Red Azalea

Red Azalea

Paperback - 2006
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A revelatory and disturbing portrait of China, this is Anchee Min's celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao's China. As a child, Min was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she found a lifeline in a secret love affair with another woman. Miraculously selected for the film version of one of Madame Mao's political operas, Min's life changed overnight. Then Chairman Mao suddenly died, taking with him an entire world. This national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is exceptional for its candor, its poignancy, its courage, and for its prose which Newsweek calls "as delicate and evocative as a traditional Chinese brush painting."

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9781400096985
Characteristics: xiv, 306 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 22, 2016

As with all her books, this is the extraordinary biography of her life in China and later in the U.S., that reads like a novel. It is compelling and vividly describes the many hardships she experienced and overcame. An absolute must-read. She wrote this book in English over an eight-year period and it won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award in 1993. I'd recommend it to anyone 13+ as well as "The Cooked Seed". Both would provide the reader with a deep insight into the lives of those who struggled during Mao's reign of terror and the courage it required to live "outside the well".

Dec 15, 2015

Loved this Book

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Jul 07, 2016

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