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Red Azalea by Anchee Min
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Oct 27, 10

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Read in June, 2010

I read this book as I was slated to lead a discussion Pearl of China for our bookclub. I found Anchee Min's story so powerful and so frightening that the Cultural Revolution took place in my lifetime. Min describes how her family was forced into smaller an smaller living spaces, her schooling which was nothing more that memorization of the communist party line and having to prove her loyalty to the party even as a child. In her teenage years she was sent to perform backbreaking work on a farm from where she was chosen to be in the propaganda film Red Azalea. somehow she manages to be strong. I want desperatly to know more abut her and will look for a sequel.
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message 1: by Jo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jo The sequel has arrived in the form of "The Cooked Seed". I just finished it and my ears are still ringing......now, on to "Becoming Madame Mao"


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