama, Paperback In , Mao Zedong declared Let a hundred flowers bloom let a hundred schools of thoughts contend, inviting the intellectuals to speak their thoughts for the good of the country Of course it was a trap those who spoke out against the regime were arrested and sent to work camps for reeducation.

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      • Gail Tsukiyama

        Born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California Her novels include Women of the Silk 1991 , The Samurai s Garden 1995 , Night of Many Dreams 1998 , The Language of Threads 1999 , Dreaming Water 2002 , and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms 2007.


    1. Gail Tsukiyama, whose heritage is a Japanese father and a Chinese mother, has penned many novels capturing these cultures. Rather than give a complete description of this book, I will attempt to further discuss some salient points.This tale is set in 1955, during the Chinese "Cultural Revolution". I have purposely added quotation marks here to stress the farcical/traumatic nature of this period. It is illustrated well when Wei, the elderly grandfather of the family highlighted in this story, ser [...]

    2. I received this book through First Reads.In 1957 Chairman Mao issued an order for all the intellectuals and artists in the community to come forward so that China could become a stronger country. "Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend." While this was seen as cautious good news, Sheng was arrested for sending a letter speaking out against the Communist Party and was sent to a reeducation facility. He leaves behind his professor father, Wei, his herb healer wife, [...]

    3. I won this novel from a giveaway and am so happy that I did.What a beautiful, moving story that flowed and ebbed at the perfect times. In Communist China, we read about a family who is suffering from losing the husband of the home to a "reeducation" camp. They say he wrote a letter during the Hundred Letters campaign that condemed Mao and the Communist Party. However, Kai Ying, his wife, cannot imagine why her husband would ever write such a letter or put his family is jeopardy. Who wrote the l [...]

    4. This is such a quiet, subtle book that I don't quite know what to say about it. I think Kai Ying is the character I felt I knew the best. Though Tao and Wei tell their stories too, I felt like Tao's revolved around his injury, Wei's revolved around his journey and guilt, but Kai Ying's revolved around her lost husband, her herbal healing, and her relationships with every other character. But maybe I just identified with the female character more. I wish we learned more about Suyin, her family, h [...]

    5. Maybe only 3.5, but the writing is just so lovely that I can't help but round up. Coming of age in the difficult times of 1958 China. The alternating narrators start well, adding a good pace to the story, but ultimately, the quick chapters and shifting perspectives prevented me from fully engaging. A pleasant way to spend a couple days, but I suspect this story won't stick with me.

    6. 3.8/5 stars for A Hundred Flowers by Gail TsukiyamaA Hundred Flowers tell a story of a family living in China during the reign of Mao Zedong. During his reign, he introduced The Hundred Flowers Campaign where all intellectuals & artists were encouraged to freely express their opinions about the Communist party. Gradually, many intellectuals, students and artists grew bolder in raising their voices and once the criticism turned directly towards the Party members and Mao himself, the Campaign [...]

    7. I have been a fan of Gail Tsukiyama's for many years, so when I saw this book at the library, I was eager to read it. I appreciate her simple yet beautifully descriptive writing style, and I usually enjoy the slower pace that is common in her books. This book, however, fell a little short.This story, of a family living in China in the 1950s under the rule of Chairman Mao, helped me understand the difficulties that ordinary people faced at that time with food, shelter and health. But I found the [...]

    8. In 1953 Chairman Mao Zedong launched a five year plan in China to collectivize agriculture and nationalize industry in hopes of raising revenues to finance industry and repay debts for Russian aid. There was a lot of dissent among the people because of shortages of food and goods, yet very little open discussion among the people. Knowing that the plan was not working, and to gain the support of the educated classes, Mao launched what was known as Hundred Flowers campaign in 1957. In his address [...]

    9. A very easy book that just kept carrying me through the story of the characters lives. The dramas they all faced in 1950s China remained intriguing, hopeful, and filled with both small & greater lessons of life. I admired the family's heroic ability to stay strong in the face of so many obstacles & loss. The love they maintained for each other was beautifully expressed by the author, being very realistic & genuine. I found the book to be filled with a vast collection of historical &a [...]

