Wild Ginger (2020)

Wild Ginger Anchee Min Wild Ginger The beautiful iron willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her foreign colored eyes Her classmate Maple is a
  • Title: Wild Ginger
  • Author: Anchee Min
  • ISBN: 9780618380435
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
Wild Ginger Anchee Min The beautiful, iron willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her, but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her foreign colored eyes Her classmate Maple is also a target of persecution It is through the quieter, skeptical Maple, a less than ardent Maoist whose father is languishing in prison for a minor crime, that we seeThe beautiful, iron willed Wild Ginger is only in elementary school when we first meet her, but already she has been singled out by the Red Guards for her foreign colored eyes Her classmate Maple is also a target of persecution It is through the quieter, skeptical Maple, a less than ardent Maoist whose father is languishing in prison for a minor crime, that we see this story to its tragic end The Red Guards have branded Wild Ginger s deceased father a traitor and eventually drive her mother to a gruesome suicide, but she fervently embraces Maoism to save her spirit She rises quickly through the ranks and is held up as a national model for Maoism Wild Ginger now has everything, even a young man who vies for her heart But Mao s prohibition on romantic love places her in an untenable position Into this sexually charged situation steps Maple, creating an uneasy triangle that Min has portrayed with keen psychological insight and her characteristic gift for lyrical eroticism.
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  1. Louise

    This book makes you think about the millions of young people who had their lives taken away from them To be hungry and impoverished is horrible enough, but to have your youth, energy and love stolen is another To grow up in the Cultural Revolution is to have lost all of everything.Some of the personal narratives of this period, Wild Swan comes to mind, tell of the deprivations and the humiliation, the power of the gang, but omit the experience of coming of age.Maybe this is all too personal a th [...]

  2. Brooke

    Set in Maoist China during the Cultural Revolution, Anchee Min s Wild Ginger begins with two young outcast girls who find friendship as a means of survival They live in a hostile environment where anything different is considered anti Mao and can be grounds for death Despite their intense bond, as the novel progresses their friendship is torn apart as Wild Ginger pursues militant Maoism and Maple follows her heart to love This book is a fascinating look at how Mao s reign affected every aspect o [...]

  3. Willem van den Oever

    After the Cultural Revolution, Maple s life in basic school becomes a hell Her father has been sent away to a labor camp and the girl gets beaten daily by a classmate, Hot Pepper, who is the leader of the Red Guard at her school Maple and her family are, according to the Guard, anti Maoists and it s Hot Pepper s job to beat the impure and bourgeois thoughts out of Maple s head That is, until Wild Ginger arrives at the school a girl equally unaccepted by the Party Having nothing to lose, the new [...]

  4. Stephen Gallup

    Every so often I have to read something about the Cultural Revolution This is largely an effort to understand my wife s background, since her early life was defined by that disgraceful patch of history I d previously read Anchee Min s Katherine, which is set in China after the doors opened but which pretty clearly betrayed the author s loathing for certain continuing aspects of Chinese culture This one closely resembles Ying Chang Compestine s autobiographical Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party.E [...]

  5. Nicolette

    A long time fan of Anchee Min and her keen insight on the Cultural Revolution, this novel rocketed to the top of my favorites quite quickly I could not put it down and resigned to doing things one handed She manages to pack a punch in less words Her descriptions of the oppressive atmosphere, the irony of the fractured solidarity of the Mao supporters, and how swept up in fear the adolescents are, is palpable and able to be touched It hurts to read about Wild Ginger is portrayed in the beginning [...]

  6. Ray Dambrose

    Told by Maple, a teen growing up in China s Cultural Revolution under Mao, Wild Ginger has incredible insight on life under strict communist control Although the aspects of the culture were intriguing, the novel itself seemed to move towards a teen drama Wild Ginger doesn t want to accept the fact that she is sexually attracted to Evergreen because of her dedication to Mao purity teachings, even though Evergreen loves her desperately Her best friend Maple ends up with the person she is denying a [...]

  7. Rachal

    This book is similar to her other book, Kathrine, except it really goes in depth into the world an psyche of what it was like to be a child teenager during the cultural revolution It was an amazing look at how a leader can create a following by influencing the children with rewards on one hand and severe punishment on the other It was a great look at how and why leaders dictators are able to gain and hold power over a large mass of people, even when those same people that supported them in the [...]

