Red Azalea by Anchee Min
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Red Azalea Summary
Red Azalea is Anchee Min's celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao's China. As a child, she 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. A revelatory and disturbing portrait of China, Anchee Min's memoir 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."
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"A straightforward biography would have served better than this flat, hagiographic narrative." - Kirkus Reviews
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Anchee Min Author Biography
Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957 during the rule of communist leader Mao
Zedong. She was chosen to become a leader of the Little Red Guards, a group of
elementary school children who supported and believed in Mao's ideas. Like every
child of her generation, Min was taught to write "Long Live Chairman Mao!"
before she was taught to write her own name. She believed in Mao and Communism.
At the age of 17, she was sent to a labor camp near East China Sea, where she
discovered the truth of Mao's calling. She endured mental and physical
hardships, which included a severe spinal cord injury.
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