My Name Is Number 4

My Name Is Number 4

A True Story

Paperback - 2007
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A powerful and passionate memoir for young readers, Ting-xing Ye tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.

When Ting-xing Ye was born her aunt declared, "Ah Si shi ge lao lu ming" -- Number Four will have a difficult life -- for the signs were unlucky. Events soon bore out this cruel prediction.

Here is the true story of fourteen-year-old Ting-xing's tumultuous life turned upside down by China's Cultural Revolution. After the death of both her parents, Ting-xing and her four siblings endure the brutality of Red Guard attacks on their schools and even their house as they struggle against poverty and hunger. At sixteen, Ting-xing herself is exiled to a prison farm far from home.

Full of personal and historical detail about this dramatic period in Chinese history, My Name is Number 4 has at its centre the feisty and courageous Ting-xing, fighting to survive as a young woman caught up in events beyond her control.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2007.
Edition: Abridged edition
ISBN: 9780385663052
Characteristics: 230 pages :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,21 cm.


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Oct 23, 2014

This is a memoir by Ting-xing Ye about her experiences during the Cultural Revolution while living in Shanghai and working at a prison farm. It's extremely interesting from a historical point of view, and heartbreaking to read. She was such a young girl and had so many difficulties. It's amazing that she ended up in Canada. I encourage everyone to read this book because it opens your eyes to what life was like for ordinary people in China not even 50 years ago and the tragedies they faced.

Mar 12, 2014

It may not be as well written as other biographies, but it makes up for it with personal and historical detail during the Cultural Revolution in China. This book is wonderful, and should be required reading for Chinese history.

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