  8. Courtney

    This book was a good, quick read about a teenage girl growing up during Chairman Mao s reign in China Books like these can be hard to read because some parts of history just aren t fair It provided a look into the Maoist years in China in the 60 s and 70 s, which I though was interesting because I don t know much about them While reading this book, I came across an article about how Mao had tunnels dug throughout China in case of attack creating an underground city beneath Beijing There were a t [...]

  9. Lynne

    Fantastic novel about China s cultural revolution The author is excellent at showing through the way she writes scenes Although the main characters are teenagers, this book engaged my interest throughout While the ending seemed a little rushed and a little unbelievable, this is a minor nit in an overall excellent book.

  10. Larry

    I am a sucker for books about China and this one was a good read The life of Ginger and her cohorts in the Cultural Revolution is fascinating and the story well told It amazes me what people go through in this period The book is also an interesting coming of age story I think there are better Anchee Min books but this one is worth reading.

  11. Heather

    I ve always been baffled by religious, cultural, or political philosophies that seem to fly in the face of the very things that make us human Love, sex, the need to celebrate rather through biological imperative or the need to feel a sense of belonging, humans have always found ways to express these and other emotions through our cultural and societal institutions This is one reason that, while I consider myself religiously tolerant, I don t really get Jehovah s Witnesses It feels against human [...]

  12. Karsten Vestergaard

    Selvom ytringsfriheden fortsat har trange k r i Kina, er det som om kommunistpartiet i de seneste rti har tilladt en vis opbl dning, s det er muligt at forfattere, at ytre sig kritisk omkring samfundet i hvert fald s l nge de holder sig til begivenheder, der ligger tilpas langt tilbage til tiden.Den form for betinget ytringsfrihed, kan der sagtens stilles sp rgsm lstegn ved, men trods alt er det positivt, at forfattere som Mo Yan, Yan Lianke, Li Kunwu o.a bliver udgivet og l st.P samme m de har [...]

  13. Sandra

    Anchee Min s Wild Ginger relates a love story in the midst of turmoil told from the point of view of a teenage girl, Maple, who suffers at the hands of a bully, Hot Pepper, because Maple s father was in a forced labor camp at the beginning of Mao s Cultural Revolution She meets the title character, Wild Ginger, when the latter joins her school class Because Wild Ginger has foreign eyes and her father is half French, she becomes another target for Hot Pepper, but Wild Ginger fights back and the b [...]

  14. Zipporiah

    This book was surprisingly good Like, I mean really good It had been on my list for a while because I was hesitant about reading something about the cultural revolution without really knowing what that was, but once I finished a history class on China I felt like I was than ready to understand the main points of the novel With that being said, I would at least brush up on communism in China so you re not completely lost while reading.The first few pages where Min was describing Maple and how th [...]

  15. Arminzerella

    Maple comes of age in the midst of Mao s red China She is lonely and constantly harrassed by a group of girls at her elementary school who enjoy beating on her and use the excuse that she is an anti Maoist in order to get away with it Then, Wild Ginger, a new girl, begins attending school with them and suddenly Maple has a new friend and a staunch ally Wild Ginger is exotic looking because she is part French, but she wants than anything else to show everyone what a good Maoist she is The two gi [...]

  16. Melinda

    This was so messed up Honestly, a generation lost, no thanks to Mao and his Army Ugh His philosophies and army aka bullies leave a distaste in my mouth He s not so much of a leader than a dictator who crams his ideas down people s throats and has everyone waste their days doing nothing but propaganda stuff and starve The author was just that good at stirring up my fury against the early days of communist Chinaor maybe I am not a fan of communist China to begin withyways back to the actual review [...]

  17. Lindsey

    I ll start by saying that this book appealed to me on a historical level, and that s probably the main reason I wanted to read it Also, my reading had gone too wonderbread land, and I was ready for some intercultural reads That coupled with my love for China boom I bought this book on a whim, went home, and didn t put it down until I finished It was sweeping and chaotic and chock full of symbolism I m probably labeled low brow for my appreciation for the obviously symbolic, but I love that stuff [...]

  18. Dani

    Another Anchee Min novel that I couldn t put down If you liked Red Azalea, you will probably like this book Essentially, it is the coming of age story of three teenagers living in the brutal era of Maoist China the three youngsters battle between friendship, love, betrayal, and ultimately, their political loyality.Overall, the story itself is interesting but bittersweet although bitter and sad than sweet I found that the choppy sentences and the awkwardly structured dialogue made the story seem [...]

