Author(s): Erling Hoh (Contribution by)
Mao Zedong's labor reform camps, known as the laogai, were notoriously brutal and virtually impossible to escape-but one man did. Xu Hongci was a bright young medical student and an idealistic and loyal member of the Communist Party. When Mao delivered his famous February 1957 speech inviting "a hundred schools of thought [to] contend," an earnest Xu Hongci responded by posting a criticism of the party. He soon found himself a victim of the Anti-Rightist Campaign, condemned to spend the nest fourteen years in the laogai as one of the roughly 550,000 Chinese unjustly imprisoned after the spring of 1957. Despite the odds, he was determined to escape, failing three times before finally succeeding, in 1972. Originally published in Hong Kong, Xu Hongci's remarkable memoir recounts his life from childhood through his final prison break. After discovering the story in a Hong Kong library, the journalist Erling Hoh tracked down the original manuscript and compiled this condensed translation. Both a historical narrative and an exhilarating thriller, No Wall Too High tells the story of a man who insisted on freedom-even under the most treacherous circumstances.
This memoir consisting of a condensed translation of series of manuscripts, tells the very real, and very violent story of a man’s life under Mao and the cultural revolution in China. A very fascinating read that anyone even mildly interested in China’s history should read!
Leaa, The Book Grocer