A stirring historical fiction and an extraordinary epic. I liked this book very much. It vividly depicts how this terrifying revolution almost destroyed the country; and the happy ending has China giving up rigid Stalinism and following a more open and dynamic way to build itself.
I was often moved to tears by this moving love story. The lovers are so loyal that they are willing to die for their loved ones. I felt very happy that in the end the main hero, Zhang Feng, married his childhood sweetheart Dan Dan, but also felt sorry about the sad ending of Yu Mei, the first lover of Zhang Feng - she gives up her hope for life and becomes a Taoist nun.
A great book. I would like to recommend it to anybody who enjoys an extraordinary story.
by Nancy Green