Red Azalea by Anchee Min

Red Azalea by Anchee Min

I had to read this book for school. I was not expecting much from it, just another book that we had to actively read. It turns out that this book is a lot more then just a story we find themes in. This book is a memoir about what it was like to live in Communist China under the rule of Mao. Anchee Min has to survive growing up in Communist China, as a child she is trained to become a perfect Communist by joining the Little Red Guard, when she turns 17 she is sent to work at a labor camp where they farm. As Anchee survives, it is amazing to see how someone can still remain an individual within Communist China. I found this book easy to read with the simple sentences. Anchee is writing this in her second language, English. The writing is very simple and to the point, but that just adds another layer to the story. This book got a little bit descriptive when describing the relationships between people, but it had to be part of the story because it really effected Anchee. The ending was satisfying and it was cool to see it almost come full circle. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about dictatorship, Communism and indoctrination.

Red Azalea
by Anchee Min
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