In their biography, Mao: The Unknown Story, authors Jung Chang and Jon Halliday claim that 70 million Chinese were killed by Mao in peacetime due to his various wrong-headed policies such as the collectivization of agriculture and the Cultural Revolution, which often turned children against parents.In the case of the trilog 's Professor Yang, it is clear that his life has been tterly destroyed by the Cultural Revolution, and that the stroke he has 12 years later is merely its long term result.
Sent to a re-education camp during the period -- roughly 1966-76 -- Yang drifted away from his wife who took up with the an to get by in Chinese society.
Yang 's life destroyed by the Cultural Revolution, and ow the threat of Tiananmen on narrator Jian 's, who in his turn becomes hunted as a " counterrevolutionary. " The cycle of history repeats itself.
Jian admits: I saw China in the form of an old hag so decrepit and brainsick that she would devour her children to sustain herself.
But Jian sees the pattern, and he is determined neve to be evoured.