Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

by Ying Chang Compestine

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ISBN-13: 9781410407269
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 06/04/2008
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
abicantrell More than 1 year ago
This was interesting, very easy to follow, and has some emotional events that take place. It is interesting to see how strong Ling is in the situations that she encounters. A quick read and well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After studying China's modern history in political terms, this story was captivating as it brought me more understanding of the people's livelihood at the time and how it was affected. The novel was written in a way that the emotions of the characters could be felt. Stories like this help me learn more about the time period in a compelling way, especially when they are written as good as this.
HistoryBuff45 More than 1 year ago
This was a very gripping read from a time period which I was just learning about, the Cultural Revolution. This book was definatly an eye opener! I was caught up in everything and I loved it. What she had to go though is unimaginable to a girl today. A definate read.
nicholspdx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A truly compelling story that children should read. All children should know history and this books make the history of Mao's revolution come alive. All children should know the struggles other cultures go through and this is a great example.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Based on actual events from the author's childhood, this novel tells the story of Ling, a young girl growing up during China's Cultural Revolution. Her whole world is turned upside down as people she loves are taken away, food becomes scarce, and her classmates torture her for being part of the bourgeois. I've always had an interest in China and I thought this was a fairly accessible glimpse into the Cultural Revolution. Content-wise, I think it's appropriate for middle schoolers (though there is some violence), but I'm not sure they would have the historical background to understand it. Still, this could be a useful classroom book to pair with a study of the Cultural Revolution or Communism. There is an author's note included and a note on the history of the Cultural Revolution. I wish that the historical note had come before the novel instead of after it (although... does anyone besides librarians read authors and historical notes?).
horomnizon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful historical look at a time that many young people know nothing about. I am planning to pass this along to a young lady who was adopted from China. The story takes place in the mid-1970s, preceding Mao Zedong's death and is told by a young girl who sees the horrors happening around her and refuses to give in to them, while learning to do as she must to survive. Her father is taken away and her mother is almost paralyzed by thoughts of what might happen to them, but history takes its course and the future is a little bit brighter. While the book is fiction, it is written by somebody who lived during those times and Compestine has based many of her characters on people she knew and events that did happen. This was an eye opener and has encouraged me to read more about the history of China - a country I know very little about. Really a great read - girls should particularly like it. And even though we don't all face such hardships, the courage of Ling can teach us all a great lesson.
ambookgeek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In some ways, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party strikes one as yet another story of the life of a young girl coming of age during the Cultural Revolution. Think ... Red Scarf Girl ... Compestine's young LIng, however, is brought to life with such nice skill that in spite of the fact that I have read numerous variations of this now familiar tale, there were sections of the read where I was moved to tears.
autumnesf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Novel based on the life of the author growing up in China during the mid to late 70's. Although other books have been written on the same subject (Red Scarf Girl) the voice in this one is really well done. Also, the character has spunk - which in a way is painful as she makes herself a target with the little red guards. A good read for middle schoolers that will give them a good like at this period in China. It is one I'd like my Chinese daughter to read when she is older.
MonicaFontenot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ling is an only child of two doctors who live in Wuhan, China during the Cultural Revolution set in the years of 1972-1976. Her family struggles to survive during many hardships brought on by the military. She matures from a daddy's girl into a strong, willful young adult who stands up for herself and her beliefs. This novel could be used in grades 4 and up with students ranging in ages from nine and above. It would be great in a world history class or in a thematic unit on China. The inside front and back covers have a map of the area described in the story which could be used in a geography lesson. I learned about a time, culture, and political information I didn't know about before. My favorite part of the story is reading about the main character's feelings toward others. The least favorite part is when the military makes people suffer saying it will benefit all.
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party gives readers a honest and raw portrayal of life for an intellectual family during the peak of China¿s Cultural Revolution. Ling, a nine year-old girl who lives with her doctor parents in their comfortable apartment, is oblivious to the political change occurring in her community. Naïve and hopeful, Ling is impressed by the Red Guard officer that is stationed to live in her apartment. He is bold and always sharing of the teachings of Chairman Mao. However, as time passes everything about her life changes for the worse- no food, her dad¿s wrongfully imprisonment, no electricity, her house ransacked, people being forced to relocation and personally being victimized. Ling¿s invincible life is shattered. She blames Chairman Mao¿s ideologies for the hardships that her family, friends and community face. Being accused of being a trader to Chairman Mao and taunted ¿bourgeous,¿ Ling struggles to make choices that will protect her and her loved ones while fulfilling her urge to revolt against her oppressors. Ying Chang Compestine uses her personal experience and those of others who lived in China during the Cultural Revolution to expose the dark realities of an unjust dictatorship. Readers will identify with the inner struggles of Ling and be reminded of the human spirit and what one is able to endure when in survival mode. Revolution is not a Dinner Party transcends cultures and speaks to freedom and justice. Additional features in this book that add to the credibility and background knowledge of China are: an author¿s note, historical note and a brief interview with the author. The discussion questions also helps readers to process the overall themes and controversy within this novel. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party is a quick, but powerful read.
rapago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that all teens and other children should read. It is not so much that the writing is that good, but the subject is something that all people should know about. Learning history, through the words of fiction writers is an interesting way to discover new things. I think that knowing about what happened during the Cultural Revolution is as important as knowing about the Holocaust and other atrocities that have been committed.
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Love it
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I first read it in real life and finished it and i have to have it here to read it over and over again because its my fav book of all time and i just love it so much
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AlexanderSepp More than 1 year ago
"Certain to inspire discussion about freedom and justice." Yes, as for those beautiful pastries and flower stitched clothes: Which peasant under feudal china could afford anything else except mudpies and the little rice that the land owning lords left for them? The Chinese revolution and subsequent cultural revolution is one of the most amazing developments in human history. The first time that the majority of working people rose up and attacked all things contrary to their class interest, symbolic of their thousands of years of silent indignation and subordination to kings, royals, monarchs, masters and capitalists. It is too bad that human society developed into classes as a result of undereducation and animal instincts, but at the rare revolutionary moments of history when the systemically suppressed masses rise up and demanding before their bourgeois rights of freedom of criticism and freedom to exploit, the right to self-determination of labor, production of all working people and the freedom to partake in society and its riches, created by themselves.
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iLoveGod5 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book!!! It is descriptive and fun to read for everyone- even for those who hate reading! I could not put this book down and forgot that I had to read it for an AP History class! The voice the main character has is aw-striking and amazing. This story will touch the hearts of all those who read it!!!
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Schoovala More than 1 year ago
I thought this novel, despite its size, was a fabulous read. It shows the view of a young girl(Ling) in the time of the Chinese Revolution. Ling is the daughter of two doctors. When Mao Tse Tung enters Ling's life everything she loves begins to go away. When they take away her father Ling is brave and starts standing up for what she believes is right. Although I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it, i especially recommend it to 11-13 year olds or people who are interested in the Chinese Revolution.