Red Azalea

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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."




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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

A compelling and very personal story of a unique experience. Well-written and definitely not something that would have been published in China. Stands out from other books about that period of time because of how personal it is. Read full review

RED AZALEA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fascinating memoir of a young Chinese girl during the collapse of the Maoist regime. As a schoolgirl, Min distinguishes herself as a young communist—and a high point of her career as head of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
25
Section 3
45
Section 4
63
Section 5
94
Section 6
122
Section 7
136
Section 8
159
Section 9
183
Section 10
193
Section 11
195
Section 12
197
Section 13
305
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About the author (2011)

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 came to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress Joan Chen. Her memoir, Red Azalea, won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award in 1993 and was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1994. Other works from Min include Becoming Madame Mao, Empress Orchid, Katherine, and Wild Ginger


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