The Secret Piano

The Secret Piano

From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations

Book - 2012
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Zhu Xiao-Mei was born into a middle-class family in 1969 in Beijing. She was a child prodigy on the piano, taught by her mother, and she immersed herself in the classical masters. This book tells Zhu's story through her difficult early years, longing for the comfort of playing piano, through to her emigration to France, where she was able to fully embrace her passion.
Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : Amazon Crossing, 2012
ISBN: 9781611090772
Branch Call Number: 92 Z617s 2012
Characteristics: xii, 316 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hinsey, Ellen 1960-


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Jun 09, 2015

Zhu Xiao-Mei talked extensively about her experience through the horrifying cultural revolution. She had to go through many hardships that many other Chinese people went through, and she admitted readily that her experience was not the worst, far from it. And as someone who grew up in 1960s China, I can confirm this and all the horror stories that she recounted, these were unfortunately common in China at that time. However, she wrote it in such a personal approach that it is very powerful. I liked it that she also admitted that she was not above Mao's indoctrination and was an active participant of the "revolution", which made her disillusion all the more powerful. The book is ultimately uplifting as she did achieve personal success as well as a certain professional success.


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