Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution

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The Communist Revolution in China was a chaotic time, especially if you were a young person living in Shanghai. Times were tough, and fortunes could change in an instance. In 1949, with Mao consolidating power and conquering more of China each day, the residents of Shanghai and their families had to make tough choices whether to stay or flee. This book follows four young people as they make difficult decisions about whether to stay or leave and the agonizing choices they made. It also follows their travails in their new homes, as they basically abandoned everything in Shanghai to start over anew, even though the places they went did not want them either.

This book is not perfect, in my opinion, it is following a trend in popular history books these days writing them as creative non-fiction, such as including people talking like characters would do in a work of fiction. That is a style that I am not a fan of, as I feel it distracts from the telling of an already compelling story. Helen Zia has to cover a lot of ground for four people, and just barely manages to pull it off.

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Author Helen Zia
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 544 pages
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publish Date 2019-01-22
ISBN 9780345522320
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Issue May 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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