le 17 janvier 2013
Zhu Xiao-Mei, a superb pianist, tells the story of her life, as a young person during the Culteral Revolution and survivor of forced re-education, as a struggling musician who suffers a late start, and a young adult attempting to find her place in the world while lacking the emotional stability of a normal childhood. A fascinating account. The translation by poet Ellen HInsey reads beautifully. This book has been my first choice as a present for my music-loving friends.
le 19 mai 2013
A great read, interesting, informative and uplifting. The great love affair in this book is the love of music which is symbolized by the piano which the young girl and her mother own and which plays a role in the development of the story and of the character of Zhu, the protagonist. We also learn a lot about youthful attitudes and events during the Mao years, the camps, the hardships and the resilience of the young girl caught up in the brutalities of the regime. Maturity came with leaving the camp, facing the illusions she had lived with about the political situation and her continuing ambition to become an acclaimed musician.
We can only marvel at the strength of human nature and the ability to overcome physical and mental violence and reach peace within oneself.
le 7 février 2014
More interested in History than in Art, I found this book just ok. There were too many references to works and musicians, the author lives for Music, breathes Music...I ended up skipping whole parts in the book. I wish the parts about the life in Mao's camps and prisons were more developed.