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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zhu Xiao-Mei Narrator: Nancy Wu Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Zhu Xiao-Mei was three years old when she saw her first piano, a cherished instrument introduced into her family’s Beijing home by her mother. Soon after, the child began to play, developing quickly into a prodigy who immersed herself in the work of such classical masters as Bach and Brahms. Her astonishing proficiency earned her a spot at the Beijing Conservatory at the tender age of eleven, where she began laying the foundation for a promising career as a concert pianist. But in 1966, with the onset of the Cultural Revolution, life as she knew it ended abruptly. The Communist Party’s campaign against culture forced the closure of art schools and resulted in the deportation of countless Chinese, including Xiao-Mei and her entire family. She spent five years in a work camp in Inner Mongolia, suffering under abysmal living conditions and a brutal brainwashing campaign. Yet through it all, Xiao-Mei kept her dream alive, drawing on the power of music to sustain her courage. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen Harrington | 2/19/2014

    " Straightforward first person story of the artist's life in China under Mao. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet | 2/17/2014

    " Zhu Xiao-Mei's memoir is invaluable to this reader (an American of the same generation) who cares to learn what a young girl's experiences were during China's communist experiment, better known as The Cultural REvolution. This is a book that I've been waiting to read, if I didn't know it until now. In the end, though, my favorite chapter was about The Goldberg Variations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/10/2014

    " This book was very sad to me. I had not known a lot about this period in Chinese history and the book was how it affected the artists, the author in particular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lindsay | 1/30/2014

    " Good book. Didn't know anything about Mao in China so this has peaked my interest to learn more. Lovely how she was able to overcome that intense period in her life. "

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