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Wild Ginger: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2010

    Heartbreaking Cultural Revolution novel

    To start with, this is not Lisa See. Anchee Min makes Lisa See look like a pansy.
    Anchee Min's work is simultaneously much deeper and much shallower than the novels about China typically sold to an American audience. The shallow part is the writing - it is not completely sterling. The author is not a native speaker of English, and as a result the novel frequently sounds like it's being filtered through a tinny translation.
    At the same time, she has a remarkable grasp of how to make large historical events seem small, personal, and gut-wrenching. If the characters do not seem entirely real, it is because they are more legends than people, meant to effect an overarching view of the world and its history.
    It's a short but emotionally affecting read and very different from other novels about the Cultural Revolution that have become popular in English. It's well worth reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Incredible...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Had so much potenial.

    I read this book and Anchee Min had some good ideas. The relationships the characters had with each other could have been taken a step further. I was sort of disappointed with this novel, not because it was bad but because it didn't live up to its potential. I believe Min could have emphasized more on the situation with Wild Ginger being an outcast during the Cultural Revolution, simply because of her foriegn looking eyes. That was a good element that could've been taken much further. And the situation with Maple. This novel could have done so much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Another view of Mao's cultural revolution

    This is another story of the cultural revolution in China. I guess having read what I think is one of the best accounts of this time 'The Little Chinese Seamstress', this pales in comparison. But the characters were strong and well drawn. The story of trying to survive in a forced military government, choosing Mao over one's self and later the realization of how absurb this really is, was interesting. I found the closing chapter to be phenomenal with a fitting ending to the book and the Mao revolution. Overall a very worthwhile read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    Compelling tale!

    This is a quick, interesting read! An interesting look into Mao-Tse-Dong's era... The culture is so different, however, the characters are relatable and intruiging. Ms. Min's story has everything for all ages... friendship, history, politics, "religion", culture and romance.

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