The Great Leap Forward is a period not written about very much, See says. We hear about the Cultural Revolution in so many memoirs and films, and one reason why is that the people targeted were intellectuals. When it was all over, they were the very people who could write the books or poems or plays or make the movies. During the Great Leap Forward, the people most affected were poor peasants in the countryside who were isolated, uneducated and, in many cases, illiterate. Those who survived were not the ones who were going to write novels or essays or movies. As far as I know, there are no novels in English that take place in that period.
Learn more when See reads from and discusses Dreams of Joy tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; for information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.
Wed., June 29, 7:30 p.m., 2011