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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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Red Azalea
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Red Azalea
September 3rd, 2015
Masterful exposure of details which, once read, should never be forgotten. Completely destroyed my personal habit of limiting my reading of ten pages per day.
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March 23rd, 2014
Interesting novel. Was an easy read and had good information about the cultural revolution in China.
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