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Train to Nowhere by [Bratt, Kay]
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In 1967, while millions in China are unfairly persecuted because of their livelihood or heritage, others join the Cultural Revolution to pledge allegiance to a leader who is considered a legend to some and a tyrant to others. Mao’s revolution is sweeping across the country, leaving many competing to show their loyalty with actions that will leave scars for decades. Even more traumatic than the destruction of art, books, and historic architecture, families are torn apart as they struggle to find a way to survive the upheaval.

Ling, a sheltered and devoted daughter, is forced to join the feared Red Guards, a strategy concocted by her mother to ensure her protection. But for this scheme to work, Ling must hold her secrets close and trust no one. Her journey has only just begun when she is faced with a moment of truth that will impact the future she has unwillingly chosen on the Train to Nowhere.

Train to Nowhere is a novella (short story) of 17,000 words, approximately 50 pages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Thread Publishing Group (Nov. 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A5QN1SM
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Tried to read the book but can't finish it. I get bored with it. Sometimes I am asking myself why would anyone do this? I did not finish the book, just don't like it
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HASH(0xa485760c) out of 5 stars Makes you feel you're right there. Nov. 25 2012
By Jacqui - Published on Amazon.com
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I had started reading the novella at home. Then opened it up again while at the dentist waiting room. Thank goodness there was no one else there or they would see me crying while reading just the first chapters. I love it when a story can bring your emotions to the characters. Thanks Kay!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4857858) out of 5 stars Great Read Nov. 17 2012
By Deborah R. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great story! Thank you Kay, for such a wonderful, captivating story about a horrible time in Chinese history. I started reading last night, and got up at 5am this morning, just so I could finish it - it was that good! I can't want for "The Scavenger's Daughter" to come out. Love your books Kay!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa485781c) out of 5 stars Engaging April 7 2013
By Meghan - Published on Amazon.com
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This short story offers a glimpse into life during China's Cultural Revolution during the late '60s. A young girl's mother feels there is no option left but to send her daughter, Ling, to be part of the communist youth army of Red Guards. The daughter of intellectuals and a dancer herself, Ling must hide her origins in order to be safely accepted into the prevailing culture. We don't find out what ultimately happens to Ling, but there's much redemption and grace contained within the story. Thanks to Kay Bratt for giving us a thoughtful and engaging story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4857b10) out of 5 stars Worth reading. Jan. 25 2013
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Well written and creative. Although this is not a true story, it felt like one. This is what it could have been like during the cultural revolution. Everything turned upside down. Young people galvanized, brainwashed and blindly following their leader, yet too young to be disciplined. Parents making very difficult decisions for the sake their family, and all around chaos pretending to be order. The friend between Ling and Sky was very touching. I highly recommended this short story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4857b70) out of 5 stars "Do not come home, I will not welcome you." Dec 4 2012
By Amelia Gremelspacher - Published on Amazon.com
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With these words, Ling's mother hands her daughter the uniform of a Red Guard and pushes her to the train. It is the Cultural Revolution in China, and Ling's parents are educated and professional. They have been called to go to one of the many education camps in the country to labor and learn the ways of the revolution. Everyone knows this is just short of grinding slavery, and her parents want to spare her.

Once on the train, Ling misses her old life in which she was a ballerina. The train is full of Red Guards who bully the civilians and are met with fear. They commandeer food and supplies. Ling is repulsed.

It seems that with every dictator comes the demand for the people to change themselves to fit his view of proprietry. People are often forced to choose between themselves and a false front, one often lacking in their true values. This train is truly the train to nowhere, on which Red Guards ride and eat for free, often for weeks.

The decision point for Ling comes early. I liked her character development and the story is an important one to understand. However the short format prevented any depth exploration of the consequences of her decision. Some of her thoughts are a bit superficial for my taste, but overall I enjoyed the book.