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Vild ingefær

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,529 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Pigen Ahorn er i unåde under kulturrevolutionen, da Vild Ingefær dukker op. Hun har det værre, men klarer sig igennem med flid og troen på Mao, inden kærligheden og en katastrofe ødelægger alt.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published 2001 by Lindhardt og Ringhof
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Jun 12, 2007 Brooke rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Set in Maoist China during the Cultural Revolution, Anchee Min's "Wild Ginger" begins with two young outcast girls who find friendship as a means of survival. They live in a hostile environment where anything different is considered "anti-Mao" and can be grounds for death. Despite their intense bond, as the novel progresses their friendship is torn apart as Wild Ginger pursues militant Maoism and Maple follows her heart to love. This book is a fascinating look at how Mao's reign affected every ...more
This book makes you think about the millions of young people who had their lives taken away from them. To be hungry and impoverished is horrible enough, but to have your youth, energy and love stolen is another. To grow up in the Cultural Revolution is to have lost all of everything.

Some of the personal narratives of this period, "Wild Swan" comes to mind, tell of the deprivations and the humiliation, the power of the gang, but omit the experience of coming of age.

Maybe this is all too personal
Willem van den Oever
After the Cultural Revolution, Maple’s life in basic school becomes a hell. Her father has been sent away to a labor camp and the girl gets beaten daily by a classmate, Hot Pepper, who is the leader of the Red Guard at her school. Maple and her family are, according to the Guard, anti-Maoists and it's Hot Pepper’s job to beat the impure and bourgeois thoughts out of Maple’s head. That is, until Wild Ginger arrives at the school; a girl equally unaccepted by the Party. Having nothing to lose, the ...more
Stephen Gallup
Every so often I have to read something about the Cultural Revolution. This is largely an effort to understand my wife's background, since her early life was defined by that disgraceful patch of history. I'd previously read Anchee Min's Katherine , which is set in China after the doors opened but which pretty clearly betrayed the author's loathing for certain continuing aspects of Chinese culture. This one more closely resembles Ying Chang Compestine's autobiographical Revolution Is Not a Dinn ...more
A long-time fan of Anchee Min and her keen insight on the Cultural Revolution, this novel rocketed to the top of my favorites quite quickly - I could not put it down and resigned to doing things one-handed. She manages to pack a punch in less words: Her descriptions of the oppressive atmosphere, the irony of the fractured solidarity of the Mao "supporters," and how swept up in fear the adolescents are, is palpable and able to be touched. It hurts to read about. Wild Ginger is portrayed in the be ...more
This book is similar to her other book, Kathrine, except it really goes more in depth into the world an psyche of what it was like to be a child/teenager during the cultural revolution. It was an amazing look at how a leader can create a following by influencing the children with rewards on one hand and severe punishment on the other. It was a great look at how and why leaders/dictators are able to gain and hold power over a large mass of people, even when those same people that supported them i ...more
This book was a good, quick read about a teenage girl growing up during Chairman Mao's reign in China. Books like these can be hard to read because some parts of history just aren't fair. It provided a look into the Maoist years in China in the 60's and 70's, which I though was interesting because I don't know much about them. While reading this book, I came across an article about how Mao had tunnels dug throughout China in case of attack - creating an underground city beneath Beijing. There we ...more
I'll start by saying that this book appealed to me on a historical level, and that's probably the main reason I wanted to read it. Also, my reading had gone too wonderbread land, and I was ready for some intercultural reads. That coupled with my love for China - boom. I bought this book on a whim, went home, and didn't put it down until I finished. It was sweeping and chaotic and chock full of symbolism. I'm probably labeled low brow for my appreciation for the obviously symbolic, but I love tha ...more
I am a sucker for books about China and this one was a good read. The life of Ginger and her cohorts in the Cultural Revolution is fascinating and the story well told. It amazes me what people go through in this period. The book is also an interesting coming of age story. I think there are better Anchee Min books but this one is worth reading.
This is the story of Wild Ginger, who rose from being an untrustworthy family’s daughter to a Maoist heroine. The action takes place in Maoist China and the main characters are young children. The story of how they grow up and interact with each other is told from the viewpoint of Wild Ginger’s friend, Maple, who quickly gets entangled in Wild Ginger’s fanaticism as a Maoist. It is interesting to see through the story how Maoism affected everything including the personal lives of the people, and ...more
This book was surprisingly good. Like, I mean really good. It had been on my list for a while because I was hesitant about reading something about the cultural revolution without really knowing what that was, but once I finished a history class on China I felt like I was more than ready to understand the main points of the novel. With that being said, I would at least brush up on communism in China so you're not completely lost while reading.