    10. A beautifully written story. I loved all the characters. It takes place in 1958 in China - life after Mao and the communists came into power. It is hard to imagine what it must have been like to live/grow up in a place where once-valued professors and artists -overnight- were stifled or, even worse, sent to work in mines because they dared to voice their opinions on how their government should treat people. Makes one appreciate life in the US!

    11. A beautifully written book about a family trying to survive after the father is sent to a "re-education" labor camp in Maoist China. It is told from multiple POVs which brings each character into sharp focus. Gail Tsukiyama does an exquisite job of telling this tale with heartfelt insight and grace.

    12. What a beautiful read! I could have finished it sooner but didn't want it to end. That is what I know I truly loved the story and the writing. My only criticism is that I do not know what happened to a main character.

    13. Audio cd read by Simon Vance, the winner of the 2012 audio award for best male narrator. Listening to Vance read I felt like I was seven years old again, lying on my back in bed, clean fresh sheets neatly tucked in around me, the scent of lilacs wafting in from an open window, and my daddy reading me a bedtime story. But this is no bedtime story. In my opinion, it is an absolutely terrific anti-communist novel. The premise of the story is based on Chairman Mao's 1957 quote: "Let a hundred flower [...]

    14. I received this book as a First Reads Giveaway. It was a really fantastic book.The story is about a man, Sheng, who wrote a letter speaking out against the Communist Party. He was sent to a labor camp as punishment. You learn about his wife Kai Ying, son Tao, father Wei, and neighbor Auntie Song.I liked the way the chapters were set up. Each one was from a different characters point of view. A lot of times the author had you fill in the blanks between POV's which was nice. As a reader you someti [...]

    15. A Hundred Flowers – Gail Tsukiyama 4 stars“She marveled at nature's resiliency, its sheer stubbornness to survive.”Those are the thoughts of Auntie Song, one of the characters in Gail Tsukiyama’s newest book. It is the story of an extended family told from five different perspectives through a year of many changes. Some of the challenges they face are common to many lives; a child’s accident, grief at the death of a spouse, the birth of a child. Other concerns are unique to the catacly [...]

    16. I liked it, but that's as far as it goes. It didn't truly evoke a very powerful emotion from me, though I did enjoy reading it and I emphathised with some of the characters, especially Wei - he was one of the most real and raw characters in the book. The themes of loss, regret, grief and heartbreak conflated nicely and were very prominent throughout his story and his metaphors. Gail Tsukiyama wrote in pretty simple English, but the style of her writing was indeed graceful and lissome, as if they [...]

    17. A wonderful heartwarming story of family, love and sacrifice. The story is about the time when Chairman Mao declares that there is a new openness to China . Let the hundred flowers bloom, let hubndred schools of thought contend. Many intellectuals fear this is new plot by the government. Kai Ying husband, Sheng a headstrong teacher promises to keep out of it, but still was dragged away one morning for cruticising the Communist party much to the dismay of his wife Kai Ying, father Wei and the son [...]

    18. This book starts of very slow and is fairly boring with a cast that seems to act out of character at every chance they get. There is a distracting amount of repetition since the author chooses to reiterate the action of the previous chapter from a different character's POV at the start of every new chapter. The language is unimpressive and basic with flat description and bland imagery. Really, on the surface, there is not much to this novel.But somewhere around page 140, something happens that m [...]

    19. I received a copy of the e-galley of this book through Shelf Awareness. I historic fiction and especially am excited about this title. I will review it on GoodReads.I really enjoyed this story. Its real appeal is that it is about an ordinary family. The time is 1958 and Chairman Mao and his army are in charge of China. The China of the past is gone and a much more stark and dismal one remains. The father of the family has been taken away to a re-education camp because of political crimes. His ab [...]

    20. In 1957, Mao Zedong declared “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thoughts contend”, inviting the intellectuals to speak their thoughts for the good of the country. Of course it was a trap; those who spoke out against the regime were arrested and sent to work camps for ‘reeducation’. This is what has happened to Sheng, before the story starts. The story is told from multiple points of view, switching between Kai Ying, Sheng’s wife, the herbal healer; Tao, their school [...]

