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The Communist's Daughter (Vintage Contemporaries) epub ebook

by Dennis Bock

The Communist's Daughter (Vintage Contemporaries) epub ebook

Author: Dennis Bock
Category: World Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage (March 11, 2008)
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN: 140009609X
ISBN13: 978-1400096091
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 858
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The Communist's Daughter is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China. Norman Bethune was a visionary whose dedication touched millions.

The Communist's Daughter is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China. Rebelling in childhood against his father's religion, he finds a calling himself, saving lives on the battlefield. In Republican Spain he fulfills his idealism, yet before long politics destroy his romance and drive him to seek refuge in China

The Communist's Daughter (Paperback). Published March 11th 2008 by Vintage. Paperback, 304 pages. Published May 21st 2013 by Phyllis Bruce Books.

The Communist's Daughter (Paperback). Author(s): Dennis Bock (Goodreads Author). ISBN: 140009609X (ISBN13: 9781400096091).

The very structure of the narrative drives home the point: Bethune is writing to his infant daughter because, we come to realize, he has fled from her as well

But as with the scientist in The Ash Garden, pained by his historical role but not regretful, Bethune’s contradictions are familiar ones. The very structure of the narrative drives home the point: Bethune is writing to his infant daughter because, we come to realize, he has fled from her as well. Of course, he protests his love throughout. It is an intolerable thought, he writes, a full life without you. )

The Communist's Daughter" is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China.

The Communist's Daughter" is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China. In Republican Spain he fulfills his idealism, yet before long politics destroy his romance and drive him to seek refuge in China

Communist Daughter is an indie rock band from Saint Paul, Minnesota, founded by Johnny Solomon in 2009. They have released two albums and three EPs.

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The Communist's Daughter is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China. Norman Bethune was a visionary whose dedication touched millions. Rebelling in childhood against his father's religion, he finds a calling himself, saving lives on the battlefield. In Republican Spain he fulfills his idealism, yet before long politics destroy his romance and drive him to seek refuge in China. Here, in service to a man eventually known as Mao Zedong, Bethune begins this account of his life and his cherished beliefs for the only person who still makes a future seem possible: the daughter he has never seen.
Reviews (4)
Black_Hawk_Down.
The Communist's Daughter is a powerful novel about war, politics, and betrayal during two of the 20th Century's many horrible armed conflicts. Norman Bethune comes through as a deeply flawed, but also heroic, human being. It's a great reminder of what wars do to people.

Gavikelv
Norman Bethune 1890-1939 is a bit of an embarrassment to Canada, a communist doctor whose home in Gravenhurst is a major tourist attraction for Chinese Diplomatic and Party Elites. Before the discovery of modern antibiotics such as penicillin he died of sepsis after sustaining a cut while spending endless fatiguing hours in a primitive operating conditions in China. He pioneered blood banks and originated surgical techniques that saved lives during the Spanish Civil War and Mao Tse Tung's war with Japanese invaders ultimately dying of infection in the field. Virtually an unknown in his home country he has attained the status of "sainthood" in China.

Son of a Presbyterian missionary and pastor who believed sparing the rod meant spoiling the child. Described is a scene in which Norman knocks an unruly student unconscious in the classroom and later when confronted by his older farm boy brother lays him out in the school yard. I’m surprised to learn that he was a painter and poet in the precious spare time he had.

War inflicts horrendous wounds. Without treatment most would die but after surgery most would die anyway before the development of modern sterilization methods and antibiotics from infections.

I’m still not a fan of books such as this one that jump back and forth in time and place from Bethune’s youth to the war in Madrid and “present day” in China 1938-9 where Norman is ostensibly recording his thoughts.

Tolrajas
There's a rising number of novelists using fiction to produce biographies. For some of these, imaginary children prove a useful ploy through which to depict a life. Peter Carey's "True History of the Kelly Gang" is an outstanding example: the notorious bushranger writes a long missive to an unseen daughter in the midst of a siege by policemen. Dennis Bock has followed a similar course, with a similar character. Norman Bethune, who resides among the icons of Canadian history, is given us as a man beset on many sides by a variety of enemies. In this case, it's the Japanese Imperial Army in China, the Fascisti in Spain and scattered personal opponents - and his own father. Bock, using Bethune's "letters" to a daughter he's never seen, applies well-honed skills to animate an idol.

Bethune, of course, is the man best known for inventing the M.A.S.H. unit to rapidly treat the wounded in military engagements. Bringing experience of military field hospitals from the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, Bethune relocates to China where the Japanese invasion is being resisted by Mao's Communist forces. During his shift of site, he has learned of his daughter, born of his Madrid lover, Kajsa von Rothman. A Swedish anarchist, Kajsa brings light into Bethune's sombre outlook. Bock's portrayal of Bethune's view of her well captures a man's intense sense of real love discovered after a long, sometimes futile quest.

In the letters to his daughter, Bethune imparts his life in brief, but intense sketches. Bock doesn't provide a sequential scenario, but lets Bethune skip about in time and space. In a less skillful writer, this would be distracting and perhaps difficult. As a series of seven missives, listed as "Envelope One" through "Seven", each titled in typescript in the way Bethune might have produced with his dilapidated typewriter, the only focus is how the surgeon might have imparted his life to his daughter. We learn that his Ontario childhood lacked stability. Bethune's parents, particularly his father, were evangelicals, leaving Norman with minimal options. At a young age, however, he learned that the road to Damascus is not a one-way street. Revelation can lead away from divine mysteries and dogmas as readily as attract the unwary to them. For Norman, it was the knowledge that he, and every other human is alone. That isolation can be alleviated only by people who are also aware of that state and take steps to reach out to their fellows. For Bethune, the Communist Party was a means tothat fellowship and medicine a practical manifestation of it.

The medical treatments, particularly in China, dominates much of the text. Not the clinical details, although those are present, but the personalities Bethune can identify and convey them. The Chinese were unused to Westerners, and Bethune's commanding presence often awed them. In his effort to provide care, he's faced with shortages, particularly of blood. With much transfusion experience gained in Spain, the doctor's efforts were baulked by the Chinese fear of taking blood from their bodies. In one instance, needing a particular type, Bethune resorts to having the donor strapped to a bed while the blood is taken. Bethune's complex character is revealed in his respect for the donor's fears, while enraged at the obstinence based on superstition. His rages in China were common, even his assistant Ho being subjected to Bethune's tantrums.

Has Bock depicted his subject in photographic clarity, or invented a modified Bethune for our interest and enjoyment? Only Bethune himself can answer that. What the author has given us is a plausible person of Bethune's outlook and experience. There will be those who grouse about this or that invention or missing element. Those are false grievances. In creating the daughter, Bock must modify the man he's thoroughly researched. Whatever his successes at field medicine or vagaries of temper, Bethune is shown as a real human in his letters to the daughter. The title is purposely misleading as Bethune's "communism" is much less an element in his life than saving lives or opposing Fascist imperialism. In Spain, it is the Fascisti who rebelled against a legally elected Republican government, and in China it is that nation that has been invaded by Japan, not the other way around. While Bock's Bethune may do little preaching about those circumstances, he leaves his "daughter" [and the reader] with no doubt of where the faults lie. This is a book portraying a sensitive man, written by someone who understands how to reveal those feelings. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada]

Gold Crown
As a great-niece of Dr. Norman Bethune, I found this story to be most interesting. It hasn't convinced me that he is a good man, though it has reinforced his standing as a good doctor in China. [One of his relatives is a bank teller in Canada, who has all the banks' Chinese customers lining up at her cage because of her name.]
His personal life, from what we've found out, stank, but he was innovative.

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