Years of Red Dust-Stories of Shanghai, is fictionalized adaptation of life on a street in Shanghai and the intertwining of lives and the party line and the relationship or disparity of actual life and the vision of Mao. This short and wonderful book traces the changes in China from just before the Communist revolution to the 1990’s. The vignettes stem from the perspective of the residents of Red Dust Lane, whose inhabitants are organized along the lines of a communal group. A bulletin board at the beginning of the lane posts the Mao comment de jour and the short tale of each chapter relates to that comment. In this way the onset of Mao, the Cultural Revolution, and on through the Tianamin Square riots are all interpreted for us outside of the bamboo curtain. I really recommend this read.
Welcome to Newburgh Free Library’s blog Inspirations: a blog for readers and viewers.
At the Newburgh Free Library we would like to connect our community to the books and movies we love as well as get feedback from you on the books and movies that you love and want to share with others.
Of course we plan on introducing new titles that are coming out on the shelves at NFL, but we also hope to connect you with a hidden gem or two – things that you might not have discovered on your own. At our new blog, look forward to reading about staff picks, patron picks, nonfiction, mystery, and the newest in street fiction. It’s all up for discussion in Inspirations.
- adaptations Adirondacks adult books for young adults Alternative Histories atmospheric audiobooks awards based on books biography black history month book clubs book groups book review books cancer censorship character-driven classics coming of age compelling complex debut novel disturbing doris kearns goodwin dvds essays family relationships fantasy fast-paced fiction Florida good vs. evil haunting historical fiction history Hudson Valley Poets Hugo awards humorous immigrant experience Jane Austen Japan Kate Atkinson literary fiction literature love magic realism memoirs morgan freeman moving mysteries mystery national book award National Poetry Month Newburgh Free Library nonfiction nonfiction; books P.D. James PEN/Faulkner Award poetry psychological psychological fiction psychological thriller pulitzer prize reading romance satire science fiction science writing short stories suspenseful thought provoking thriller walter mosley witty WWII
Our Favorite Quotes“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” - Joseph Brodsky