    21. I was all set to give this three stars - it was fairly enjoyable but a bit bland, I was finding. The characters were described in a bit of a distant way, and I felt the reader was being kept at arm's length, as it were, from their emotions. I could appreciate in an intellectual way what they were feeling, but there was a lot more telling than showing and it felt distant and bland. Then came the surprising journey that happens towards the end of the story. I can't say much about it without spoile [...]

    22. 3.5 stars; I really enjoyed this book about one's family experience in late 1950s China, just prior to the cultural revolution. The name of the book, A Hundred Flowers, is based upon a campaign that Mao developed to get the Chinese citizenry to provide their thoughts and ideas about the Chinese government. Of course, it's easy to foresee what would happen when anyone did so. The results of one's speaking freely is one of the themes in this book, but there is much more as well. Overall, I think t [...]

    23. A Hundred Flowers, by Gail Tsukiyama, Narrated by Simon Vance, produced by MacMillan Audio, downloaded from audible.This is the story of a Chinese family whose father and grandfather were part of the educated class in 1957 when Mao Tse Tung said that there should be “a hundred flowers” meaning people should feel free to criticize constructively the Communist party. But when people did, he had them arrested and sent for “re-education to labor camps. They arrested Shenn for sending such a le [...]

    24. Chairman Mao declared “let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend” to encourage Chinese citizens with viable criticisms to open their thoughts of change to the government. Unfortunately for most of the outspoken population, this then turned into a motion for the re-education of Chinese citizens in 1957. This story follows a family whose patriarch has been forcibly removed for writing a letter to Chairman Mao describing changes that must be made and the way this eff [...]

    25. I have loved Gail Tsukiyama's books about China and some of her novels set in Japan, but this one didn't live up to those. The story was nice, but I felt that given the turbulent time, so much more could have happened. It was set during the end of 1958, which was the start of the Great Leap Forward in which 40+ million people starved to death. Besides the grandfather who ran away from home, no one lacked for any food. If the father hadn't been sent away for reeducation, everything else in this b [...]

    26. 3.5 stars. A family is torn apart by Mao's Hundred Flowers Campaign in the late 1950s, and this story quietly shows the reader how the family members reach out to each other despite heartache and words spoken in anger. This is a subtle vignette of life in China under the control of the People's Party.

    27. This is a story about a family caught up in the cultural revolution of 1957under the leadership of Chairman Mao. After losing Sheng, father and husband, taken for the purposes of reeducation, Kai Ying must do what she can for the family that is left. This is a relatively simple story in times that were anything but and it is told well. Although many Chinese dies during this time, mainly of starvation, food did not seem to be much of a problem with this family. Told from five different viewpoints [...]

    28. The panorama of a seminal year in Chinese history is distilled in this lyrical novel. There are five major characters, embodying three generations, representing different points of view in a linear rather than Roshomon style. This means that at times the reader experiences a somewhat disconnect and patience is called upon to regenerate interest. From a lyrical beginning, when Tao, a 6 year old boy, falls from a tree. He is greatly missing his father who has been taken for "reeducation" in Mao's [...]

    29. A Hundred Flowers is about a family in China during Mao's reign, after the father is sent to a reeducation camp for writing a letter critical of the government. Unfortunately the novel's execution did not live up to its promising premise; the narration style is wilted, mostly occurring as thoughts of the main characters instead of through conversation or action. Each character's section sounds exactly the same despite the fact that they vary widely in age and outlook, and the plot is somewhat pr [...]

    30. This is a charming story of a family in China in the mid-1950s, affected by Mao's 100 Flowers campaign. Apparently, Mao asked for ideas to improve China, and after a period of silence, he got ideas - but found he didn't like them, and sent the sources away to "re-education" camps. In this family, one member is sent away to be "re-educated," and Tsukiyama weaves her story around the family left at home. I have never read Tsukiyama before, but I will return to her writing. I love the way she draws [...]

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