  19. Kirsten

    A sad and heart rending account of three youths during the cultural revolution Wild Ginger and Maple are picked on by Hot Pepper because they are reactionaries and revolutionaries They become fast friends and Wild Ginger works to become the champion of the Maoist quotation contest This is the story of a love triangle involving Evergreen the other quotation contest winner and the love that Maple has for both Wild Ginger and Evergreen Also Evergreen and Wild Ginger s struggle to fight the bourgeis [...]

  20. Shelley

    This was not what I expected especially from the cover picture of a woman in a sensuous pose Wild Ginger is the new girl at school and she and Maple quickly become defenders of each other and lifelong friends But it is than that for Maple is she in love with Wild Ginger or just obsessed by the time they are young women WG s father was French so she her mother are scorned and punished as not true communnists during the cultural revolution WG catches some thieves and becomes a heroine, even meeti [...]

  21. Kavita

    This is the story of Wild Ginger, who rose from being an untrustworthy family s daughter to a Maoist heroine The action takes place in Maoist China and the main characters are young children The story of how they grow up and interact with each other is told from the viewpoint of Wild Ginger s friend, Maple, who quickly gets entangled in Wild Ginger s fanaticism as a Maoist It is interesting to see through the story how Maoism affected everything including the personal lives of the people, and ha [...]

  22. Arielle Masters

    This was written in the style of a YA novel simple and brief and somewhat repetitive but had a bit sex in the second half than I d normally expect to find in YA works It was a disturbing read about teen life under Chairman Mao Not having studied that much, I m not sure how much was autobiographical, how much was loosely based on the author s friends and family s experiences, and how much might have been exaggerated Sounds to me like a horrible place and time to grow up and go to school I did li [...]

  23. Melissa Cabbage

    Every now and then, I find a book that is so raw and outrageous I can never decide how I feel towards it I hated the characters in this book, and I hated the romance in it It was disgusting I hated every quotation from Mao Zedong inside and I had to skip over all of it because I was afraid of agreeing with him It wasn t so much as what he said that was wrong, but of the way he chose to execute it But I didn t want any similarities with him, I didn t even want to agree that he also did it out of [...]

  24. Ray

    Even better than a friend recommending a book is when a friend gives you a book So thanks again Carrie Every book you have sent has been a winnerd Wild Ginger was no exception.This was a short novel And it was plotted and paced like a short story, and at just 200 pages it went by fast Although this work was steeped in details of a specific and unique period in time China s Cultural Revolution it managed to read quite naturally.It s the story of two girls in love or less maybe not so explicit , [...]

  25. Jo

    I read this book to try and learn about China during the time of the Cultural Revolution I learned a lot I feel very sorry for these families who were manipulated by the government through no fault of their own Hunger is a good way to control masses of people and these people were not only kept hungry for the food needed to nourish their bodies they were starved by ideological control and their inability to think for themselves or to reflect and express their own thoughts Idealism and loyalty t [...]

  26. Susan

    This was a very interesting book, set in China during the period of fanatical devotion to Mao and the tenets of this Maoist revolution It was a terrifying and unproductive period in 20th century Chinese history in which many were tortured and killed and others saw their lives virtually destroyed The two different women who are the leading characters in this story were compelling, but somehow for me neither ever became real 3 dimensional people The narrator and friend to Wild Ginger was better re [...]

  27. Laura

    I couldn t put this book down It was a compelling glimpse of life in Communist China during the rule of Chariman Mao Two young women become friends under difficult circumstances They have heart wrenching experiences to live through They struggle to survive through situations that seem impossible to overcome They are excellent foils for one another, like two divergent paths Which path would you choose How will the road direct you on your journey And once the love of a man becomes a possibility fo [...]

  28. Lisa

    This was intense About two girls growing up in Maoist China They are labled as outsiders by the party One of them is desperate to become recognized as a true Maoist She succeeds, and what follows is absolutely nuts I read this book completely in one sitting luckily my children decided to take a marathon nap that day because it was just so intense I can t say I was really enjoying it though, but I just couldn t put it down But then the whole time I was kind of wishing that I had never picked it u [...]

  29. Susan

    Wild Ginger is the story of three teenagers during China s Cultural Revolution who find themselves embroiled in a dangerous love triangle in a time of lawlessness and chaos If I hadn t read Red Azalea or Becoming Madame Mao before picking up Wild Ginger, I would have thought Wild Ginger a brilliant book It is a quick read and perfect for when you re between books and need something to read for a few days But if you haven t read Anchee Min, I suggest reading Red Azalea or Becoming Madame Mao firs [...]

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