The first few pages where Min was describing Maple and
Rachelle Dambrose
Told by Maple, a teen growing up in China's Cultural Revolution under Mao, "Wild Ginger" has incredible insight on life under strict communist control. Although the aspects of the culture were intriguing, the novel itself seemed to move towards a teen drama. Wild Ginger doesn't want to accept the fact that she is sexually attracted to Evergreen because of her dedication to Mao purity teachings, even though Evergreen loves her desperately. Her best friend Maple ends up with the person she is deny ...more
Maple comes of age in the midst of Mao's red China. She is lonely and constantly harrassed by a group of girls at her elementary school who enjoy beating on her and use the excuse that she is an anti-Maoist in order to get away with it. Then, Wild Ginger, a new girl, begins attending school with them - and suddenly Maple has a new friend and a staunch ally. Wild Ginger is exotic looking because she is part French, but she wants more than anything else to show everyone what a good Maoist she is. ...more
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This was not what I expected especially from the cover picture of a woman in a sensuous pose. Wild Ginger is the new girl at school and she and Maple quickly become defenders of each other and lifelong friends. But it is more than that for Maple--is she in love with Wild Ginger or just obsessed by the time they are young women. WG's father was French so she & her mother are scorned and punished as not true communnists during the cultural revolution. WG catches some thieves and becomes a hero ...more
A sad and heart-rending account of three youths during the cultural revolution. Wild Ginger and Maple are picked on by Hot Pepper because they are reactionaries and revolutionaries. They become fast friends and Wild Ginger works to become the champion of the Maoist quotation contest. This is the story of a love triangle involving Evergreen the other quotation contest winner and the love that Maple has for both Wild Ginger and Evergreen. Also Evergreen and Wild Ginger's struggle to fight the bour ...more
Another Anchee Min novel that I couldn't put down! If you liked Red Azalea, you will probably like this book. Essentially, it is the coming of age story of three teenagers living in the brutal era of Maoist China: the three youngsters battle between friendship, love, betrayal, and ultimately, their political loyality.

Overall, the story itself is interesting but bittersweet - although more bitter and sad than sweet. I found that the choppy sentences and the awkwardly structured dialogue made the
A story set to the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A quick read (one evening) that conveyed the feelings of fear and dread for anyone who didn't buy into the teachings/requirements of the time (along with the impossibility of escape). Beyond that, the characters lack realistic definition and the events take on an exaggerated theatrical feel. For all I know, this is a true story down to the last detail, but it doesn't feel real.
Adéla Tůmová
Radši bych rozkousala kořen zázvoru, než se k té knize ještě někdy přiblížila. Je to hrozné. Kniha se skládá v podstatě ze dvou témat - jedno jsou maoistické kecy a druhé život a romantická linie. Člověk neví, co je horší, kecy jsou nudné, ale nevystihují hrůzy té doby, milostná linie je děsná a nedůvěryhodná. Javor je dementní, Věčně zelený strom je dementnější a Divoký zázvor je úplně nejdementnější. Nudnější blbost jsem už dlouho nečetla.
I read this book to try and learn more about China during the time of the Cultural Revolution. I learned a lot. I feel very sorry for these families who were manipulated by the government through no fault of their own. Hunger is a good way to control masses of people and these people were not only kept hungry for the food needed to nourish their bodies they were starved by ideological control and their inability to think for themselves or to reflect and express their own thoughts. Idealism and l ...more
Even better than a friend recommending a book is when a friend gives you a book. So thanks again Carrie! Every book you have sent has been a winner...and "Wild Ginger" was no exception.

This was a short novel. And it was plotted and paced like a short story, and at just 200 pages it went by fast. Although this work was steeped in details of a specific and unique period in time--China's Cultural Revolution--it managed to read quite naturally.

It's the story of two girls in love (more or less--maybe
This was intense. About two girls growing up in Maoist China. They are labled as outsiders by the party. One of them is desperate to become recognized as a true Maoist. She succeeds, and what follows is absolutely nuts. I read this book completely in one sitting (luckily my children decided to take a marathon nap that day) because it was just so intense. I can't say I was really enjoying it though, but I just couldn't put it down. But then the whole time I was kind of wishing that I had never pi ...more
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge - a book by an author with my initials. Already branching out beyond my normal reading tastes!

I enjoyed it... I know very little about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and this book has piqued my interest to learn more.

This was a very interesting book, set in China during the period of fanatical devotion to Mao and the tenets of this Maoist revolution. It was a terrifying and unproductive period in 20th century Chinese history in which many were tortured and killed and others saw their lives virtually destroyed. The two different women who are the leading characters in this story were compelling, but somehow for me neither ever became real 3-dimensional people. The narrator and friend to Wild Ginger was better ...more
I take the wounds as my medals.

Such a diverse and eye opening book. I felt like I was reading and alter ego of Tiger Lily and it really makes me tear up.
Mannan Salam
Certainly not her best title after having read four of her books. Still a good read though. Recommended reads by Anchee Min, Madamme Mao and Empress Orchid.
It tried very/too hard, but failed to be interesting enough in its characters and story line. Don't really understand the author's choices.
A taut description of the cultural revolution in China from the perspective of three people. Grippingly authentic and deserving of a 3.75.
Lisa Teixeira
I particularly enjoyed this book after visiting China. This is very compelling bio-fiction based on Min's life.
Set in the early '70's inside China at the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution

Wild Ginger and her friend Maple are targets for persecution by the fanatic Mao-ist schoolmates as young teens. As time goes by, the girls meet a boy, Evergreen, and a love story evolves - but it is distorted by the political climate.

This is a harrowing and eye-opening story of the Cultural Revolution, about which I knew very little. It sounds like full-on brainwashing, like a bizarre cult! What a horrible way to live.
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Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao's Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty countries. She has since published six novels, including Pearl of China and the forthc ...more
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