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...h stage in the Cultural Revolution onto characters in his novellas based on the setting of the book. By having an open path to each character’s inner feelings towards his situation in response to relationships and the political scene, the reader is able to fully engage in understanding both the character and the Chinese mindset. Neither will the reader be completely swayed to support the grassroots, nor the Communist party. This is important because the Chinese people at the time of the Cultural Revolution were not bipolar about the political issues either. Instead, many of them supported the Cultural Revolution but had increasing doubts as time went on. Cheng’s ability to reflect this exact mix of positivism and skepticism onto his characters creates the perfect mood for this novel.
Cheng, Ah. The King of Trees. New York: New Directions, 2010. Print.
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